Dohaland Seminar - The Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Voices from Doha
This presentation focuses on the process of the AKAA technical review and jury process based on my recent experience as reviewer in the latest 33rd Cycle of the AKAA. It sheds light on nature of the review process starting with the project nomination, selection of reviewers, reviewers responsibilities, project study, visit, report writing, and presentation of project to the master jury committee. The Aga Khan Award’s process of projects technical review is one of the most rigorous and comprehensive review processes of architecture awards.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established in 1977 by His Highness the Aga Khan. It recognizes examples of architectural excellence that encompass contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, restoration, re-use, and area conservation, as well as landscaping and environmental issues. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Technical Review and Jury Process: A Recent Experience
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture: Voices from Doha
Wednesday January 12th 2011
AKAA Technical Review and Jury Process:A Recent Experience
Dr. Yasser MahgoubAssociate Professor of Architecture, QU
The First Cycle , 1975
The Award’s objectives
Encourage architecture that reflects the pluralism that has always characterized Muslim communities.”
No fixed criteria for the type, nature, location or cost of projects to be considered
Eligible projects must be designed for or used by Muslim communities, in part or in whole, wherever they are located.
The Agra Fort has won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in the year 2004
Project Identification and Nomination
The Award encourages and accepts recommendations for projects to be considered from all possible sources.
All interested persons can submit projects for the Award by completing a simple form or by completing the on-line form.
Architectsand others associated with projects are welcome to recommend their own works.
The Award invites younger architects and emerging talentsto submit their works.
All projects must meet the eligibility criteria.
Eligibility criteria focus on projects completed during the last two cycles of the Award, covering the last six-year.
Eligible projects must be completed and have been in use for at least one full year.
Large and/or long-term projects that are not yet fully completed – such as urban design, area conservation, and community upgrading schemes, among others – are also eligible so long asa tangible portion has been completed and demonstrates the potential success of the long-term project.
Re-Forestation Programme of the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
Sixth Award Cycle, 1960 and ongoing
All types of building projects that affect today’s environments
Frommodest small-scale interventions tomajor complexes and urban or regional design.
Community and neighborhood projects
Urban areas and issues
Offices and commercial facilities
Educational and health facilities.
The Award has encouraged submissions under the following three categories for the 2010 cycle, which were under-representedamong nominated projects:
Industry and places of work
Public spaces, small and large
On-Site Project Review
Project Reviewers are architectural professionals specializing in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design and restoration.
Their task is to examine on site each of the projects shortlisted by the Master Jury, verifying project data and seeking additional informationsuch as user reactions.
On-Site Project Review Report
Reviewers report on projects located outside their native countries.
two to four days on-site, exclusive of travel.
Detailed set of criteriain their written reports, and must also respond to specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project.
The report is conceived in two sections:
The firstsection should seek to be objective, and will form the basis of public reports, releases, and various publications of the Award.
The secondsection will be an internal document and should reflect the reviewer’s personal judgment of the project.
II. Contextual Information
V. Construction Schedule and Costs
VI. Technical Assessment
VIII. Persons involved
X. Project Significance
Project Presentation to Master Jury
Reviewers travel to Geneva one or two days in advance of the final meetings of the Master Jury.
On the first two days, reviewers are required to report on each of the projects they visited, with a prepared visual presentation of materials including photographstaken by the project photographer and other materials collected by the reviewer or available at the Award office.
Review and Selection Procedures Master Jury
The review of projects and the selection of award recipients is the responsibility of an independent Master Jury specially appointed for each Award cycle.
Each jury is pluridisciplinary, and brings together specialists in such fields as history, engineering, philosophy, architectural conservation, and contemporary arts, as well as practicing architects, landscape architects and urban planners.
SouleymaneBachirDiagne (Professor, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA) Omar AbdulazizHallaj (Architect; Chief Executive Officer, Syria Trust for Development, Syria) Salah M. Hassan (Art historian and curator; director of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, USA) FaryarJavaherian (Architect and curator; co-founder of Gamma Consultants, Iran) AnishKapoor (Artist, UK) Kongjian Yu (Landscape architect and urbanist; founder and dean of Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University, China) Jean Nouvel (Architect; founding partner, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, France Alice Rawsthorn (Design critic, International Herald Tribune, UK) Basem Al Shihabi (Architect; Managing Partner, Omrania & Associates, Saudi Arabia)
Review and Selection Procedures Master Jury
For the Eleventh Award Cycle, the Master Jury held two meetings to arrive at its final decisions.
At its first meeting, the jury reviewed the submissions enrolled through the nomination programme.
The jury examines the documentation on each project and select approximately twenty-five to thirty projects for On-Site Project Review by experts selected by the Award.
At the second week-long meeting of the Master Jury, the Project Reviewers make personal presentations on the projects they have reviewed.
Selection of Award Recipients
After evaluating the projects in closed sessions, the Jurors select the Award recipients and determine the apportionment of the US$ 500,000 prize fund.
Master Jury apportions prizes among the contributors - architects, other design and construction professionals, craftsmen, clients and institutions - whom it considers most responsible for the success of each project.
The decisions of the Master Jury are final.
American University of Beirut Campus Master Plan, Beirut, Lebanon
Chandgaon Mosque, Chittagong, Bangladesh
CBF Women’s Health Centre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Conservation of Gjirokastra, Gjirokastra, Albania
Nishorgo Visitor Interpretation Centre, Teknaf, Bangladesh
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
Restoration of the Rubber Smokehouse, Lunas, Kedah, Malaysia
Rehabilitation of Al Qaraouiyine Mosque, Fez, Morocco
Souk Waqif, Doha, Qatar
Yodakandyia Community Centre, Hambantota District, Sri Lanka
Bridge School, Xiashi, China
WadiHanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
Revitalization of the recent Heritage of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia
Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey
The shortlist of 19 nominees for the 2010 cycle of Aga Khan Award for Architecture was announced by the Master Jury. The nominees, which range from a textile factory in Turkey to a school built on a bridge in China, are located in Albania, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Turkey.
Winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture
WadiHanifa WetlandsRiyadh, Saudi ArabiaPlanners: Moriyama & Teshima Planners Limited & BuroHappold in joint ventureClient: High Commission for the Development of Arriyadh/Arriyadh Development Authority
Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of TunisTunis, TunisiaArchitect: Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina de TunisClient: Municipality of Tunis
Bridge SchoolXiashi, Fujian Province, ChinaArchitect: Li Xiaodong AtelierClient: Xiashi Village
Madinat al-Zahra MuseumCordoba, SpainArchitect: Nieto SobejanoArquitectos, Fuensanta Nieto & Enrique SobejanoClient: Junta de Andalucía, Consejería de Cultura
Ipekyol Textile FactoryEdirne, TurkeyArchitect: EAA - EmreArolat ArchitectsClient: IpekyolGiyimSanayi
Five Projects Received 2010 Aga Khan Award
The five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, November 24, 2010.
His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness SheikhaMozabint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.
Summary of the Review Process
2010 On Site Review ReportAmerican University in BeirutBeirut, Lebanon (3980.LEB)
By: Yasser Mahgoub
SASAKI and Machado/Silvetti
American University in Beirut
2000 - 2001
2002 – On going
The Master Plan Successes