Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Photograph of the Louis Khan building


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture seeks to be a catalyst for a better quality of life through the preservation and revitalisation of cultural assets; the reinvigoration of cultural traditions; the creation of educational materials and programmes that foster mutual understanding and the identification of architectural excellence that positively impacts the way people live, work and interact.

The Trust’s vision is to activate these assets as intellectual, economic and aspirational generators for ideas that can shape the future in ways that are meaningful, beneficial, and reinforce a positive sense of identity.

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture was founded in 1988 in Geneva, Switzerland, as a private, non-denominational, philanthropic foundation. It comprises the following programmes:

  • Aga Khan Award for Architecture
  • Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme
  • Aga Khan Music Initiative
  • Aga Khan Museum
  • Archnet (in partnership with the Aga Khan Documentation Center, MIT)

The Trust is an integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network, a family of institutions created by His Highness the Aga Khan, with distinct yet complementary mandates to improve the welfare and prospects of people in countries in the developing world, particularly in Asia and Africa.