The final Award recipients will be announced at a ceremony in Doha, Qatar in October 2010.
The 19 nominees for the 11th Cycle of the Award are:
Conservation of Gjirokastra, Gjirokastra, Albania
Chandgaon Mosque, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Nishorgo Visitor Interpretation Centre, Teknaf, Bangladesh
CBF Women’s Health Centre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Bridge School, Xiashi, China
Tulou Collective Housing, Guangzhou, China
Palmyra House, Alibagh, India
Green School, Bali, Indonesia
Reconstruction of Ngibikan Village, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Dowlat II Residential Building, Tehran, Iran
American University of Beirut Campus Master Plan, Beirut, Lebanon
Restoration of the Rubber Smokehouse, Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia
Rehabilitation of Al Qaraouiyine Mosque, Fez, Morocco
Souk Waqif, Doha, Qatar
Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
Yodakandyia Community Centre, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka
Revitalization of the recent Heritage of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia
Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture not only rewards architects, but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master craftsmen and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project. The Award’s mandate is different from that of many other architecture prizes: it selects projects—from innovative mud and bamboo schools to state of the art “green” buildings—that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Since the Award was launched 33 years ago, over 100 projects have received the award and more than 7,500 building projects have been documented.
Projects that have received the Award range from a primary school in Burkina Faso designed by local architect Diébédo Francis Kéré to an SOM-designed airport in Saudi Arabia and from the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, designed by Jean Nouvel, to Ken Yeang’s groundbreaking bioclimatic office building in Malaysia. Other past Award recipients have included Lord Norman Foster and Ricardo Legorreta.
Palmyra House by Studio Mumbai Architects, Bijoy Jain. Night view of the North block with its reflection in the pool in the foreground. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Rajesh Vora.
Nishorgo Oirabot Nature Interpretation Centre in Teknaf, Bangladesh by Ehsan Khan. Ramp and pavilion. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / BKS Inan.
Chandgaon Mosque in Chittagong, Bangladesh by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury. Surrounding of the mosque, view from the main courtyard. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / BKS Inan.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture