Nondita Correa Mehrotra Among Master Jury for Aga Khan Awards 2017-2019

Nondita Correa Mehrotra, principal of RMA Architects in India and the United States, was selected as one of the members of the Master Jury for Aga Khan Awards 2017-2019 yesterday.

Nondita Correa Mehrotra, principal of RMA Architects in India and the United States, was selected as one of the members of the Master Jury for Aga Khan Awards 2017-2019 yesterday.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is an outstanding award in the crowded field of architectural awards to recognize projects that set new standards of excellence in architectural concept, design and implement. Established in 1977 by Aga Khan IV, the prime aim of this award was to encourage and identify building projects of significance or relevance to mainly Islamic societies.

Nondita also worked with Charles Correa Foundation as a director where she involved in several projects, such as the Brain and Cognitive Sciences building at MIT. She was also involved in research, publications and projects focused on the improvement of the built habitat. During her years in RMA architects as a principal, she has been perfectly involved in the conceptualization and design of numerous international projects, including the Lab of the Future at Novartis’ Basel campus.

Nondita Correa Mehrotra

Nondita Correa Mehrotra and Charles Correa at the opening of Ismaili Center in Toronto, a building designed by them. (2014) Photo Credit: Farrah Punja

Apart from Nandita, there are around eight members of the Master Jury for the 2017-2019 Award cycle who independently chooses the recipients of the US$ 1 million Award will assemble in January 2019 to decide on a shortlist from hundreds of nominated projects.

The other nine members of the Master Jury for the 2017-2019 Award Cycle are:

Meisa Batayneh, founder and principal architect of Maisam Architects & Engineers, with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi, is engaged actively in social initiatives that are catalysts for architecture and urban design.

Sir David Chipperfield established David Chipperfield Architects in London in 1985, a practice that has built over 100 projects for both the private and public sectors, as well as civic projects and urban masterplans.

Edhem Eldemis a Professor of History at Bogaziçi University (Istanbul) and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin.

Kwame Anthony Akroma-Ampim Kusi Appiah, an Anglo-Ghanaian American philosopher, is a cultural theorist, and novelist whose interests include political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, literary studies, and African and African-American intellectual history.

Mona Fawaz is Professor in Urban Studies and Planning, the Coordinator of the Master in Urban Planning, Policy and Design, and the director of the Social Justice and the City research programme at the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy at the American University of Beirut.

Elizabeth Diller is a founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), a design studio whose practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.

Ali M. Malkawi, a professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, is founding director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities and Co-Area Head Master of Design for Energy and Environments.

Kareem Ibrahim is an Egyptian architect and urban researcher who worked on UNDP’s Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project and the Darb al-Ahmar project, one of Cairo’s most ambitious urban revitalisation programmes.

After the selection of a shortlist by the Master Jury, Independent experts, including conservation specialists’ architects, planners or structural engineers on-site review the shortlisted projects. The Jury will again convene for a second time in summer 2019 to evaluate on-site reviews and select the winner.

The more importance will be given to architecture that provides for peoples’ physical, social, and economic requirements along with responding to their cultural aspirations. Building proposals that use local materials and appropriate technology in innovative ways will get prime attention. 

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