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Marina Tabassum in the Aga Khan Architecture Award steering committee

  • Published at 02:40 pm March 21st, 2021
Aga Khan architecture award steering committee
Members of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture steering committee (from top left) Emre Arolat, Marina Tabassum, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Sarah M Whiting, Aga Khan (bottom left), Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, Sir David Chipperfield, Meisa Batayneh and Nasser Rabbat are seen in this combination photo Courtesy

Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has announced the members of its steering committee for the 2020-2022 cycle.

Marina Tabassum, a renowned Bangladeshi architect and one of the past winners of the award, is part of the committee, said a press release issued on Sunday.

The committee is chaired by Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network.

The other members of the steering committee are Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities; Emre Arolat, founder of Emre Arolat Architecture; Meisa Batayneh, principal architect at Maisam Architects and Engineers; Sir David Chipperfield, founder of David Chipperfield Architects; Souleymane Bachir Diagne, director of Columbia University’s Institute of African Studies: Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Sarah M Whiting, dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

The steering committee is the governing body of the award while Farrokh Derakhshani is the director.

Established in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture has a prize fund of $1,000,000.

The consistency of its nomination and selection process has made it, in the eyes of many observers, one of the world’s most important architectural prizes, according to the media release.

Ceremonies to announce the winning projects and mark the close of each triennial cycle are always held in settings selected for their architectural and cultural importance to the Muslim world.

Previous venues for award ceremonies include Shalimar Gardens in Lahore (1980), Topkapi Palace in Istanbul (1983), the Alhambra in Granada (1998), Mughal emperor Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi (2004), the Musa Jalil Tatar Theatre and the Kazan Kremlin in Russia (2019).