2 Bangladeshis win Aga Khan award
Published : Tuesday, 4 October, 2016 at 11:51 AM Count : 510
Two Bangladeshis have bagged the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The announcement was made on October 3 in Dubai.
Marina Tabassum and Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury have won the award for the design of Dhaka's Bait Ur Rouf Mosque and Gaibandha's Friendship Centre, respectively.
The award was institutionalised in 1977 by King Aga Khan and has since become an annual ritual "to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully addressed the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence", a press release by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) said.
The six winners were chosen from 348 projects in 69 countries nominated for the award, and were announced in a ceremony in the renovated 19th century Jahili fort in the United Arab Emirates, Reuters reported.
The report said that the winners were chosen by an independent jury of architectural experts appointed by the Aga Khan Foundation, named after the wealthy leader of the Ismaili branch of Shia Islam.