February 16, 1981

American Award for School of Nursing

The School of Nursing of the Aga Khan Hospital and Medical College in Karachi won an 'Award of Excellence' from the Boston Society of Architects. The award was presented to Thomas Payette, Chief Architect of the Project, as the Society's Annual Awards Dinner in Boston, USA, in April.

A distinguished jury, composed of prominent architects, cited the School of Nursing as, "a very strong and bold architectural statement and organizational concept, achieved with simplicity and limited means. It grows out of the indigenous culture and materials and goes on to make a very strong statement in its own terms. There has been a concern for consistency of details from the over-all scheme to the exterior expression, and interior detailing and design".

On February 16, 1981, President Zia-Ul-Haq inaugurated the School of Nursing, which is the first phase of this million square feet Hospital and Medical College scheduled for completion in early 1984.

The School of Nursing, and the Medical Complex as a whole, incorporates the traditons of Islamic design with the functional requirements of a modern complex. His Highness the Aga Khan has taken a deep and personal interest in the evolution of the design, as did his brother, Prince Amyn Mohammed, in the interior decoration and landscaping of the site.

In October 1980, Hazar Imam presented the first of his own Architectural Awards in the legendary Shalimar Gardens of Lahore, Pakistan. It is interesting to note that although projects sponsored by Hazar Imam are not eligible for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Boston Society of Architects has singled out the Aga Khan School of Nursing for its own distinguished architectural prize.

Source: Ismaili Mirror

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