Nov 2017

Aga Khan Academy wins World Architecture Festival Award

The Aga Khan Academy in Dhaka, Bangladesh by FCBStudios and Shatotto has won the Education Future Project Award at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2017. 

This 1200-student residential school on a 20-acre site near the centre of Dhaka, is one of eighteen planned locations in a network of state of the art K12 schools being established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia and Europe.

The Aga Khan Academies aim to support long-term national and regional development by providing an international standard of education and strong leadership experience to talented students. The students are selected based on merit, regardless of socio-economic background, and will become future home-grown leaders.

Ian Taylor, FCBStudios Managing Partner said: “The design approach applies FCBStudios’ educational experience to interpret the Aga Khan Academy brief within the wider context of Dhaka. The design is developing to encompass local construction technology, locally sourced materials and components wherever possible. Climatic challenges relating to humidity control and management of conditions in the monsoon season are addressed through the development of appropriate low energy solutions to ventilation and cooling.”

WAF is the world’s largest architectural awards programme, with a total of 924 entries received this year from projects located in 68 countries across the world.

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Aga Khan Academy wins World Architecture Festival Award