Deadline for Saudi award for mosque architecture approaches

The deadline for the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture, established in 2011 in Saudi Arabia by Sheikh Abdullatif Al Fozan and HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman Al Saud, is 14 September 2018.

According to its mission statement, the award targets the architectural, urban and technical aspects of mosques all over the world, and will be awarded to the related architect.

“The main objective of this award is the development of contemporary design of mosques, throughout a specialised and classified database,” the statement reads. “Moreover, it encourages the architects to create new mosque designs [that] represent mosques in the twenty first century. Generally, the award insures the importance of the 21st century mosque architecture that perceives and re-produces the soul of traditional mosque ideas, yet is conceived by the contemporary mosque concepts as a fundamental message.

“Therefore, this new message expresses the presence of the contemporary mosque with its architectural and social connection and confirms the importance of the technological and the architectural forms that the mosque should reflect.”

The award is triennial, meaning that the winning mosques will be awarded based on the assessment of a panel of international architectural jurors experienced with mosque architecture, who will relatively evaluate and assign the winning mosques.

Potential candidates must fit into one of the following three categories: central mosques, jumaa’ mosques, and local mosques. There are also prizes given to innovations and ideas that help in developing a contemporary typology for mosque design.

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