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.



September 12
In cooperation with the MIT HTC Forum

The Surface of Things:
A History of Photography from the Swahili Coast
Sandy Prita Meier
Assistant Professor of African Art History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

October 3
After Daraa: Syrian Art Today
Maymanah Farhat
Writer and Art Historian

November 7
Digital Colonialism?:
Thoughts on the Ethics of Digital Recreations of Threatened Cultural Heritage Sites in the Middle East

Erin Thompson
Assistant Professor of Art Law and Art Crime, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)

November 14
Artfare: How Art Makes Sense of Cultural Upheaval
Kirsten Scheid
Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies
American University of Beirut

December 5
The Role and Meaning of the Alevi Cemevi:
Islamic Congregational Architecture Outside the Mosque Paradigm
Angela Andersen
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

Available Bios and Abstracts
Mondays at 6:00 pm in MIT Room 3-133. Free and open to the public.

Nasser Rabbat speaks in 3 episodes of the BBC series: the Museum of Lost Objects which traces the histories of 10 antiquities or cultural sites that have been destroyed or looted in Iraq and Syria.

The Rhodes Scholarships for Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP)

About Prof. James Wescoat in MIT News

ARTFORUM article by Prof. Nasser Rabbat on Zaha Hadid