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Aga Khan Award for Architecture trophies lined up in preparation for the prize-giving ceremony to begin.

Six award winning projects were honoured during the Aga Khan Award for Architecture prize-giving ceremony held at the Musa Jalil Tatar Academic State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Kazan, in the Russian Federation. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in architecture.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and Mintimer Shaimiev, State Councellor of Tatarstan, applaud the winners of the 14th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

In a captivating occasion in Kazan earlier today, 13 September 2019, Mawlana Hazar Imam presided over the prize-giving ceremony of 14th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. In his speech, Hazar Imam described several ways in which architecture can blend differing perspectives, and reiterated its potential to inspire and enrich creative dialogue.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur was presented with an Aga Khan Award in 2004. The cross-section of the towers based on a Rub el Hizb, a traditional Muslim symbol which consists of two squares that overlap.

Later this week, Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over the 14th cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. To mark this occasion, we explore some of the important questions surrounding the theme of architecture and the built environment.

An Islamic Cemetery in Altach, Austria was presented with an Aga Khan award in 2013. Visitors are greeted by a congregation space with its wooden latticework in geometric Islamic patterns.

We don’t often think about it, but architecture is everywhere. The philosopher and author Alain de Botton has said, “In an odd but quietly very important way, works of architecture ‘speak’ to us. Some buildings, streets and even whole cities seem to speak of chaos, aggression or military pride; others seem to be whispering to us of calm or graceful dignity, generosity or gentleness.”

Winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Earlier this week, six winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture cycle were announced, recognising a wide variety of projects in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Palestine, the Russian Federation, Senegal, and the United Arab Emirates.

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