October 24, 2002
by Canadian Architect
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has announced that it will establish a museum of Islamic art and heritage and a cultural center devoted to the study and practice of human pluralism. To be located in the Don Mills area of Toronto, the center will be designed by celebrated Indian architect Charles Correa, holder of the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Gold Medal of the Union internationale d’architectes and numerous other prizes. The AKDN will build on its already established relationship with Canadian institutions across many fields including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and others. The Aga Khan has been working to establish an educational and cultural complex on a Western site in order to contribute solutions towards problems of human development and to advance public understanding. The center will function as a source of partnerships with public and private institutions and the AKDN. Educational and administrative facilities, an auditorium and conference facilities and liaison offices will occupy 17.3 acres of land on Wynford Drive in Toronto, to form the largest proposed Ismaili Centre in the English-speaking world. An architect has not been determined yet for the design of the museum.