Kuwait, 2 December 2005
Press Advisory For Immediate Release

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Seminar on Architectural Journalism and Criticism in Kuwait

A seminar entitled “Architectural Journalism and Criticism” will be co-organized by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Kuwait Society of Engineers in Kuwait City on 6th and 7th December 2005. The meeting has been planned in collaboration with the International Committee of Architectural Critics and the Kuwait League of Architects.

The seminar will be the final component of the Middle-East Architecture and Design Conference and Exhibition that began in Kuwait on 3rd December 2005. The conference and exhibition are one of the most important events of their kind, bringing together a range of interests in the field of urban planning and architectural design and building , interior design, and landscape architecture, as well as other design-related services, in this region where construction and urban development activity has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years.

Participants in the seminar will include distinguished architects, engineers and journalists from a number of countries around the globe, including Argentina, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Themes for discussion at the seminar will include the role, context and purpose of architectural journalism and criticism, the relations between practicing architects and critics and journalists, and the role of media and photography in the field of architecture and urban planning.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the largest architectural award in the world with a triennial prize fund of US$ 500,000, organizes international and regional seminars during each Award Cycle. International seminars examine the trends and implications of architectural transformations in the Islamic world, while regional seminars explore architecture in Islamic cultures in a specific area. Designed to address developments in the built environments of Muslim communities, they bring together government officials, architects, academics, planners, social scientists, designers and architectural writers. Since the Award's inception, twenty-one seminars have been held in various parts of the world, including Paris, Istanbul, Fez, Jakarta, Amman, Beijing, Dakar, Sana'a, Kuala Lumpur, Cairo, Dhaka, Granada, Malta, Zanzibar, Yogyakarta, Almaty, Baku, Beirut, Moscow, Yazd and Tehran.

The Award has completed nine cycles of activity since its inception in 1977, and documentation has been compiled on over 7,500 building projects located throughout the world. To date, ninety-two projects have received Awards. The Tenth Award Cycle is now underway, and will span the three-year period from 2005 to 2007.