The prestigious Aga Khan Award for architecture has announced the jury for the 2017-19 cycle that includes the following names within its esteemed coterie of architects, historians, theorists and researchers.
Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah
Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah, an Anglo-Ghanaian American philosopher, is a cultural theorist and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, literary studies, and African and African-American intellectual history. He teaches at New York University’s department of philosophy and school of law, but has also taught at Yale, Cornell, Duke, Harvard and Princeton universities, and lectured at other prominent universities throughout the world.
Meisa Batayneh, founder and principal architect of maisam architects & engineers (with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi), is engaged actively in social initiatives that are catalysts for architecture and urban design. Maisam’s work has won many global awards, including the Architzer A+ Popular Choice Award 2015, LEAF Award 2014 for “A Gateway to Petra”, and multiple Arabian Property Awards. Maisam’s work was shortlisted for the World Architectural Festival (WAF) three times: for the Aqaba Bus Terminal in 2009, A Gateway to Petra in 2012 and the Petra Museum in 2015.
Sir David Chipperfield
Sir David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in London 1985 after working for Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. He later established offices in Berlin, Shanghai and Milan. The practice has built over 100 projects for both the private and public sectors, and has worked on civic projects and urban masterplans.
Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print. The studio is responsible for the transformation of the High Line in New York – once disused railroad infrastructure and now a 1.5 mile-long public park. The studio is currently engaged in two other projects in New York: The Shed, a cultural space that physically transforms to support artists’ most ambitious ideas; and the renovation and expansion of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Edhem Eldem is a professor of history at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France, where his inaugural lecture was entitled “The Ottoman Empire and Turkey facing the West”. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin.
Mona Fawaz is Professor in Urban Studies and Planning and the coordinator of graduate programmes in Urban Planning, Policy and Design at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She is also director of the Social Justice and the City research programme at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy at AUB. The research programme, which focuses on making Lebanon’s cities more inclusive, aims to formulate an agenda for research, mobilisation and policy advocacy between scholars, policymakers and activists.
Kareem Ibrahim is an Egyptian architect and urban researcher who worked on UNDP’s Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project and on the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s Darb al-Ahmar project. The latter project was an ambitious urban revitalisation programme aimed at bringing sustainable improvements in the living conditions of one of Cairo’s historic inner- city districts by upgrading housing, public buildings and open spaces and developing the social and economic opportunities in the local community.
Ali M. Malkawi
Ali M. Malkawi, is a professor at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. He teaches architectural technology and computation and conducts research in the areas of computational simulation, building performance evaluation, and design decision support. He is founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and Co- Area Head Master of Design for Energy and Environments.
Nondita Correa Mehrotra
Nondita Correa Mehrotra is an architect working in India and the United States. As principal of RMA Architects, which has offices in Mumbai and Boston, she has been involved in the design of such major international projects as the recently completed Lab of the Future at Novartis’ Basel Campus. As project architect with Charles Correa Associates, she has worked on a number of projects, including the Ismaïli Centre in Toronto and the Brain and Cognitive Sciences building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and many projects in India.
The Aga Khan Award for architecture is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world in which Muslims have a significant presence.