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Foster wins an Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Foster & Partners has bagged an Aga Khan Award for Architecture for its Petronas University of Technology building in Malaysia.

The award, established in 1977 and in its 30th year, is run every three years and aims to encourage architecture which 'respects the traditions of Muslim societies'. Foster will split the $500,000 (£250,000) prize money with eight other awarded projects.

Norman Foster picked up the award in person from the Aga Khan at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In a citation, the Aga Khan said the university had 'attained the highest standards of architectural excellence while reflecting the values of its specific environment'. He also said the building was an 'inspiration for progressive education'.

The other awarded projects, whittled down from 342 entries, are:

  • Samir Kassir Square, Beirut, Lebanon;
  • Rehabilitation of the City of Shibam, Yemen;
  • Central Market, Koudougou, Burkina Faso;
  • Moulmein Rise Residential Tower, Singapore;
  • Royal Netherlands Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • Rehabilitation of the Walled City, Nicosia, Cyprus;
  • School in Rudrapur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh; and
  • Restoration of the Amiriya Complex, Yemen.
  • by Max Thompson

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