Leila Araghian shortlisted for the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

May 09, 2016

Her project, the Tabiat Pedestrian Bridge in Tehran, is one of 19 finalists in the world.

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, given every three years, recognizes projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and preservation, but also address the needs and aspirations of societies with a significant Muslim presence.

The bridge is located in a northern part of Tehran called Abbas Abad Lands, dedicated mainly to cultural spaces such as libraries, museums, and public parks. Leila, who graduated with her Master of Architecture in 2013, designed the bridge to improve access for pedestrians between two parks divided by one of the main highways in the city. 

“The very first thing that came to my mind was that the bridge can be a place to stay, not a place to pass,” she says. Usually considered merely structural projects, pedestrians on the Tabiat Bridge can have a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and to the south and north of Tehran, something rarely found anywhere else in Tehran. 

At 270 meters long, the bulky, steel truss structure is the largest pedestrian bridge built in Iran to date.