The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1977 and is presented every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The current prize fund totals $1,000,000 and the winners for the current cycle were announced on October 3, 2016.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKDN) is given every three years to projects setting new standards of excellence in planning practices, architecture, preservation and landscape design. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to encourage, identify and celebrate innovative building concepts that address the needs and aspirations of societies across the globe, that have made important contributions to Muslim societies.
The AKDN works directly to impact architecture and human habitats to improve housing, design and construction, village planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental sanitation, water supplies, and other issues affecting living conditions. Through urban regeneration projects, the AKDN supports social, economic and cultural development.
The Award is governed by a Steering Committee chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Steering Committee can suggest areas of interest, but it has no bearing on the final selections of the independent Master Jury.