The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain – and the list includes outstanding projects ranging form a school in Afghanistan to a cemetery in Australia.  Every three years the Aga Khan Award is given to one outstanding project that excels in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. The 20 nominees announced today are eligible for part of a 1-million dollar fund, and the five or six finalists will be announced in September of this year.

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In the past, we’ve covered some of the winners such as the Wadi Hanifa Wetlands and the METI School in Bangladesh. This year, the range of projects reflects the award’s purpose of honoring buildings that impact public life.

According to award direction Farrokh Derakhshani, “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.”

The nominees for the award are:

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, Herat, Afghanistan
Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Austria
Museum of Handcraft Paper, Gaoligong Mountain, China
Rehabilitation of Nagaur Fort, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
Preservation of the Mbaru Niang, Wae Rebo Village, Flores Island, Indonesia
Apartment No.1, Mahallat, Iran
Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, Tabriz, Iran
Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, Tripoli, Lebanon
Hassan II Bridge, Rabat, Morocco
Mohammed VI Football Academy, Salé, Morocco
Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites, Guelmim Region, Morocco
Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre, Birzeit, Palestine
Umubano Primary School, Kigali, Rwanda
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, Limpopo, South Africa
Post-Tsunami Housing, Kirinda, Sri Lanka
Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, Khartoum, Sudan
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, Damascus, Syria
Kantana Film and Animation Institute, Nakhon Prathom, Thailand
The Met Tower, Bangkok, Thailand
Thula Fort Restoration, Thula, Yemen

+ Aga Khan Development Network

Via World Architecture News