India has bagged three of the seven Aga Khan Awards for Architecture for 1998.
The winning projects are civil engineer-town planner Himanshu Parikh's slum networking project at Indore, architect Charles Correa's Vidhan Bhavan at Bhopal and Norwegian architects Per Christian Brynildsen and Jan Olav Jensen's lepers' hospital in Chopda taluka in Maharashtra's Jalgaon district.
The `Barefoot Architects' of Tilonia, led by Bunker Roy, have won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for 2001.
This prestigious international award is given every three years. According to the Aga Khan Foundation, the Barefoot Architects' programme of works in Rajasthan's rural community of Tilonia has been given this award ``for its integration of social, ecological, cultural and educational elements in such a way as to aid rural development while promoting the architectural traditions of the region''.
Extract of News Conference by His Highness the Aga Khan
New Dehli, India, 22nd September 2006