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Presentation by Shiraz Allibhai
Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for culture

Geneva, Switzerland

24 October 2016
Monday, 7:00 pm, Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
Free Event, Open to the Public, No Reservations Needed
Presented in Partnership with The Aga Khan Council for the Central United States

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is unique among architecture prizes: it selects projects – from slum upgrading to high rise “green” buildings – that not only exhibit architectural excellence but also improve the overall quality of life. Over the last four decades, it has steadfastly championed the needs and aspirations of human beings within the practice of architecture. The Award is also different because it not only rewards architects but also identifies municipalities, builders, clients, master craftsmen and engineers who have played important roles in the realization of a project. The selection process emphasizes architecture that not only provides for people’s physical, social and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural expectations. Particular attention is given to building schemes that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways, and to projects likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere. Through its efforts, the Award seeks to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies across the world and set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. Over the course of the last 39 years, most of the great architects of our time have either won the Award or served on its Master Jury or Steering Committee, from Zaha Hadid to Norman Foster, Charles Correa to Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel.

Join us for Aga Khan Competition Lecture on 24 October 2016

Join us on Monday evening, October 24, 2016 for an informative lecture about the competition, the nineteen shortlisted projects, and the six award winners, which includes projects by BIG and Zaha Hadid Architects. The presentation will be made by Shiraz Allibhai, who is the Deputy Director of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to his current role, Shiraz has held several positions at the Trust, including Education Officer and Director of the Aga Khan Humanities Project. Shiraz’s previous was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he oversaw the development of Archnet.org as Managing Director. Shiraz is trained as an architect, receiving his degrees in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

2016 Winners

Winners for this cycle's Aga Khan Award for Architecture include projects by BIG and Zaha Hadid Architects:  The winners are:  

  • Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, Dhaka (Architect: Marina Tabassum), a refuge for spirituality in urban Dhaka, selected for its beautiful use of natural light 
  • Friendship Centre, Gaibandha (Architect: Kashef Chowdhury / URBANA), a community center which makes a virtue of an area susceptible to flooding in rural Bangladesh
  • Hutong Children’s Library and Art Centre, Beijing (Architect: ZAO / standard architecture / Zhang Ke), a children’s library selected for its embodiment of contemporary life in the traditional courtyard residences of Beijing
  • Superkilen, Copenhagen (Architects: BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, Topotek 1 and Superflex),  a public space promoting integration across lines of ethnicity, religion and culture
  • Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge, Tehran(Architect: Diba Tensile Architecture / Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi), a multi-level bridge spanning a busy motorway has created a dynamic new urban space
  • Issam Fares Institute, Beirut (Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects), a new building for the American University of Beirut’s campus, radical in composition but respectful of its traditional context

Find more information on the competition winners and images here http://www.akdn.org/press-release/2016-aga-khan-award-architecture-recipients-announced

More About the Aga Khan Architecture Award:

Architectural projects eligible for consideration for the Aga Khan Architecture Award  range from modest, small-scale buildings to sizable complexes, from single homes, bus stops and rural school buildings to skyscrapers, infrastructure and transportation undertakings, housing initiatives, educational and health campuses, new towns, urban conservation projects and the re-use of brown field sites. All forms of planning practice in urban as well as rural contexts are encouraged. Large projects and long-term initiatives that are not yet fully completed – such as master plans, area preservation projects, and community upgrading schemes, among others – are eligible so long as a tangible portion of the project has been completed in a manner that demonstrates its long-term potential success and viability.

The 19 shortlisted projects for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on May 9th, 2016. The projects, which were selected by the Master Jury from among 348 projects nominated for the 13th Award cycle, competed for US $1 million in prize money. The 19 projects underwent rigorous investigations by on-site reviewers – architects, conservation specialists or structural engineers themselves – who visited and evaluated each project firsthand. After this thorough evaluation, the six final prize winners for this completion were announced October 3, 2016.

The Steering Committee for this cycle of the awards competition includes international luminaries including architects David Adjaye and Brigitte Shim,  and the Master Jury includes Luis Fernández-Galiano, editor of the journal AV/Arquitectura Viva; Harvard GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi; and French architect Dominique Perrault.  Among the 19 shortlisted projects are those by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Zaha Hadid Architects, Kunlé Adeyemi, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Toshiko Mori Architects and Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos.


John Ronan


6 December 2016
Tuesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Magnolia Theater, West Village

John Ronan FAIA is founding principal of the firm John Ronan Architects, and serves as Lead Designer on all projects the office undertakes. He is known for his abstract yet sensuous work which explores materiality and atmosphere. He was a winner in the Townhouse Revisited Competition staged by the Graham Foundation and his firm was the winner of the prestigious Perth Amboy High School Design Competition, a two-stage international competition to design a 472,000 square foot high school in New Jersey. Ronan was named as a member of the Design Vanguard by Architectural Record magazine, and he was selected to The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices projram.

In 2007, Ronan’s firm was selected as architect of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, a search that started with 50 architects from around the world. Princeton Architectural Press published Explorations: The Architecture of John Ronan, a monograph on the firm’s work. The Center for American Architecture and Design at the University of Texas published The Poetry Foundation. In 2016, the firm was named one of seven international finalists for the Obama Presidential Center.

Ronan has lectured widely and his work has been exhibited internationally, including the Art Institute of Chicago and The Architectural League of New York’s Urban Center. His work has been included in numerous publications on design and covered extensively by the international design press.  His firm has been the recipient of two AIA Institute National Honor Awards (for the Poetry Foundation and The Gary Comer Youth Center, both in Chicago). John Ronan holds a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan. Mr. Ronan is a Professor of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture.


Alex Krieger


26 January 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
In Partnership with State of the Arts (KERA and DMA)

Alex Krieger, FAIA, has combined a career of teaching and practice, dedicating himself in both to understanding how to improve the quality of place and life in our major urban areas. Mr. Krieger is a distinguished professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  He has served as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Design, as Director of the Urban Design projram, and as Associate Chairman of the Department of Architecture. In addition to design studios and seminar courses at the GSD, he teaches a general education class on the evolution of American cities at the College. He has been honored three times as one of the outstanding teachers at Harvard University. Design Intelligence Magazine’s annual national survey has named him one of seven “Architectural Educators of the Year.”

Krieger is a principal at NBBJ, a global architecture and planning firm. Offering services in architecture, urban design and planning, the studio, formerly Chan Krieger Sieniewicz, has served a broad array of clients in numerous cities worldwide, focusing primarily on educational, institutional, healthcare and public projects in complex urban settings.  Krieger is a frequent advisor to mayors and their planning staffs, and serves on a number of boards and commissions. Among these: Director of the NEA's Mayor’s Institute in City Design; Boston Civic Design Commission; Providence Capital Center Commission; and the New England Holocaust Memorial committee. President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Krieger to serve on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.  Alex Krieger has been involved in various planning projects in Dallas over the past years, and is currently working on a new plan for the Arts District in Dallas. 


Gordon Gill

Gordon GILL

1 February 2017
Wednesday, 7:30 pm; Reception and check-in 6:30 – 7:20 pm
Maverick Activity Center, University of Texas at Arlington
Presented by UTA CAPPA in collaboration with The Dallas Architecture Forum

Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance, and that there is a language of performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance. Gill is a founding partner of the award-winning firm of  Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, whose work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa (both designed while at SOM Chicago). The firm also designed the world’s first large-scale positive energy building Masdar Headquarters, and the world’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  Most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan was developed.  These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gill’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.

Gill’s work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally and his designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects.  In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader and in 2013 Gill was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects. Gordon Gill earned a B.S. in Architecture at Ryerson University, then earned a Master in Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington and an additional Master of Architecture at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

This lecture is being presented by The University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA), in collaboration with The Dallas Architecture Forum, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the School of Architecture.




22 February 2017
Wednesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Craig Dykers is one of the founding partners of Snøhetta, a firm based in Oslo, Norway and New York City. Mr. Dykers has led many of Snøhetta’s prominent projects internationally, including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, Norway, the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City, and the recently completed Ryerson University Student Learning Centre in Ontario, Canada. Dykers also led the design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion and is guiding the Times Square Reconstruction in New York City, as well as the Calgary Public Library in Alberta, Canada, and the Temple University Library in Philadelphia. Snøhetta was shortlisted as one of seven firms for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.

Dykers’ work has led to numerous international awards and widespread recognition including the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, the World Architecture Award and the Aga Kahn Award for Architecture, among many others. His interest in design as a promoter of social and physical well-being is supported by ongoing observation and development of an innovative design process.  Dykers was born in Frankfurt, Germany and has lived extensively in both Europe and North America. Dykers received a bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of Texas, Austin after initial studies in medicine and art. He has worked in Texas and California prior to co-founding Snøhetta in Oslo, Norway and New York City.  Active professionally and academically, Craig Dykers has been the diploma adjudicator at the Architectural College in Oslo and a distinguished professor at City College in New York City and a visiting critic in the Syracuse University New York City studio. He has lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.


Amale Andraos


1 March 2017
Wednesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
Presented in Partnership with UTA CAPPA

Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.  Andraos is a co-founder of WORKac, an architectural firm based in New York that focuses on architectural projects which re-invent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Since the founding of WORKac, principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood have achieved international acclaim for projects such as the recently completed master plan for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wieden+Kennedy’s 50,000 sq ft., three-story New York offices, the Blaffer Museum in Houston, Texas, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan and the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Currently, in Africa the firm is building its winning competition entry for a new 20,000 square meter Conference Center in Libreville, Gabon. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project is expected to be completed soon and will host diplomatic meetings, including the next African Union summit for heads-of-state. In addition, the firm is currently designing a second Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem and exploring the future of work, art, and technology with the design of a new home for the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in downtown Brooklyn.

Andraos has taught at numerous universities including the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School and the American University in Beirut. Her recent design studios and seminars have focused on the Arab City, which has become the subject of a series of symposia entitled “Architecture and Representation” held at Studio-X Amman and at the university’s New York campus. Her publications include the recent 49 Cities, a re-reading of 49 visionary plans through an ecological lens; Above the Pavement, the Farm!; and the forthcoming Architecture and Representation: the Arab City.  Amale Andraos received her Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and her B.Arch from McGill University in Montreal.


Johnathan Segal

Johnathan SEGAL

9 March 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Throughout the past twenty years Jonathan Segal, FAIA, has created and modeled the unique practice of ‘Architect as Developer.’ He has designed, developed, and constructed national award-winning single-family live/work residences and medium to high-density mixed-use housing in downtown San Diego and La Jolla, California. Jonathan Segal’s firm has been responsible for the design and development of over 300 medium to high-density urban residential, mixed-use, and live/work units totaling over 300,000 square feet of construction. Segal is considered one of downtown San Diego’s most successful and pioneering residential architectural/development companies and has a reputation for providing superior housing at a lower cost than comparable properties. The firm’s focus is on urban projects, ranging from 80 to 160 dwelling units per acre. onathan Segal has been the recipient of numerous accolades including 24 local, state and national AIA awards for residential projects and urban design.

Due to his success practicing architecture as a developer, Segal’s goal is to promote this method of architectural practice to other architects, so they also can have control, pride, and financial independence. Jonathan Segal FAIA & Development Company has been awarded six national AIA Honor Awards for their housing work, including a 2015 AIA Honor Award for Housing.


Steve Dumez


30 March 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Steve Dumez is a partner with the architecture firm Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, based in New Orleans. In over 25 years of professional practice, Dumez has led the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design for Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives their design-first practice. The firm’s design approach focuses on a thorough research of each project’s environmental and cultural conditions, teasing out details of location, history, climate, patterns of use, and social significance. New and meaningful strategies are found by which context and place can be revealed in the work. Through a reiterative cycle of observation, research, concept generation, and detailed design, Dumez’ firm celebrates local conditions while transcending local convention. Their work prioritizes the experience of a place over formal aesthetic concerns, allowing the project to resonate on many levels for a variety of users over time.

Mr. Dumez’ engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design projram for clients including building image and brand goals, projram compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels including the prestigious AIA National Firm of the Year Award.  Steve Dumez is a Past-President of AIA Louisiana and AIA New Orleans and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. He has also chaired AIA design awards projrams at the local, state and regional level and has served on numerous design award juries across the country. He is actively engaged in many local civic organizations and currently serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. His projects have been recently published in several books as well as numerous national architectural and design magazines such as Architect, Architectural Record, Contract, and Interior Design.


Annabelle Selldorf

Annabelle SELLDORF

5 April 2017
Wednesday, 6:30 pm – Note Lecture Start Time
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art
Presented in collaboration with the Dallas Art Fair

Annabelle Selldorf is the Founding Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. Selldorf Architects is a 65-person architectural design practice founded by Annabelle Selldorf in New York City. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. By giving form to the needs and desires of clients and communities alike, the architectural solutions that emerge are equal parts purpose and poetry. Since its inception the firm’s guiding principles have been deeply rooted in humanism. At every scale and for every condition, Selldorf Architects designs for the individual experience. As a result, its work is brought to life—and made complete—by those who use it.

The firm’s clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, and Brown University. The recently completed Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility on the Brooklyn waterfront is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters and the Venice Art Biennale. The new flagship Steinway Hall in New York City is a recent project completed by Selldorf Architects. Residential architecture, both at the scale of private homes and multi-family dwelling continues to be an important part of the firm’s portfolio.

Selldorf Architects’ new monograph on the practice, Selldorf Architects: Portfolio and Projects, was published by Phaidon Press. Annabelle Selldorf is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a Board Member of the Architectural League of New York and the Chinati Foundation. In 2014 she was the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Architecture and in 2016 she received the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Marlon Blackwell


19 April 2017
Wednesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, is a practicing architect in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and serves as Distinguished Professor and Department Head in the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. His architecture is based in design strategies that draw upon vernaculars and the particular elements of place. His design work has received recognition with numerous national and international design awards and significant publication in books, architectural journals and magazines.

The office of Marlon Blackwell Architects has been recognized as the Firm of the Year by Residential Architect magazine. Recent honors include the St. Nicholas Eastern Orthodox Church (Springdale, Arkansas) winning an AIA National Honor Award and the Civic and Community Building category at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The IMA Ruth Lilly Visitor’s Pavilion (Indianapolis, Indiana) also received an AIA National Honor Award. Most recently, Marlon Blackwell Architects received the 2016 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and was named Best Architectural Design Firm in the U.S. by Architect Magazine.

The significance of Blackwell’s contributions to design is evidenced by the Architecture Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the publication of a monograph of his work entitled “An Architecture of the Ozarks: The Works of Marlon Blackwell” published by Princeton Architectural Press. Blackwell was selected by The International Design Magazine as one of the ID Forty: Undersung Heroes and as an “Emerging Voice” by the Architectural League of New York. Marlon Blackwell co-founded the University of Arkansas Mexico Summer Urban Studio, and has coordinated and taught in the projram at the Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and a M. Arch II degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy.


Kai-Uwe Bergmann


26 April 2017
Wednesday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
City Performance Hall, Dallas Arts District

Kai-Uwe Bergmann is Managing Partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) who brings his expertise to projects around the globe, including work in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Kai-Uwe oversees BIG’s projects in over 20 different countries. BIG is a Copenhagen and New York-based group of architects, designers, builders, and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, product design, research and development. The office is currently involved in a large number of projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economic flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. BIG believes that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. Like a form of projrammatic alchemy BIG creates architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping.

Registered as an architect in the USA (eight states) and Canada, Bergmann most recently contributed to the resiliency plan The DryLine to protect 10 miles of Manhattan’s coastline. He complements his professional work through previous teaching assignments at the University of Florida, the New School of Architecture in San Diego and his alma mater the University of Virginia. Kai-Uwe Bergmann also sits on the Board of the Van Alen Institute, participates on numerous international juries and lectures globally on the works of BIG. Among BIG's many projects are the Danish Maritime Museum; Superkilen, a public park in Copenhagen; the Zira Island master plan; Lego House Museum; and Europa City in Paris. Among projects currently under construction are the DryLine, an integrated flood protection system in NYC; Two World Trade Center; and the Google Corporate Headquarters.


Enrique Norten

Enrique NORTEN

4 May 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm; Reception and check-in from 6:15 – 6:55 pm
Magnolia Theater, West Village

TEN ARQUITECTOS develops research projects, design, architecture and infrastructure. The office’s projects include cultural centers, hotels, museums, residential and urban development, parks, public spaces and furnishings. Over more than two decades, the firm has resized public space, and adapted industrial or historical infrastructure as institutional and emblematic architectures with buildings that become topographies from everyday urban notions to emerging landscapes. TEN ARQUITECTOS works on projects with social, environmental, political and financial responsibility, a sustainable cycle where architecture becomes a sequence of places converging in the city. With over 50 built projects, Norten is recognized for his work on such buildings as the National School of Theatre and Arts, the Habita Hotel, the Americano Hotel, the High Museum of Villahermosa, the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, the University Museum of Chopo, the Amparo Museum, the Emblematic Monument of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, Santa Fe Eurocenter, Business School Campus Livingston for Rutgers University in New Jersey, and Mercedes House in New York.

Enrique Norten holds the Miller professorship at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Yale, UCLA, Michigan, Texas, Cornell, Parsons, Pratt Institute and Harvard universities. Norten received the Mies van der Rohe Prize of Latin American Architecture and he is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. Enrique received the "Careers 2014" award by the College of Architects of Mexico City and the José Limón Contemporary Dance National Prize in New York. He also received the Richard J. Neutra Medal for Professional Excellence. Enrique Norten was born in Mexico City and studied architecture at Iberoamericana University. He holds a Master in Architecture from Cornell University. In 1986, he founded TEN ARQUITECTOS in Mexico City and in 2000 opened a second office in New York City.


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