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Aga Khan Award Shortlist Projects Announced

The Mapungubwe National Park Interpretation Centre, designed by Peter Rich Architects is shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award. Photo: AKAA / Jean-Charles Tall

The stone-domed Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, in Limpopo, South Africa, post-tsunami housing in Kirinda, Sri Lanka designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, and The Met residential tower, in Bangkok, Thailand, along with several school and medical buildings are among the new-built structures shortlisted for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

Restoration and preservation projects at a variety of scales with locations in Yemen, Lebanon, Indonesia, India, Iran, Palestine, and Morocco, were also included in the list of 20 recently completed projects.

The Met, in Bangkok, Thailand, designed by WOHA Architects. Photo: AKAA / Patrick Bingham-Hall

The bamboo-finished Museum of Handcraft Paper in Gaoligong, China is a noteworthy multi-building ensemble project devoted to the ancient papercraft arts found in the Yunan province.

According to the Aga Khan Development Network, five to six winning projects will be selected from among the shortlist, and will be awarded at a ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal in September 2013.

Inside one of the housing units designed by Shigeru Ban Architects for post-tsunami Kirinda, Sri Lanka. Photo: AKAA / Dominic Sansoni

The complete list of projects includes:

Apartment No. 1, in Mahallat, Iran (Central Asia)
by Architecture by Collective Terrain (AbCT), Tehran, Iran 
Photo: AKAA/ Omid Khodapanahi
Hassan II Bridge, in Rabat, Morocco (North Africa)
by Marc Mimran Architecture, Paris, France 
Islamic Cemetery, in Altach, Austria (Europe)
by Bernado Bader Architects, Dombirn, Austria 
Kantana Film and Animation Institute, in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand (Asia)
by Bangkok Project Studio / Boonserm Premthada, Bangkok, Thailand 
Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, in Damascus, Syria (West Asia)
by Ateliers Lion Associés, Dagher Hanna & Partners, Paris, France
Photo: AKAA/ Alhadi Albaridi
Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre, in Limpopo, South Africa (South Africa)
by Peter Rich Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa 

Maria Grazia Cutuli Primary School, in Herat, Afghanistan (Central Asia)
by 2A+P/A, IaN+, Mario Cutuli, Rome, Italy 
Photo: AKAA/ Nazes Afroz
Mohammed VI Football Academy, in Salé, Morocco (North Africa)
by Groupe 3 Architectes, Rabat, Morocco 
Museum of Handcraft Paper, in Gaoligong, Yunnan Province, China (Asia)
by Trace Architecture Office, Beijing, China 
Post-Tsunami Housing, in Kirinda, Sri Lanka (Asia)
by Shigeru Ban Architects, Tokyo, Japan 

Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites, in Guelmim Region, Morocco (Africa)
by Salima Naji, Kénitra, Morocco 
Photo: AKAA / Courtesy of Architect
Preservation of the Mbaru Niang, in Wae Rebo Village, Flores Island, Indonesia (South-East Asia)
by Rumah Asuh/Yori Antar, Tangerang, Indonesia 
Reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared Refugee Camp, in Tripoli, Lebanon (West Asia)
by United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), Nahr el-Bared Reconstruction Commission for Civil Action and Studies (NBRC) 
Rehabilitation of Nagaur Fort, in Nagaur, Rajasthan, India (South Asia)
by Minakshi Jain, Ahmedabad, India 
Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar, in Tabriz, Iran (Central Asia)
by ICHTO East Azerbaijan Office, Tabriz, Iran 
Revitalisation of Birzeit Historic Centre, in Birzeit, Palestine (West Asia)
by Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation, Ramallah, Palestine 
Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre, in Khartoum, Sudan (North Africa)
by Studio Tamassociati, Venice, Italy 
The Met Tower, in Bangkok, Thailand (Asia)
by WOHA Architects, Singapore 
Thula Fort Restoration, in Thula, Yemen
by Abdullah Al-Hadrami, Sana'a, Yemen 
Photo: AKAA/ Cemal Emden
Umubano Primary School, in Kigali, Rwanda (East Africa)
by Mass Design Group, Boston, MA, USA

The nine members of the Master Jury for the 2010-2013 Award cycle are:

  • Mr. David Adjaye, of Adjaye Associates, London, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Howayda al-Harithy, Professor, Department of Architecture and Design, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Mr. Michel Desvigne, Landscape Architect and Founder, Agence Michel Desvigne, Paris, France
  • Professor Mahmood Mamdani, Professor and Executive Director, Makerere Institute for Social Research (MISR), Wandegeya, Uganda
  • Mr. Kamil Merican, Principal Designer and CEO, Group Design Partnership, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Professor Toshiko Mori,  of Toshiko Mori Architect, New York City, USA
  • Ms. Shahzia Sikander, Artist, New York City, USA
  • Mr. Murat Tabanlioglu, Architect and Founder, Tabanlioglu Architects, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mr. Wang Shu, Architect and Founder, Amateur Architecture Studio, Hangzhou, China

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