Master Jury for ma­jor award

has the de­tails on the jury mem­bers for the cur­rent cy­cle of the Aga Khan Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture

The Gulf Today - Time Out - - CONTENTS - Muham­mad Yusuf

The mem­bers of the Master Jury for the 2017-2019 cy­cle of the Aga Khan Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture have been an­nounced. The jury, which in­de­pen­dently se­lects the re­cip­i­ents of the US$ 1 mil­lion award, will con­vene in Jan­uary 2019 to select a short­list from hun­dreds of nom­i­nated projects.

What makes the panel unique this cy­cle is that it has a sig­ni­icant num­ber of Arab rep­re­sen­ta­tives. In fact, four ar­chi­tects and aca­demics from Jor­dan, Le­banon and Egypt are among the nine­mem­ber Master Jury.

The four Arab mem­bers are:

* Meisa Batayneh, founder and prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect of maisam ar­chi­tects & en­gi­neers, with ofices in Am­man and Abu Dhabi. She is en­gaged ac­tively in so­cial ini­tia­tives that are cat­a­lysts for ar­chi­tec­ture and ur­ban de­sign.

In 2015, she was recog­nised as the Lead­ing Arab Woman Ar­chi­tect and has led multi-dis­ci­plinary teams on largescale in­ter­na­tional and re­gional projects in USA, Pak­istan, Cyprus, Saudi Ara­bia, Egypt, UAE and Jor­dan. She has won many re­gional and in­ter­na­tional awards.

* Mona Fawaz is Pro­fes­sor in Ur­ban Stud­ies and Plan­ning, the Co­or­di­na­tor of the Master in Ur­ban Plan­ning, Pol­icy and De­sign, and the di­rec­tor of the So­cial Jus­tice and the City re­search pro­gramme at the Is­sam Fares In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­icy at the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity of Beirut.

Her in­ter­ests in­clude meth­ods to make cities more in­clu­sive. Her re­search spans across ur­ban his­tory and his­to­ri­og­ra­phy, so­cial and spa­tial jus­tice, in­for­mal­ity and the law, prop­erty and space, as well as plan­ning prac­tice, the­ory and ped­a­gogy.

* Ka­reem Ibrahim is an Egyp­tian ar­chi­tect and ur­ban re­searcher who worked on the UNDP’s His­toric Cairo Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Pro­ject and on the Darb al-Ah­mar pro­ject, one of Cairo’s most am­bi­tious ur­ban re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­grammes.

* Ali M. Malkawi is a pro­fes­sor at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity’s Grad­u­ate School of De­sign and is found­ing di­rec­tor of the Har­vard Cen­ter for Green Build­ings and Cities and Co-Area Head Master of De­sign for En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ments.

Pro­fes­sor Malkawi is the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral grants and awards, in­clud­ing the Jor­dan Star of Science from the King of Jor­dan.

The other ive mem­bers of the jury are: * Kwame Akroma-Ampim Kusi An­thony Ap­piah, an An­glo-Ghana­ian Amer­i­can philoso­pher, who is also 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.

* Sir David Chip­perield. He es­tab­lished David Chip­perield Ar­chi­tects in Lon­don in 1985, a prac­tice that has built over 100 projects for both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors, as well as civic projects and ur­ban mas­ter­plans.

Among the prac­tice’s ma­jor com­pleted works are the re­build­ing of Neues Mu­seum in Ber­lin; an MBA build­ing for the HEC Paris School of Man­age­ment; the Saint Louis Art Mu­seum in Mis­souri, USA; the Museo Jumex in Mex­ico City; the Amorepa­cific Head­quar­ters in Seoul; and a ma­jor rede­vel­op­ment of the Royal Academy of Arts in Lon­don.

* El­iz­a­beth Diller is a found­ing part­ner of Diller Scoidio + Ren­fro (DS+R), a de­sign stu­dio whose prac­tice spans the ields of ar­chi­tec­ture, ur­ban de­sign, in­stal­la­tion art, multi-me­dia per­for­mance, dig­i­tal me­dia, and print.

Diller is also Pro­fes­sor of Ar­chi­tec­ture at Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity. She has been twice dis­tin­guished with Time mag­a­zine’s “100 Most In­lu­en­tial Peo­ple”. She also re­ceived the irst MacArthur Foun­da­tion fel­low­ship awarded in the ield of ar­chi­tec­ture. She is cur­rently work­ing in New York on The Shed and the ex­pan­sion of MoMA (both open­ing 2019).

* 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. He has taught at Berke­ley, Har­vard, Co­lum­bia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fel­low at the Wis­senschaft­skol­leg, Ber­lin.

He has pub­lished on top­ics such as the Le­vant trade, fu­ner­ary epig­ra­phy, the Im­pe­rial Ot­toman Bank, Ori­en­tal­ism and Western­i­sa­tion, Is­tan­bul at the turn of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, the his­tory of ar­chae­ol­ogy, muse­ol­ogy and pho­tog­ra­phy in the Ot­toman Em­pire.

* Non­dita Cor­rea Mehro­tra is an ar­chi­tect work­ing in In­dia and the United States. As prin­ci­pal of RMA Ar­chi­tects, she has been in­volved in the de­sign of ma­jor in­ter­na­tional projects, such as the Lab of the Fu­ture at No­var­tis’ Basel cam­pus.

She has also worked with Charles Cor­rea As­so­ciates on sev­eral projects, in­clud­ing the Brain and Cog­ni­tive Sciences build­ing at MIT. As Di­rec­tor of the Charles Cor­rea Foun­da­tion, she is in­volved in re­search, pub­li­ca­tions and projects fo­cused on the im­prove­ment of the built habi­tat.

Once the Master Jury se­lects a short­list, the short listed projects are sub­jected to rig­or­ous on-site re­views by in­de­pen­dent ex­perts, most of them ar­chi­tects, con­ser­va­tion spe­cial­ists, plan­ners or struc­tural en­gi­neers. The jury meets for a se­cond time in sum­mer 2019 to ex­am­ine the on-site re­views and select the inal re­cip­i­ents of the award.

The se­lec­tion process pays par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to build­ing schemes that use lo­cal re­sources and ap­pro­pri­ate tech­nol­ogy in in­no­va­tive ways and to projects likely to in­spire sim­i­lar ef­forts else­where.

The Aga Khan Award for Ar­chi­tec­ture is part of the Geneva-based Aga Khan Trust for Cul­ture (AKTC), which has a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties aimed at the preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of the ma­te­rial and cul­tural her­itage of Mus­lim so­ci­eties.

Meisa Batayneh

El­iz­a­beth Diller

Non­dita Cor­rea Mehro­tra

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