Master Jury for major award
has the details on the jury members for the current cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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.
Nondita Correa Mehrotra