AKAA International Symposium, Reggio Emilia, Italy - Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries. Case Studies in Africa - features AKAA 2013 laureate Salam Heart Surgery Centre in Sobo (Khartoum, Sudan) (Image credit: TAM Associates)

AKAA & Italy’s Reggio Emilia – Expo Milano 2015 sponsor International Symposium “Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries: Case Studies in Africa

Research & Perspective by A. Maherali for Ismailimail An international symposium was held in Reggio Emilia, Italy on October 23 – 24 2015 focusing on good architecture in difficult places, focusing on an example of best practice: Salam Heart Surgery Centre, operated by the NGO Emergency, designed by TAMassociati and built in Khartoum, Sudan, winner of the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The quality … Continue reading AKAA & Italy’s Reggio Emilia – Expo Milano 2015 sponsor International Symposium “Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries: Case Studies in Africa

AKAA Exhibition "Architecture is Life" featured at EUROPALIA focus on Turkey

AKAA Exhibition “Architecture is Life” featured at EUROPALIA focus on Turkey

” In the frame of EUROPALIA TURKEY, this prestigious award will present a focus on Turkish architects.” ARCHITECTURE IS LIFE AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE The exhibition showcases the Aga Khan Award for Architecture through the winners and shortlisted projects of the most recent award cycle as well as 14 Turkish winners of the Award, particularly the Award’s interest in building schemes that use local … Continue reading AKAA Exhibition “Architecture is Life” featured at EUROPALIA focus on Turkey

Integral Lens Series: John Kosmopoulos work features Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Integral Lens Series: John Kosmopoulos work features Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto

12th December, 2015: Pygmalion Karatzas presents the Integral Lens Series: John Kosmopoulos Editor: Anthi Rozi – Text: Pygmalion Karatzas In this article, we feature the work of John Kosmopoulos from Toronto, Canada. He is a consultant, author and professor in the behaviour sciences and a fine art photographer, specializing in colour and black and white architecture, abstract, long exposure and minimalist subjects. His award winning … Continue reading Integral Lens Series: John Kosmopoulos work features Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre, Toronto

Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT's School of Architecture Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One

Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One

Before coming to MIT to serve as dean of the School of Architecture + Planning in January 2014, Hashim Sarkis taught at Harvard’s GSD as the Aga Khan professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies. He founded his own practice, Hashim Sarkis Studios, in Cambridge in 1998, and continues to lead the firm. Sarkis’s experience working in two of the most highly-regarded architectural … Continue reading Hashim Sarkis, Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture Planning, on Archinect Sessions One-to-One

Indian architectural giant: Charles Correa’s Legacy

Indian architectural giant: Charles Correa’s Legacy

Finally, let me mention one other point of profound connection that we should ponder, and that is the connection across cultures. Think for example, of those who designed this complex. On one side, looking at the Museum, we see the work of a Japanese master. On the other side, looking at the Centre, we see the work of an Indian architectural giant. And in between … Continue reading Indian architectural giant: Charles Correa’s Legacy

Farrokh Darakhshani, Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture speaks at Prishtina Architecture Week 2014

Farrokh Darakhshani, Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture speaks at Prishtina Architecture Week 2014

Farrokh Darakhshani: Prishtina Architecture Week 2014Farrokh Darakhshani is the director of the prestigious Aga Khan Architecture Awards. In his lecture Farrokh reflected on the rich history of the AKAA and the 2013 edition of the awards. http://www.prishtinaarchitectureweek.com

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Humanitarian architecture

Humanitarian architecture: Ajmal Maiwandi – CEO, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Afghanistan

Humanitarian architecture
Humanitarian architecture is emerging as a powerful force among the organisations devoted to rebuilding after natural disaster and wars – providing a local solution, as opposed to a pre-fabricated or generic disaster response. (Getty images)

In 2010 approximately 42 million people were forced to flee their homes due to natural disasters across the globe. And ever since the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, the escalation in the number of natural disasters has seen the emergence of a new strand of design called Humanitarian Architecture – one better suited to local situations, and which can provide long term housing solutions, as opposed to short term ‘shelter’ projects. Esther Charlesworth, founder of Architects Without Frontiers outlines the challenges and opportunities for architects in the design and planning in rebuilding post-disaster sites and cities and Ajmal Maiwandi discusses rebuilding after war and conflict.

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Ismaili Centres: Ambassador of Excellence

Ismaili Centres: Ambassadorial Buildings of Excellence

A legacy of high-calibre architecture links the Aga Khan to Canada. By: Trevor Boddy/canadianarchitect.com Convergence is a two-way process–from the Canadian Ismailis, many of whom arrived here under duress, but also from us native-born Canadians who have lived and worked with them as they flourished like no other community of new immigrants, ever. The story here is of a bridging friendship and mutual respect. Over … Continue reading Ismaili Centres: Ambassadorial Buildings of Excellence

More 'good' architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say

More ‘good’ architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say

Marie-Danielle Smith for Ottawa Citizen Excerpt: Today’s architects can put beauty and functionality together, and that makes for a more engaging urban environment, according to Bill Birdsell, president of the Ontario Association of Architects. “Good” architecture interacts with the street outside and promotes a sense of community inside, Birdsell says. Cities full of this “good” stuff attract young people who want to live in an … Continue reading More ‘good’ architecture can bring new energy to Ottawa, experts say

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre, & Islamic-inspired Park

Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre & Islamic-inspired Park

Toronto Trio: A museum, Ismaili Centre, and islamic-inspired park are significant additions to the city that aim to facilitate mutual understanding and exchange between different communities and faiths. By: Elsa Lam / Canadian Architect While the Aga Khan’s development agencies often choose to work behind the scenes, their new Toronto projects are impossible to keep under wraps. Adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway’s Eglinton exit, … Continue reading Aga Khan Campus: A Museum, Ismaili Centre & Islamic-inspired Park

Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit - Tharani Associates

Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit – Tharani Associates

Healthcare architecture has taken a paradigm shift towards ensuring that patient-care and staff comfort are of paramount and equal importance within the hospital environment. The extension to the Aga Khan Hospital facilities with the additional of the Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit by Tharani Associates lends itself to this  architectural school of thought and further  simplifies the forms within the design of the MRI unit at Aga Khan as much as possible to functionality, true to hospital architecture.

Aga Khan Hospital MRI Radiology and Physiotherapy Unit - Tharani Associates

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When it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff ...

When it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff …

Viewpoint Elsa Lam for Canadian Architect His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims, does not look like a man who spends time on construction sites. But when it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff: he’s been a careful observer and patron of projects around the world since succeeding his grandfather as Imam in 1957, at the … Continue reading When it comes to architecture, the Aga Khan knows his stuff …

His Highness the Aga Khan with architect Bruno Freschi (left) and former Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Henry Bell-Irwing (centre), at the Vancouver Ismaili Centre site in 1982. AKDN/Christopher Little

In Search of Empathetic Architecture: Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with his Highness the Aga Khan

Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with his Highness the Aga Khan that guided the design of the Vancouver Ismaili Centre. By: Bruno Freschi The uniqueness of this encounter was its absolute unexpectedness, my total surprise, and the slowly unfolding client aspirations for this rather auspicious building. I had received a call from someone asking to have a very short meeting of introduction. A … Continue reading In Search of Empathetic Architecture: Architect Bruno Freschi recalls the inspired discussions with his Highness the Aga Khan

Architecture and the “essence of human life” - By His Highness the Aga Khan

Architecture and the “essence of human life” – By His Highness the Aga Khan

Architecture and the “essence of human life” - By His Highness the Aga Khan
Main foyer of Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, June 13, 2012. The museum was showing the Aga Khan collection, featuring artifacts from the 14th and 15th centuries. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The following is the text of a speech given by His Highness the Aga Khan at the presentation of the Gold Medal by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in Ottawa, November 27.

President Frank and leaders of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Madame Clarkson, excellencies, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen … Continue reading “Architecture and the “essence of human life” – By His Highness the Aga Khan”