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.


February 27
Portraits of Oil Urbanism 
El Hadi Jazairy
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Scientist
, Center for Advanced Urbanism, MIT
Bio & Abstract

March 20 
Toward a Methodology of Decolonizing Photography
Stephen Sheehi
Professor of Arabic Studies
William & Mary

Bio & Abstract

April 3
Graveyard of the Clerics:
Islamic Activism in Saudi Suburbia

Pascale Ménoret
Professor in Modern Middle East Studies, Brandeis
Bio & Abstract

April 24
No Direction Home: The Life and Legacy of Frantz Fanon
Adam Shatz
New York Based Author
Contributing Editor 
to the London Review of Books
Bio & Abstract

May 1 
The Mosque and the Arcade: Academy and Nationhood in the Cold War Middle East
Burak Erdim 
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
North Carolina State University
Bio & Abstract

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

Stan Anderson and HTC

Friday May 5,  6 pm -  9 pm
Saturday May 6,  9 am - 6 pm
In the Long Lounge (MIT room 7-429)
Further details to be announced.

Article by Nasser Rabbat about the AKPIA posters

Archnet named one of Top 20 Architecture Sites for 2016

The Destruction of Cultural Heritage: From Napoléon to ISIS  Organized by Pamela Karimi Nasser Rabbat
Call for Proposals - Urban & Community Development Research Grants in the UAE  Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research
Nasser Rabbat's piece on Syria in the Globe and Mail of Toronto today, Syria’s past can be a path to its future
on the occasion of the symposium 
Syria’s Art and Architecture: A
Multicultural History, held at the Aga Khan Museum, Oct 29-30.
Inauguration speaches, including Nasser Rabbat's, at Syria: A Living History. an exhibition in the Aga Khan Museum In Totonto.
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.

About Prof. James Wescoat in MIT News

ARTFORUM article by Prof. Nasser Rabbat on Zaha Hadid