In the Making: The Aga Khan Museum, The Ismaili Centre and Their Park

A Photo Essay


May 28, 2010: The Aga Khan and Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, view the model of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park at the unveiling of the foundation plaque. Photo Credit: The Prime Minister’s Web site,

Introduced by Abdulmalik Merchantpluur
Editor and Publisher,

Jim Bowie is a photographer hobbyst, who has made it his mission to capture the development of the Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre and their Park by taking a photograph every day. This has provided Simerg with a splendid opportunity to monitor its progress in reaching its ‘developmental milestones’ over the coming months.

Bowie and Simerg have collaborated to produce a spectacular photo essay of the work in progress. When completed, the buildings and the Park will become architectural gems and cultural icons in Canada. The 40+ colour slides included in this presentation, begin in March 2010 as Bowie moves into a condominium across the project site, when the ground had not even been broken. How did the site look then, and how has it evolved since?

PHOTO ESSAY: In the Making…Please click to view PDF presentation

By providing this treasure trove of photographs, we hope that your heart and mind will beam to as much a degree as Jim’s does; for him, change is an inevitable process and he does not take it for granted. He is engrossed daily in what he is observing.

Just as each one of us is dedicated and committed to our own personal endeavours in life, the engineers, the architects and the site personnel are committed to seeing this project beautifully completed. The viewer, hopefully, will appreciate a sense of what happens at a dedicated construction site.

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