Jusoor’s Jurahiya educational center has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
The center provides educational facilities for children from 300 Syrian refugee families and is also a hub for community activities as well as the only secure shelter in the event of a natural disaster.
The center is an adaptation of the Expo 2015 Save the Children Italy Pavilion in Milan, designed by AOUMM, and is a source of pride for the community.
Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Award said, “Through a participatory process, the Jurahiya School, has become a source of pride for the community who helped redesign and build it.”
The open-sided pavilion was transformed into a series of enclosed spaces around a courtyard through a participative process that used envisioning exercises, focus groups and interviews to engage with children, NGOs, municipality members, teachers and parents. All transformation materials were locally sourced, including sheep’s wool to insulate against cold and heat, regulate humidity, resist fire and provide sound insulation.
Click here to watch a short film on the transformation of the Jurahiya educational center.
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture was established by the Aga Khan in 1977 to identify and encourage building concepts that successfully address the needs and aspirations of communities in which Muslims have a significant presence. The Award recognises examples of architectural excellence in the fields of contemporary design, social housing, community improvement and development, historic preservation, reuse and area conservation, as well as landscape design and improvement of the environment.