Established in Saudi Arabia in 2011, Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for mosque architecture is a triennial competition, which aims to aid the development of contemporary architectural design of mosques. It encourages architects to create new mosque designs, which represent mosques in the 21st century. The underlying objective is to ensure that mosques continue to evolve with time while retaining their spiritual essence. It aims to highlight not only the architectural dimension, but also the significance of the social aspects of mosques.
In terms of rules and guidelines, the mosques must be built and in use; the built date must be after the year 2000; mosques must be within the Islamic countries; previous cycle’s winners are not eligible for nomination.
The award is now in its third cycle (2017-2019). The winning mosques will be awarded based on the assessment of international architectural jurors experienced with mosque architecture, who will relatively evaluate and assign the winning mosques. Nominated mosques will be classified into three categories; Central Mosques, Jumaa’ (Friday) Mosques, and Local Mosques. Additionally, prizes will be given to innovations and ideas which help in developing the concept of mosques for present times as well as anticipating future needs.
The special awards triennial ceremony is organised in different cities worldwide. It’s expected that the fourth cycle, which will launch in the year 2020, will include mosque architecture from around the world.