Indigenous High-Tech Located on 84 acres donated by the Government of Pakistan, the Aga Khan University was conceived in 1970 to improve healthcare practices and medical education throughout Pakistan. While the complex incorporates state-of-the-art educational and medical technologies, it also demonstrates that a modern architectural solution should preserve the spirit of its culture.
The initial campus, an integrated complex of buildings and landscaped courtyards completed in 1985, provided approximately one million square feet of space for hospital, academic, and housing functions. Payette has designed numerous additions since. The consistency of architectural vocabulary, graceful aging of the buildings and maturation of the vegetation render the distinctions between the original complex and the various expansions nearly indistinguishable today.
“The Aga Khan University Hospital is a seminal achievement in many respects: It is an essential social facility for its host city and citizens. It is a model of how expertly modern science and health care may be introduced to the developing world.” Alex Krieger, FAIA | Professor and Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Project Awards include: · France V World Biennale of Architecture–INTERARCH, · Gold Medal Special Prize of the Mayor: Lille, 1989 · Venice Biennale, Architectural Award, 1982 · BSA, Boston Exports Award, 1981 · AIA, New England Regional Council, · Award for Excellence in Architecture, 1987
Photographs copyright: Paul Warchol and Ayesha Vellani.