The five projects selected for the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were presented at a ceremony held at the Museum of Islamic Art
. His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani the Emir of Qatar and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser joined His Highness the Aga Khan in presiding over the ceremony.
The five projects selected by the 2010 Master Jury are:
Wadi Hanifa Wetlands, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Revitalisation of the Hypercentre of Tunis, Tunisia
Madinat Al-Zahra Museum, Cordoba, Spain
Ipekyol Textile Factory, Edirne, Turkey
Bridge School, Xiashi, Fujian, China
The Award ceremony, His Highness the Aga Khan presented the Chairmans Award to Professor Oleg Grabar in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the field of Islamic art and architecture. The Chairmans Award was established to honour achievements that fall outside the scope of the Master Jurys mandate and is made in recognition of the lifetime achievements of distinguished architects and academics. It has been presented on only three previous occasions. The winning projects were selected by an independent Master Jury from a shortlist of 19 projects announced in May 2010. A total of 401 projects were presented for consideration for the 2010 Award.
In their statement, the Master Jury noted that a central concern in making their selection had been the issues of identity and plurality and their intersection in an increasingly globalised world. They emphasized the generous and pluralistic visions reflected through the winning projects, and the transformative roles they have played in the improvement of the quality of the built environment both in places with a majority of Muslims and in societies where Muslims are in a minority.
The 2010 Award Master Jury
The Awards are selected by an independent Master Jury appointed by the Steering Committee for each three-year Award cycle. The nine members of the 2010 Master Jury are:
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
(Professor, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, USA)
Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj
(Architect; Chief Executive Officer, Syria Trust for Development, Syria)
Salah M. Hassan
(Art historian and curator; director of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University, USA)
(Architect and curator; co-founder of Gamma Consultants, Iran)
(Landscape architect and urbanist; founder and dean of Graduate School of Landscape Architecture, Peking University, China)
(Architect; founding partner, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, France
(Design critic, International Herald Tribune, UK)
Basem Al Shihabi
(Architect; Managing Partner, Omrania & Associates, Saudi Arabia)