Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, a renowned Bangladeshi architect, has been named in the nine-member global jury board of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Ashraf is the Director General of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements in Dhaka.
The members of the Master Jury for the 2020-2022 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced on Thursday in Geneva.
The Jury, which independently selects the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award, will convene in January 2022 to select a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects.
Once the Master Jury selects a shortlist, the shortlisted projects are then 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 2022 to examine the on-site reviews and select the final recipients of the Award.
The selection process emphasises architecture that not only provides for people’s physical, social and economic needs, but that also stimulates and responds to their cultural aspirations.
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.
The Steering Committee that governs the Award is chaired by the Aga Khan.
Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, Principal of Marina Tabassum Architects in Dhaka, is also a member of the steering committee.