Welcome to AKPIA@MIT

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AKPIA@MIT) is an academic program part of the MIT Department of Architecture.  The program offers degree courses and sponsors public lectures and conferences at MIT. In addition the program offers travel grants for MIT students, as well as postdoctoral fellowships with residence at MIT.

CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS

The video of Professor Nasser Rabbat's first Gibb Lecture at Harvard delivered on April 3, 2018, is now available for viewing at https://cmes.fas.harvard.edu/news/video-historian-and-city-between-ibn-khaldun-and-al-maqrizi


AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE - 2019 STEERING COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE
Geneva, Switzerland, 12 March 2018 
– The Aga Khan Award for Architecture today announced the members of the Steering Committee for the Fourteenth Award Cycle (2017 – 2019). Established in 1977, the Award is given every three years to projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape architecture. The Steering Committee is chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan. The other members of the Steering Committee are: Sir David Adjaye, Principal Adjaye Associates, London, Mohammad al-Asad, Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Amman, Emre Arolat, Founder, EAA- Emre Arolat Architecture, New York-London-Istanbul, Francesco Bandarin, Special Advisor, UNESCO, Paris, Hanif Kara, Design Director - AKT II, London, and Professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Azim Nanji, Special Advisor, Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Brigitte  Shim, Partner, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, Toronto, and Marina Tabassum, Principal, Marina Tabassum Architects, Dhaka. Farrokh Derakhshani is the Director of the Award. Continue reading

SPRING 2018 LECTURES AND EVENTS

Thursday, May 24, 2018 6-8 PM in the Stella Room (7-338)
Modern Art in the Arab World: Primary Documents - book launch and roundtable discussion
Free and open to the public.  See event description here.

REMEMBERING & REBUILDING

May 7
Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Transition Architecture of Postwar Ex-Yugoslavia
Aleksandar Staničić
AKPIA@MIT Postdoctoral Fellow
Bio & Abstract

LECTURE VIDEO

April 23
Rebuilding Abd al-Qadir’s Cities under French Administration: From Regulation to Renewal
Amine Kasmi
AKPIA@MIT Postdoctoral Fellow
Abstract

LECTURE VIDEO

MONDAYS AT 6:00 PM IN MIT ROOM 3-133


SYMPOSIUM


April 27 & 28 IN MIT ROOM 6-120

Translating Destruction: Contemporary Art and War in the Middle East