Since 1980 the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) has recognised projects that have set new standards of excellence in architecture, urban planning, historic preservation and landscape design across the world. The Award specifically goes to those projects that have responded to the social, economic and physical needs of a community through use of appropriate resources and technologies, innovation and by serving their aspirations for the future. Architecture that offers better spaces to live, work and play, regardless of gender, origin or religion of users. With a focus on countries in Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture encourages debate around the lessons learnt from awarded projects as means to exchange views, knowledge and practices maximising intercultural dialogue and sharing.

On the occasion of bestowing the 2013 Aga Khan Award to Salam Cardiac Surgery Hospital in Soba (Khartoum, Sudan) designed by TAMassociati Architects the 2015 Aga Khan Award for Architecture symposium brings together international experts and professionals from architecture, government, medicine, NGO and culture involved in the process of thinking, designing and developing long-term policies and practices for medical care, education and prevention in Africa. The symposium focuses on architectural projects, interdisciplinary achievements and approaches that have patiently and stubbornly gone far beyond utopia reaching concrete results in regions often torn by conflict, persistent violence and poverty.

In order to build awareness beyond the logic of emergency and humanitarian aids Quality Design For Health Care Facilities unfolds contemporary best practices by activists, doctors, political representatives and designers that make high quality health care and build up practicable and sustainable ways to innovative healing and intercultural cooperation.

video by Raphael Monzini © AKAA

The Symposium is curated by Luca Molinari Office and held in partnership with Assessorato alla Città Internazionale, Comune di Reggio nell’Emilia.

Jackson Amone, Asst. Commissioner, Curative Services Dpt. Of Clinical Services, Uganda Ministry of Health
Tomà Berlanda, Director and Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and founder of Active Social Architecture
Ahmed Bilal, Sudan Minister of Information
Anselmo Cani, Archi&Focus Associados founder and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning of the University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambico
Mark Careaga, Payette Associates
Fabrizio Carola, Architect
Roberto Colaminé, Director of Cooperation Dpt. – Subsaharian Africa, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Serena Foracchia, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia in charge of International Relations and Intercultural dialogues
Hanif Kara, Professor Harvard GSD, DesignDirector and Co-Founder, AKTII
Fabio Manenti, CUAMM Doctors with Africa Project Management
Giorgio Mazzi, Director of Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia
James Mitchell, Orkidstudio Director and lecturer in Humanitarian Architecture, Mackintosh School of Architecture
Luca Molinari, Curator and Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Architecture at SUN (Seconda Università degli Studi, Naples)
Mahamoud Mamdani, Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research Uganda Professor of Anthropology Political Science and African Studies at Columbia University
Michael Murphy, MASS Design Group
Raul Pantaleo, TAMassociati
Pietro Parrino, EMERGENCY Humanitarian Office and Project Management
Carla Rinaldi, Reggio Children Director
Gabriele Risica, EMERGENCY cardiologist
Zeenat Sulaiman Khan, Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania
Luca Vecchi, Mayor of Reggio Emilia Municipality

Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries.
Case Studies in Africa
is curated by Luca Molinari
and organized by
Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Comune di Reggio Emilia
Fondazione E*35, EMERGENCY, TAMassociati, Ordine degli Architetti della Provincia di Reggio Emilia, Boorea e SICREA Group

23 October 2015 – h 3.30 – 5.50 pm
Sala del Tricolore – Comune di Reggio Emilia – Piazza Prampolini 1

24 October 2015 – h 9.30 – 5.25 pm
Auditorium Loris Malaguzzi – Viale Ramazzini 72/A