Three UAE Projects Has Been Shortlisted for Aga Khan Award for Architecture

For the first time in the forty years history of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, three architecture projects in the UAE have been nominated for the 2019’s award list. It includes: Concrete in Alserkal Avenue, the Wasit Wetland Centre, also in Sharjah, and the Al Mureijah Art Spaces, at the Sharjah Art Foundation.

The Concrete at Alserkal Avenue, in Dubai, an important element of a former industrial complex, which has been changed into a cultural hub; the Al Mureijah Art Spaces, in Sharjah, which comprises the restoration of five damaged buildings, which presented the perfect urban and architectural setting for a contemporary art venue; and the Wasit Wetland Centre, in Sharjah, a design that converts a wasteland into a wetland and serves as a catalyst for biodiversity and environmental education.

The announcement about the award was made by Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Award, during a ceremony in Kazan, Russia, on 25th April. The 20 projects which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture will contend for US$ 1 million in prize money.

The Aga Khan Award is presented by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which is based in Geneva and is handled by the present Aga Khan, the nobleman, philanthropist and spiritual leader. It is one of the oldest and main awards that are given to the field of architecture. It honors innovations in Islamic architecture and design.

It picks projects – starting from slum upgrading to high-rise “green” buildings, which not only displays architectural excellence but also upgrade the overall quality of life. In fact, the

Award not only honors architects, but also recognizes municipalities, clients, builders, master artisans and engineers who have played crucial roles in the recognition of a project.