Winners have been announced for the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, including the first UAE project to ever win the award: X Architect's Wasit Wetland Centre in Sharjah.
Other winners of this year's award also includes a project that focuses on the revitalisation of Muharraq in Bahrain and the Public Spaces Development Programme in Russia - both countries have won for the first time in the history of the awards; in addition to the Arcadia Education project in Bangladesh, the Alioune Diop University Teaching and Research Unit in Senegal and the Palestinian Museum in Birzeit.
This year's 20-project shortlist features works from across 16 different countries, all of which positively contribute to the built environment of Muslim communities.
The winners will be commemorated at an awards ceremony in Kazan, Russia on the 13th of September 2019.
Founded by Aga Khan IV in 1977, the award has a three-year cycle and aims to identify and reward architectural concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of Islamic societies in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community development and improvement, restoration, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.
This year's master jury included Meisa Batayneh, founder and principal architect of maisam architects & engineers; Sir David Chipperfield, founder of David Chipperfield Architects; Elizabeth Diller, a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Edhem Eldem, a professor of history at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) and the Collège de France; Mona Fawaz, a professor in Urban Studies and Planning at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy at the American University of Beirut; and many others.