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Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog, Tajikistan

CompanyFNDA Architecture Inc.
Lead DesignersFarouk Noormohamed
Design TeamFarouk Noormohamed, Farida Noormohamed, Alia Noormohamed,
Project LocationKhorog, Tajikistan
ClientAga Khan Foundation, Tajikistan
CreditsGary Otte
Prize(s)Silver in Architecture Categories / Institutional
Entry Description

The 4,500 sq. m. building is a religious cultural center located in the Pamir mountain region of Tajikistan.

The design draws its inspiration and design vocabulary from the vernacular architecture of the area; the majestic, tall Poplar trees, its spectacular setting, the local materials and construction techniques. The Project is seamless in the integration of architecture and interior design, interior spaces and exterior spaces with the use of local materials such as stone, wood and Lapis Lazuli. The interior ceiling is inspired by the rotated squares found in Pamiri Houses.


For over 30 years, Farouk Noormohamed has used architecture to change lives, inspire the spirit & advance sustainability. His buildings combine breathtaking design, efficiency of space, and harmony with nature. Every building Farouk has designed has become a landmark in its context, and a source of pride for its users in the process garnering him international recognition for his contribution to culturally responsive architecture. His work draws from local traditions and crafts and combines with modern technologies. He has won the gold medal from the International Union of Architects.

Awards and Prize

2020 German Design Awards, Excellent Architecture Award winner
2018 International Design Award, Bronze Award - Architectural Design
2017 Fantini Award from Italy for the best Washroom Design.
2017 Nominated for Wood Council Award.
2015 Two residential projects published in Vancouver Home Spring Edition.
2014 Award of excellence Aga Khan University Heart and Cancer Centre Nairobi.
2013 1st Place for Best Individual Room: Contemporary by Seattle Design Centre.
2011 Winner for renovation of the year by Intercontinental Hotels Group for Holiday Inn Express,Langley
2010 Published in Canadian Architect Executive Journal.
2009 Winner of the Gold Medal for Architecture and Interior Design awarded by the Central Asian Chapter of the International Union of Architects.
2008 Published in a Coffee Table Book - Spectacular Homes.
2007 Published in the Western Living Magazine.
2007 Adex Silver Award for Design Excellence - Holiday Inn Red Deer.
2007 Adex Gold Award for Design Excellence - Residence 945 - 15th Steet.
2007 Adex Platinum Award for Design Excellence - Lalji Residence.
2006 Publish in Builder/Architect Magazine.
2006 Finalists for the Georgie Awards for four categories.
2002 Lieutenant Governor of B.C. awards in architecture.- Barbara Dalrymple Memorial award
2002 IIDA Awards for Excellence in Lighting Design
2002 IIDA Vision Awards for Excellence in Lighting Design
2002 IIDA Vision Awards Jury choice Award.
2000 Winner international competition for a 150,000 sq.ft school complex in Kenya.
2000 Newcomer of the year - Holiday Inn Express, Walnut Grove L Bass Hotel
1999 Gold Award for Best Single Family Detached Home 4,000 Sq.Ft. and over - Georgie Awards,Canadian Home Builders’ Assoc.
1999 Gold Award for Best Kitchen-Georgie Awards, Cdn Home Builders’ Assoc.
1999 Gold Award for Best Master Suite-Georgie Awards, Can. Home Builders’ Assoc.
1999 Gold Award for Best Interior Design.
1999 Seattle Design Centre Award.