We've been waiting three years for the next round of Aga Khan winners, and we're happy to report that the top five projects of 2010 were just announced last week. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is a prestigious award given every three years to acknowledge and encourage excellence in architecture and other forms of intervention in the built environment, particularly where Muslims have a significant presence. This year, out of 409 projects submitted, the Master Jury whittled down the list to only 19 and then to the final five - all of which exemplify architecture that improves the lives of people in their communities. The winners include a school that bridges two sides of a town, a museum, a wetlands restoration project, a textile factory and a historic renovation project. Read on to find out more about each winner.
The Aga Khan Awards, last given in 2007, are decided upon every three years and recognizes all types of building projects that affect today’s built environment, from modest, small-scale projects to sizable complexes. The award does not just recognize architects for their creative, innovative or inspiring works, but also recognizes municipalities, builders, clients, master craftsmen and engineers who have played an important role in shaping the built landscape. In this awards cycle, the Master Jury, responsible for choosing the winners, noted that a central factor their selection included issues of identity and plurality and their intersection in an increasingly globalized world. The Jury emphasized “the generous and pluralistic visions reflected through the winning projects, and the transformative roles they have played in the improvement of the quality of the built environment both in places with a majority of Muslims and in societies where Muslims are in a minority.” + Aga Khan Award for Architecture