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.

Fall 2018 " An evening with" Lecture Series

September 24
Should we Unite 4 Heritage? The Ethics of Cultural Heritage Preservation
Erich Hatala Matthes
Philosophy Department & Environmental Studies
Wellesley College
Bio & Abstract

October 15
Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture
Regeneration  |  Mainstreaming  |  Replication

A. Mridul/Shilpa Mridul
Architect/ Entreprenuer
Birkha Bawari Synopsis

October 22
Lebanon and the Fog of Reconstruction: Between the Future and Survival 
Deen Sharp
AKPIA@MIT 2018-19 Post-Dcotoral Fellow
Bio & Abstract

November 19
Making Places in New Spaces:  Circassian Forced Migrants in the late Ottoman Empire
Dawn Chatty
Emeritus Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration
University of Oxford, UK   
Bio & Abstract

December 3
Reviving Architectural Heritage and the Collective Memory of Mosul
Omar Mohammed a.k.a “Mosul Eye”
Yale Greenberg World Fellow

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


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


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