Since its beginnings in 1977, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture has contributed enormously to the architecture profession in the Muslim world. With the foremost practitioners and experts on its first Steering Committee, its key statements were ‘A Search for Excellence’ and ‘Quality of the Built Environment’. This book documents the history of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture now in its fifth cycle. The text looks at architecture from a social, cultural and intellectual point of view and considers conservation projects and the building of institutions. There is also an informative retrospective of the awards. Contributors include Ron Lewcock, Suha Ozkhan, John de Monchaux, Don Mowatt, Hasan Uddin Khan, Mohammed Al-Asad, Peter Davey and many others.