Aga Khan Award for Architecture, August 2019

© Aga Khan Trust for Culture / Cemal Emden (photographer)

Aga Khan Award for Architecture, August 2019

The 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Master Jury has announced its selection of the Palestinian Museum as winner of the prestigious annual prize. The Museum shares this honour and prize of one million dollars with five other projects that were also on the Award shortlist, which included 20 entries from 16 different countries. Accepting the award were Chair of the Board of the Palestinian Museum, Zina Jardaneh, landscape architect Lara Zureikat, and Róisín Heneghan of the architecture firm Heneghan Peng, in a ceremony in Kazan, Russia.

The Aga Khan Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in the field of architecture. Read more on TPM website, and AKDN website

RIBA Honorary Fellow 2019, Nov 2018
RIBA Honorary Fellow 2019, Nov 2018

Zina Jardaneh, Chair of the Board of the Palestinian Museum, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA.  RIBA Honorary Fellowships are awarded annually to people who are not architects but have contributed to architecture. This includes individuals who have advanced the role of architecture in creating more sustainable communities, those involved in its promotion and management and those who nurture the interests of future generations.

MENA Green Building Award, May 2018

The Museum was awarded the 2018 MENA Green Building Awards in the category of Green Public Building. This award is organised by the Emirates Green Building Council and is endorsed by the World Green Building Council in partnership with the Green Building Councils in the MENA region.

“In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day”, December 2017

The Palestinian Museum was selected for Projects of the Year “In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. “In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day” was a symposium devoted to the most exciting and critical spatial projects of 2017. The event brought together international architects, artists, curators, theorists, and filmmakers, who were selected to present one new project -whether a building, a book, an artwork, or an exhibition- considered to be among the most engaging and relevant in 2017.

World Architectural Festival Culture Award, November 2017

21/11/2017- Birzeit: The building design of the Palestinian Museum has won the World Architecture Festival Award for 2017 for the category of Culture - Completed Buildings. This award adds to a series of awards and recognitions received by the Palestinian Museum since its completion.

This achievement came after the Palestinian Museum competed in the category of Culture - Completed Buildings, as one of 14 cultural buildings from around the world. This short list included distinguished architectural projects, such as the Tara Theatre in the United Kingdom, the Mleiha Archaeological Centre in Sharjah, the Zhao Hua Xi Shi Living Museum in China, the ASB Waterfront Theatre in New Zealand, the Nantes Arts Museum in France, and others. Since its launch in 2008, the World Architecture Festival has been considered one of the most important world festivals of architecture. In its latest edition in Berlin, 500 architectural projects from around the world competed in 32 categories.

The chairperson of the Palestinian Museum Board of Taawon (Welfare Association), Zina Jardaneh, expressed pride at the museum’s winning such a prestigious award, competing with important architectural projects worldwide. She added that this recognition raises the museum’s status, reputation, and role on a global level.

The Palestinian Museum building was designed by the Irish architectural firm, Heneghan Peng, after they won an international architectural design competition held by the Taawon (Welfare Association) in 2011. The museum’s design is distinguished by its clean, contemporary design that blends seamlessly with the local rural landscape. The building’s structure references the terraced hills of Palestine and is surrounded by terraced gardens, planted with trees and flowers native to Palestine.

The building also received the “Presidential…

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LEED® Golden Certificate, November 2017

The First Museum in the Middle East and the First Building in Palestine to Earn LEED Certification

13/11/2017 - Birzeit: The Palestinian Museum has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It has become the first museum in the Middle East, the first building in Palestine, and one of only fourteen museums worldwide to receive this certification. The announcement was made at a press conference held at the museum in Birzeit today.

The Palestinian Museum is acknowledged, based on this certification, as a green building, constructed using procedures and techniques that take the environment and sustainability into consideration, and foster economic and social benefits throughout the museum project’s development, from location selection to design, construction, and operation. This achievement was realised after gaining 61 points on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scale set by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The chairperson of the Palestinian Museum Board in the Taawon-Welfare Association, Zina Jardaneh, expressed her pleasure at this Palestinian achievement. “We are proud that the Palestinian Museum, built with Palestinian effort, funding, and collaboration, was able to rise to a global level in terms of design and environmental sustainability,” said Jardaneh. “Since the idea of the museum was conceived, we have been keen on leadership not only in generating knowledge and promoting culture, but also in contributing to environmental sustainability and nature reservation. We are delighted today to be an example in creating this harmony between nature and culture, not only on a Palestinian level, but on a global one as well.”

The Museum’s facilities manager, Bashar Ammar, and the executive manager of the…

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RIAI Architecture Awards, July 2017

President of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Carole Pollard bestowed the Palestinian Museum the “Presidential Award” as part of 2017 RIAI Architecture Awards.  The Royal Institute was founded in 1839 with the aim of promoting the value that architecture brings to society. The museum was one of 21 winners who made it out of the 60 architectural projects that were shortlisted. 

Best Logo Award, November 2014

The Museum was awarded Best Logo at the International Design and Communication Awards (IDCA) 2014, which was held in Sydney, Australia. The Museum of Everything, from the United Kingdom, and Musée de la Civilisation de Quebec, from Canada, took second and third places in the same category which was populated with international contenders.


The Museum was awarded Best Corporate Identity (The best of typography/ logotypes/ brand marks) in a competition organised by the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) based in the United Kingdom.