Five Projects Win Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria / Bernado Bader Architects. Image © AKAA / Adolf Bereuter

The Master Jury for the 2013 has announced five deserving projects as winners of the prestigious, US$1 million prize. Since the award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the prize and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented for exhibiting architectural excellence and improving the overall quality of life in their regions.

The 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture winners include:

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist Announced

The Met Tower, Bangkok, Thailand / WOHA Architects © AKAA / Patrick Bingham-Hall

From innovative mud and bamboo schools to state of the art “green” high-rises, the Master Jury for the 2013 has selected 20 deserving nominees to be in the running for the prestigious, US$1 million prize. Since the award was launched 36 years ago, over 100 projects have received the prize and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented for exhibiting architectural excellence and improving the overall quality of life in their regions. 

Farrokh Derakhshani, the Director of the Award, remarked: “The Master Jury, which includes some of the most prominent architects of our time, made interesting choices this year. For example, they chose schools in Afghanistan and Syria, but they also chose a hospital in Sudan, a high rise in Bangkok and the reconstruction of a refugee camp in Lebanon. In many ways, the choices reflect a central preoccupation of the Award: the impact of buildings and public spaces on the quality of life. Now this seems fairly mainstream, but we must remember that the Aga Khan Award has been talking about ‘human scale’ and ‘’ since 1977”.

The 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Shortlist includes: