There are many, many challenges and we know all about that, but challenge is part of human life and I don’t think you or I will bend our knees in front of a challenge. I don’t like bending knees. I dissuade people who have knee problems to work for me. And I still try to ski at my old age.

 

 
I couldn’t accept this wonderful recognition without expressing to you all the deepness of my gratitude and my thanks.

In thinking about the way societies live in the developing world, in the industrialised world, I came to a very simple conclusion. What is the art form that has the most important impact on every society, in every part of the world? And the answer is quite simply: architecture. And it seemed to me an important conclusion that colleagues of mine, friends, others should work with me to commit to that art which must, and can, improve the quality of life of people around the world.

There are many, many challenges and we know all about that, but challenge is part of human life and I don’t think you or I will bend our knees in front of a challenge. I don’t like bending knees. I dissuade people who have knee problems to work for me. And I still try to ski at my old age.

So I want to thank you for this wonderful evening, to tell you that it’s a very important evening in my life because it’s a recognition of an art form which I believe needs global recognition, needs global attention, needs the best brains that we can mobilise to improve the human habitat for the decades and decades ahead.

Thank you for this wonderful evening. Thank you.

His Highness the Aga Khan IV

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