Agha Khan Award for Architecture opens for submissions

Running from 2011 until the autumn of 2013, the twelfth triennial cycle of the Agha Khan Award for Architecture is now open for nominations.

Submissions require projects that set new standards for architecture as well as planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture.

“For the twelfth cycle, the award is encouraging the submission of projects in rural landscapes, at the peripheries of urban areas and those that deal with public space at all scales,” said Farrokh Derakhshani, director of the award.

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“As in previous cycles, particular attention is given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways and to projects likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. The central criterion, however, has always been excellence – whether in a humble home or in a skyscraper.”

The nomination stage runs from the 15th of March 2011 until the 15 of September 2012.

Previous winners include the Petronas Towers (pictured) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; a village school in Xiashi, Fujian province, China; Egypt’s Bibliotheca Alexandrina; the Ipekyol Textile Factory in Edirne, Turkey; and the Madinat al-Zahra Museum in Cordoba, Spain.

Famous architects like Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel and César Pelli have been winners of the award but so have unknown young architects.

The project submission is open to everyone with the shortlisted announced in is the Spring of 2013 and the final awards ceremony in Autumn.

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