Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983.
This 14th-century Tughlug-period tomb is one of the outstanding architectural treasures of Pakistan. Conservation commenced in late 1971 and was completed in six years. Because of the monument's dilapidated condition the repair work required was extensive. The foundations and the lower sections of the brick walls were rebuilt, destroyed tiles were replaced, damaged woodwork repaired and the site landscaped. This project required the establishment of a training programme for Pakistani craftsmen in the traditional crafts of glazed Multan tile work, wood carving and terra cotta. Indigenous craftsmen who had inherited the knowledge of these crafts trained a total of 33 novices, now active in other conservation efforts as well as in new building. The jury commended this restoration "for its contribution to reviving some of the great crafts of 600 years ago and promoting similar building activity throughout the country."
Cantacuzino, Sherban, editor. Architecture in Continuity. New York: Aperture, 1985.
Architecture in Continuity celebrates projects throughout the Islamic world that most successfully preserve indigenous forms while providing for the future, It honors the insight, imagination, and skill that brought these projects into physical reality. The Aga Khan Awards attention to the extraordinary effort required to develop an architecture both practical and spiritual is dramatically reflected in this volume, the second (1983) of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture series. The eleven projects found in nine countries from Mali to Pakistan, from Yugoslavia to Malaysia, range from hotels to mosques, from housing to an impressive air terminal for pilgrims to Mecca. The Award winners show a deep respect for tradition, displayed in the historic buildings restored for contemporary purposes. Everyone connected with each project - the architect, client, and builder, the local craftsmen, artisans, and consultants - is honored for contributing to an integrity of purpose, to a spirit that is of and for the people. This collection of color photographs by some of the world's finest photographers exquisitely depicts the Award-winning buildings. The introduction and three essays, by distinguished architects and architectural historians, explore the projects in terms of the pressures confronting emerging Muslim countries, the influence of the Western postindustrial world, and traditional Muslim forms and values.