The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston

Learn more about the programs and events occurring at The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, Houston.

21 November 2021

The new Ismaili Center in Houston will express in physical form the Jamat’s commitment to building a pluralist society and finding ways to unite diverse people and cultures. The Center’s design is contemporary, yet reflects a historically rooted, rich architectural heritage. It combines modern architectural technology with traditional Persian forms and ornament, including ceramic mosaics and mashrabiya screens.

The forecourt garden with its reflecting pool at the entrance of the building creates a contemplative atmosphere. The new Center will feature beautiful spaces, intricate geometry, and highly crafted work.
The forecourt garden with its reflecting pool at the entrance of the building creates a contemplative atmosphere. The new Center will feature beautiful spaces, intricate geometry, and highly crafted work.
Ismaili Center Houston designed to embody a spirit of openness and dialogue
Ismaili Center Houston designed to embody a spirit of openness and dialogue
13 November 2021

Established by Mawlana Hazar Imam for the Jamat in the USA and around the world, the new Ismaili Center will represent dialogue between faith and world, East and West, traditional and contemporary, and between humanity and nature.

Ismaili Center Houston design preview to air live on The Ismaili TV
Ismaili Center Houston design preview to air live on The Ismaili TV
9 November 2021

Join us for an exclusive presentation from Houston, Texas, USA, on Monday 15 November 2021, featuring the design architect Farshid Moussavi and landscape architect Thomas Woltz, to preview the design of the upcoming Ismaili Center.

From left to right: Murad Ajani, President, Ismaili Council for Southwestern US; The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Shenila Momin, Chairperson Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA
From left to right: Murad Ajani, President, Ismaili Council for Southwestern US; The Honorable Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston; Shenila Momin, Chairperson Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA
Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the US Ismaili Council and FOCUS USA
Half a million facemasks donated to the City of Houston by the US Ismaili Council and FOCUS USA
18 June 2020

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner accepted a donation of half a million reusable face masks from Focus Humanitarian Assistance USA (FOCUS) and the Ismaili Council for the Southwestern US. The formal announcement of the donation took place at Houston’s City Hall on 17 June 2020.

Lead design architect Farshid Moussavi, Mawlana Hazar Imam, landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz, and Ismaili Council for the United States President Al-Karim Alidina survey the future site of the Ismaili Center Houston from above.
Lead design architect Farshid Moussavi, Mawlana Hazar Imam, landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz, and Ismaili Council for the United States President Al-Karim Alidina survey the future site of the Ismaili Center Houston from above.
Mawlana Hazar Imam visits Ismaili Centre Houston site
Mawlana Hazar Imam visits Ismaili Centre Houston site
22 November 2019

Mawlana Hazar Imam toured the site of the Ismaili Center Houston yesterday, 22 November, alongside the Center’s design team and the leadership of the USA Jamat. During his trip, Mawlana Hazar Imam also met with City of Houston Mayor the Honorable Sylvester Turner. 

Dr. Ben Jawdat, Founder and CEO at Revterra, presenting on the topic “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret,” at TEDxSugarLand.
Dr. Ben Jawdat, Founder and CEO at Revterra, presenting on the topic “Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret,” at TEDxSugarLand.
One Small Idea – One Giant Leap for Mankind: the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Hosts TEDxSugarLand
One Small Idea – One Giant Leap for Mankind: the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center Hosts TEDxSugarLand
7 November 2019

On 26 October 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Houston hosted TEDxSugarLand for the fourth consecutive year. In keeping with the general theme of celebrations across the greater Houston area this year, marking the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, the theme of TEDxSugarLand 2019 was One Small Idea, One Giant Leap for Mankind.

David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, in conversation with Princess Zahra, Miss Sara Boyden, and President Al-Karim Alidina of the Ismaili Council for the USA, at the Asia Society Award Dinner.
David W. Leebron, President of Rice University, in conversation with Princess Zahra, Miss Sara Boyden, and President Al-Karim Alidina of the Ismaili Council for the USA, at the Asia Society Award Dinner.
Video: Princess Zahra honoured by Asia Society Texas Center
10 October 2019

The Asia Society Texas Center presented Princess Zahra with their highest honour, the Huffington Award, for her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

Host Committee members, Dr Anne and Albert Chao, and the President of the Asia Society Texas Center, Bonna Kol, in conversation with Princess Zahra during a pre-dinner reception.
Host Committee members, Dr Anne and Albert Chao, and the President of the Asia Society Texas Center, Bonna Kol, in conversation with Princess Zahra during a pre-dinner reception.
Video: Princess Zahra presented with Huffington Award
10 October 2019

The Asia Society Texas Center presented Princess Zahra with their highest honour, the Huffington Award, for her tireless work to uphold human dignity, develop future leaders, and spearhead health and education initiatives in more than 30 countries around the world.

Princess Zahra is presented with the Huffington Award by Nancy C. Allen, Honorary Co-Chair and Asia Society Center Board Member, and Bonna Kol, President of the Asia Society Texas Center.
Princess Zahra is presented with the Huffington Award by Nancy C. Allen, Honorary Co-Chair and Asia Society Center Board Member, and Bonna Kol, President of the Asia Society Texas Center.
Princess Zahra presented with Huffington Award by Asia Society Texas Center
Princess Zahra presented with Huffington Award by Asia Society Texas Center
10 October 2019

On 10 October 2019, Princess Zahra, accompanied by her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, was honoured with the Asia Society Texas Center’s Huffington Award in Houston, USA. Princess Zahra was honoured for her outstanding contributions that have furthered international understanding, uplifted lives, and advanced health and education through her work with the Aga Khan Development Network.

Princess Zahra and Miss Sara Boyden meet with President Al-Karim Alidina and Vice President Celina Shariff of the Ismaili Council for the United States of America, upon their arrival into Houston.
Princess Zahra and Miss Sara Boyden meet with President Al-Karim Alidina and Vice President Celina Shariff of the Ismaili Council for the United States of America, upon their arrival into Houston.
Princess Zahra arrives in Houston, Texas, to receive Huffington Award
Princess Zahra arrives in Houston, Texas, to receive Huffington Award
10 October 2019

Princess Zahra and her daughter, Miss Sara Boyden, arrived in Houston, Texas, earlier today at the invitation of the Asia Society Texas Center. Princess Zahra is being honoured with the Huffington Award at the annual Award Dinner being held later tonight. 

President of the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States Murad Ajani, engages with guests viewing the AKDN Ethics in Action exhibit.
President of the Aga Khan Council for Southwestern United States Murad Ajani, engages with guests viewing the AKDN Ethics in Action exhibit.
Houston Consular Corps Embarks on New Partnerships
Houston Consular Corps Embarks on New Partnerships
11 August 2019

The Houston branch is the third largest Consular Corps in the United States after Washington, DC and New York City. On Friday, June 7, 2019, the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosted the inaugural Houston Consular Corps luncheon in Sugar Land, Texas. Over 90 countries were represented to engage in discussions on economic development by fostering foreign relations. Amongst the attendees were guest speakers Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Ambassador Juan B. Sosa, Consul General of Panama and Dean of the Consular Corps of Houston, and Jeffrey C. Wiley, President & CEO of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

Mayor Zimmerman, joined by the candidates of the City of Sugar Land, moderators, members of Aga Khan Council, and volunteers.
Mayor Zimmerman, joined by the candidates of the City of Sugar Land, moderators, members of Aga Khan Council, and volunteers.
Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosts the Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum
Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center hosts the Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum
4 June 2019

The Sugar Land City Council Candidates Forum was organized by the League of Women Voters and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and held at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center, on Saturday April 20, 2019.