Lectures & Events (Fall 2010 - Present)

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aSpring 2023 Fall 2022

Saturday March 4, 2023
10:00 am to 5:00 pm in MIT Room 56-114
Building Like a State:
Architecture and Nomad-State Relations in Historical Perspective
In person only, will not be accessible remotely. Register here.


March 20 
Something Else is Possible
Vivien Sansour
Founder and Director of Palestine Heirloom Seed Library
 In person only, will not be accessible remotely. Register here.

April 10
Ottoman Tour d’Europe: Architecture, Urbanism, and Late Ottoman Travelogues 
Semra Horuz
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
 In person only, will not be accessible remotely. Register here.

April 24 at 12:30 pm
Against the Regime of Emptiness
Samia Henni
Cornell University
Via zoom only. Register here.

Thursday, May 4 in room 7-429 (Long Lounge)
Part of the Department of Architecture Lecture Series
Wetland: A Future Vernacular
Wael al-Awar
Nominee Principal of WaiWai Design, curator of UAE National Pavilion 2021,
winner of Golden Lion with Kenichi Teramoto

Aired simultaneously on YouTubeRegister here.

Thursday, May 11 in Room 1-190 from 4 - 7 pm
Film Premiere | Climate Futures, Cities Past

The Sultan's Architect Called Home: Raimondo D'Aronco Between Turkey and Italy
Sharon Smith
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow


Everyday Life in the "Spectacular" City: Making Home in Dubai
Rana AlMutawa
Social Sciences Division
NYU Abu Dhabi


October 3
The Industrial Ephemeral: Labor and Love in Indian Architecture and Construction
Namita Dharia
Architect and Socio-Cultural Anthropologist
Rhode Island School of Design


October 24 
Disembodied Territoriality or how to be displaced from where you have never been?
Menna Agha
Architect and Researcher
Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University

November 14
City as a Geofact
Todd Reisz
Architect and Writer


November 21
'Improve and Reform Them':
Manufacturing Citizenship and Goods in the Vocational School of Late Ottoman Baghdad

Lydia Harrington
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow


Spring 2022 Fall 2021

Monday, February 28 at 6 pm. 
From Sectarian to Muslim Ecumenicalism: 
Changing Contours of Muslim Sacred Landscape in 19th Century Kashmir
Hakim Sameer Hamdani 
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow 

Monday, April 4 at 6 pm in room 3-133
The Profession’s Vanguards: Arab Architects in Mandate Jerusalem
Nadi Abusaada 
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow


Saturday, April 30 in room 56-154.
The Profession’s Foundations: Architects and Architecture in the Modern Middle East
In recent years, a growing body of scholarship has emerged within the field of architectural studies that has sought to revisit existing Western-centric paradigms and explore new terrains for understanding architectural history and the present. By emphasizing the ‘global mobilities’ underpinning the transfer of architectural concepts, models, and skills throughout the twentieth century, scholars have expanded the historiography of modern architecture and urban planning into a more comprehensive global history. Nonetheless, this global history remains predominantly written through the experiences of colonial and foreign architects and planners and their influences on the rest of the world during the twentieth century. Contrarily, this workshop invites participants to explore the undocumented histories of the emergence of a local class of professional architects and planners in the Global South. Focusing on the Middle East, it aims to trace the thought, practice, and vision of the milieu of local architects, engineers and planners who contributed to the transnational exchange of technical expertise and the flow of architectural knowledge, experiences, and imageries both regionally and globally during the twentieth century.


October 4 at 6 pm
Spaceship in the Desert
Gökçe Günel
Assistant Professor in Anthropology
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Rice University

November 15 at 6 pm
Fischer von Erlach to Banister Fletcher: Writing Islam into the World’s Architectural History
Sussan Babaie
Professor of Islamic and Iranian Art and Architecture
The Courtauld Institute of Art
University of London



Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Thursday, March 4, 6:00 PM (EST)
Surveying Modern Architecture: The Case of Cairo 

Mohamed Elshahed
Independent Curator and author of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide
This presentation also is part of the Department of  Architecture’s lecture series.


Monday, April 12, 6:00 PM (EST)
Lived Heritage and the Sacred Topography of Harar Jugol, Ethiopia
Michelle Moore Apotsos
Department of Art
Williams College


Monday, May 10, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Place of Africa, in Theory
Shaden M. Tageldin
Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
University of Minnesota



Monday, September 21, 6 PM (EST)
Tangier at the Crossroads: 
Memories of Cosmopolitanism 
and Dreams of Technological Modernity
Michael A Toler
Archnet Content Manager
Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC@MIT)
MIT Libraries

Bio & Abstract

Thursday, November 12, 6 PM (EST)
Elusive Things: Materialities and Spatialities in the Vicinity of Nigér
Ikem Stanley Okoye 
Associate Professor
Art History Department - Africana Department,
University of Delaware

This lecture is presented in conjuction with the MIT Department of Architecture Lecture series.
Bio & Abstract

Monday, November 16, 6 PM (EST)
Negotiating Uncertainty in an Accra Zongo
Emily Anne Williamson
PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology

Boston University
Bio & Abstract 

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

February 10

Durability through Verse:
Palace Building and Poetry at Abbasid Samarra

Matt Saba
Visual Resources Librarian, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT

February 24
Architecture in Dialogue:
The Aga Khan Award in its Fourteenth Cycle

Farrokh Derakhshani
Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Lecture to be followed by a panel discussion with Aga Khan Professors:
From Harvard, Gulru Necipuglu; and from MIT,  Nasser Rabbat and James Wescoat.

March 16
On the Urgency of  Writing an Accessible History of Egyptian Modernism
Mohamed Elshahed
Independent Curator. Author of Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide

April 13
Inquiries into the Post-Secular Syrian Public Sphere and Urban Space
Ahmad Sukkar
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

May 4
The Lives of Religious Endowments:
Islam and Neoliberal Reconstruction in Postwar Beirut

Nada Moumtaz
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow


Available Bios & Abstracts

Monday, October 7    
Why Culture Matters for Urban Development in India
Stefania Abekerli
Urban Development Planner, South Asia
Culture and Inclusive Tourism Development, World Bank Group


Monday, October 28    
Water and Community in Islamic Granada
D. Fairchild Ruggles
Department of Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Monday, November 18
Research Projects by two AKPIA Post-Doctoral Fellows
Majdi Faleh
Atri Hatef Naiemi

Wednesday, December 11    
Architecture - Between Ecology and History
Pankaj Vir Gupta
Department of Architecture, University of Virginia

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Available Bios & Abstracts

February 25 • 6 pm • MIT Room 3-133
Rebuilding Architectural Heritage in Post-Conflict Mosul:
Current Challenges, Considerations, and Case Studies

Allison Cuneo
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

March 11 • 6 pm • MIT Room 3-133
Contemporizing Traditional Water Architecture
Regeneration | Mainstreaming | Replication

A. Mridul / Shilpa Mridul
Architect / Entrepreneur

Birkha Bawari Synopsis

April 8 • 6 pm • MIT Room 35-225
Panel Discussion with Artist Julie Mehretu
Julie Mehretu, New York based artist
Miriam Cooke, Professor Emerita, Duke University
Asma Naeem, Curator,The Baltimore Museum of Art

Nasser Rabbat, Director, AKPIA@MIT
Deen Sharp, AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

Making Connections with Julie Mehretu
Article and photo by Donna Dodson for Artscope magazine

April 29 • 6 pm • MIT Room 3-133
Panel Discussion with Harvey Molotch and Davide Ponzini,  co-authors
of “The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of  Wealth, Ambition, and Distress”

Harvey Molotch, Emeritus Professor, New York University
Davide Ponzini, Professor, Politecnico di Milano

Neil Brenner, Professor of Urban Theory, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Rosie Bsheer, Professor of History, Harvard University
Bish Sanyal, Ford International Professor of Urban Development and Planning, MIT

Video of Panel Discussion

Reconstruction as Violence: The Case of Aleppo
May 10 • 2:30 - 5:00 pm & May 11 • 9:30 am - 6:00 pm in MIT Room 6-120

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 4, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Overview of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and its history, as well as alternative ways to evaluate the social impact of architectural projects and the symbolic dimensions of the most recent award recipients.

October 15 October 15 (CANCELLED)
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

This lecture is permanently is available for viewing here.
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

If you missed this lecture, it is available for viewing here until12/11/18.

December 3 (CANCELLED)
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.

Spring 2018

Fall 2017


Available Bios & Abstracts

February 26
Learning from Dadaab: An Architectural History of Forced Migration
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mahindra Center for the Humanities, Harvard University

March 12
Plunder, Destruction and Museums: The Imperial Origins of Democracy
Ariella Azoulay
Professor of Modern Culture & Media and Comparative Literature
Brown University

April 2
Gardens of Memory: Design Against Amnesia
Annalinda Neglia
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

April 9 at 12:00 pm in the Stella Room (7-338)
Three presentations by the 2017 AKPIA@MIT Travel Grant Recipients

  1. Yusef AudehMaster of Science in Art, Culture and Technology
    Pure Light
    Traveled to Düsseldorf, Germany and Tunisia                   
  2. Max Budovitch, MCP & Kelly Main, MCP
    Differential Impact of Refugee Housing Programs on Beneficiaries and Urban Development in Lebano
    Traveled to Lebanon                                                  
  3. Sera Tolgay, AKPIA@MIT SMarchS
    Planning for Scarcity: Community-Based Water Management in the Jordan River Valley
    Traveled to Jordan

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

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



April 27 & 28 IN MIT ROOM 6-120

Translating Destruction: Contemporary Art and War in the Middle East

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
 See event description here.


Available Bios & Abstracts

September 25
Womanhood: From Personal to Universal
Photographs by Rania Matar

Rania Matar
Photographer, Massachusetts College of Art & Design

October 16 
Homecoming Queen
Raya Ani
Founder & Design Director, RAW-NYC Architects

Thursday, November 9th at 12:30 in MIT Room 5-134
A presentation by His Excellency Meret Orazov
Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the United States
followed by
Ms. Keya Baymarova
Founder and Executive Director
The Durdy Bayramov Art Foundation (Toronto, Canada)
Both presentations are in honour of artist and photographer

Durdy Baymarov, whose work is on display at the
Rotch Library through 11/26/17 in an exhibit entitled:
“Through the Eyes of Durdy Baymarov:
Turkmen Village Life, 1960–80s”

December 4
Exhibiting Islamic Art:  From Doha to Dallas
Sabiha Al Khemir
Scholar and Curat

Unkess Indicated, lectures are on Mondays at 6:00 pm in MIT room 3-133.
Free and open to the public.

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

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

April 27
3:00 - 6:00 pm in MIT Room 4-231
Workshop - The Architecture of Refugees: The Question of Ethics

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


SPECIAL EVENT: Symposium: 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)

Available Bios & Abstracts


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

October 29 & 30
Symposium at the
Aga Khan Museum In Toronto
Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

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


Spring 2016

Fall 2015

February 22
Terrace Gardens in Mughal Kashmir
Jan Haenraets (Bio & Abstract)
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Director, Atelier Anonymous, Vancouver
February 29
In collaboration with MIT ACT E15 - 001 (The ACT Cube)
Drafting exhibitions: empathy and artistic relations. An old way that might be
the best way of doing things - beyond the notion of professionalism

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Director of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin


Symposium: New Frontiers in Gulf Urbanism
Friday, March 11 from 1 pm to 5 pm in room 1-390
Saturday, March 12 from 12:30 pm to 4 pm in 7-429 (Long Lounge)


March 14

Omani ‘New Towns’ of the 17th Century: Birkat Al-Mawz and Al-Hamra
Soumyen Bandyopadhyay
Sir James Stirling Chair in Architecture
University of Liverpool
April 4
Towards a Multiscale Human Environment:
Islamic sub-Saharan Africa and Post-war Modern Urbanism

Filippo De Dominicis
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow


An American Mosque
Screening and Q & A with filmmaker David Washburn
April 13, 7:00 to 9:00 pm MIT room 6-120

April 29, 2016, 12 - 2 pm, MIT room 9-255
Presentations by the 2015-16 AKPIA@MIT Travel Grant Recipients

  • Karthik Rao Cavale
    The Road to Dalit Mobility: Rural Roads and Caste Relations in India
    Tamil Nadu, India
  • Dina El-Zanfaly
    Making to Learn and Learning to Make
  • Alpen Sheth (Via Skype)
    Disaster Insurance as planning? Field Visit to Disaster-prone Areas.

Available Bios & Abstracts 

September 28
Premises for Practice
Hashim Sarkis
Dean, MIT School of Architecture & Planning

October 5
When Politics and Architecture Collide
(Lecture Video)

Hisham Munir
Architect & Planner, Hisham Munir & Associates

October 19
The Role of Micro-architecture and Topography in Early Mughal Painting
(Lecture Video)

Mika Natif
The George Washington University, AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

November 9
A Shift to Modernity in the Art and Architecture of Damascus, 1860-1963
(Lecture Video)

Anas Soufan
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Available Bios & Abstracts 

February 23
Architecture as an Appropriating Apparatus: Muslim Nationalism and Designing Presidential Complex  of Islamabad, Pakistan 
Farhan Karim
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow
Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

March 16
Ceci n'est pas Damas: Arabic Prose Topographies of Damascus
Dana Sajdi
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow 
Associate Professor, Boston College

April 27
Culture and Identity:  The Architecture of Jewish Holy Spaces in Isfahan, Iran
Mohammad Gharipour
Associate Professor, Morgan State University, Baltimore

Available Bios & Abstracts 

September 22
Global Nomads:  Migration and Cultural Mobility in the Current Profession of Architecture
Asiya Chowdhury
Design Leader
Ian Schrager Company, New York

October 20
6:00 pm in Barthos Theater, MIT

Homecoming after Death: An Islamic Cemetery in Austria
Bernardo Bader
Architect & Principal, bernardo bader architekten, Dornbirn, Austria
Eva Grabherr
Director of the Center for Immigration and Integration, Vorarlberg, Austria
Azra Aksamija
Nasser Rabbat

November 3
What Constitutes Excellence in Islamic Geometric Design?  Historical and Contemporary Best Practice
Eric Broug
Author and educator, UK

Special Workshop by Eric Broug
Tuesday, November 4, 10:00 am -1:00 pm in MIT room E25-117

A Practical Introduction to Islamic Geometric Design Workshop
Using only a pencil, a straight edge, and a pair of compasses, learn how to make patterns using the same techniques used by craftsmen for centuries. Learn how they used polygonal grids to design and scale their compositions. We will be making two patterns: one from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, another from the Al-Mustansariyya madrasa in Baghdad.

November 17
Conflict, Convivencia, and the Life of Buildings
Michele Lamprakos
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
University of Maryland-College Park

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Available Bios & Abstracts 

February 10
Mamalik and Mamalik: The Citadel between Ayyubids and Seljuks in the Early 13th Century
Scott Redford 
Professor, Department of Archaeology and History of Art
Koç University, Istanbul

February 24
Tea with Nefertiti: or How the Arts Shape Culture
Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
Founders of Art Reoriented
New York & Munich

March 17
Understanding the Urban Heritage: The Cultural Wire-Scape of Historic Lahore
Masood Khan
Heritage Consultant

April 4
12:30 – 2:30 in room 4-231

Presentations by the 2013-14 Travel Grant Winners
Kian Goh, PhD DUSP 
Place in the Flows: Sustainable Urbanism and a Social Design Movement.
Jakarta, Indonesia
Michael Kubo, PhD HTC 
Speculation: Oil Economy and Late Modernism 1973-1983.
Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah
Hala Malik, SMArchS AKPIA 
Mapping domestic spaces of Lahore in the 1950's.
Lahore, Pakistan
Emily Williamson, SMArchS AKPIA 
Research on the Black Volta Islamic Trade Networks.
Ghana, West Africa 

April 7
Around the Umayyad Mosque of Damascus: New Data on the Role of Markets in the “Islamic City” of the Middle Ages
Elodie Vigouroux
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

April 11 & 12 MIT room 4-270 
The Orangi Pilot Project and Legacy of Architect Perween Rehman

April 11, 6 pm, Keynote Speech, Arif Hasan, Architect, Karachi, Pakistan
April 12, 9 am - 5 pm

April 14 
Nationalism, Sentimentality, and Judgment: Cultivating Sympathy in the Syrian Uprising, 2011-2013
Lisa Wedeen
Professor of Political Science
University of Chicago 

May 5
The Historiography of Contemporary Architecture in the Gulf
Sumayah Al-Solaiman

Ibn Khaldun Fellow, MIT
Professor, College of Design
University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Available Bios & Abstracts 

October 7
Producing a Borderscape: Social and Spatial Engineering in Early Republican Elazig
Zeynep Kezer
Aga Khan Program Post-Doctoral Fellow

November 4
Islamic landscapes in the Trapani Mountains (Sicily)
Antonio Rotolo
Aga Khan Program Post-Doctoral Fellow

December 2
Mega-Projects in Islamic Countries: At the Crossroads of Modernity and Tradition? 
Richard Gönci

Creative Director
studio amd 


Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Available Bios & Abstracts  

March 4
Medieval Anatolia is Elsewhere: Mapping Cultural Encounters and Impasses of Architectural Historiography
Suna Cagaptay
Bahcesehir University, Turkey
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13

March 11
The Aleppo-Damascus Itinerary: A Tale of a Resilient Road and its Cavaranserais
Cinzia Tavernari
University of Urbino, Italy
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13 

April 1
The Traditional Architecture of Libya's Nafusah Mountains: Types of Dwellings and Evolution of Urban Settlements
Beniamino Polimeni
Universita Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Italy 
AKPIA@MIT fellow 2012-13 

April 22, 12:30 pm in room 9-250
Presentations by the 2012-13 Travel Grant Winners 
Three Learning Environments in Ramallah, West Bank
Jenine Kotob, SMArchS AKPIA    
Promoting Walkable, Bikable Streets in Ahmedabad, India: Developing a Local Street Design Handbook, India
Mariko Davidson, MCP DUSP
The Egyptian Labor Movement in the Republican Period and Beyond
Sofia Lopez, MCP
Housing Displaced Iraqi Squatters: A Pre-Thesis Case Study, Jordan and Egypt 
Layla Shaikley, SMArchS AKPIA

April 29
Restoration of Spanish Islamic Architecture: The Case of the Alhambra and the Bofilla Tower
Camilla Mileto and Fernando Vegas
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia 

“The Right to Architecture”  One Day Symposium
Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00

Studying the History of Islamic Art & Architecture
Available Bios & Abstracts 

October 29 
(Cancelled and rescheduled for November 26)
Beyond Walls: Appraising Architecture Vis-à-Vis Material Culture
Pamela Karimi 
Assistant Professor of Art History
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 

November 19
Explorations in the Architecture of al-Andalus
Glaire Anderson
Associate Professor of Islamic Art History 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

December 3
Images of the Prophet Muhammad In and Out of Modernity: The Curious Case of a 2008 Mural in Tehran 
Christiane Gruber
Associate Professor of Islamic Art
University of Michigan 

November 8th, 12:30 to 2:00 in MIT room 5-216
Part of course 4.614 Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures
Lecture on Chinese Mosques by Nancy S. Steinhardt 
Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art
University of Pennsylvania

Spring 2012 

Fall 2011

February 13            
Formation of Marinid Madrasas and the Ornate Archiving of Sovereignty
Riyaz Latif
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

March 9 at noon in room 3-133
Presentations by the recipients of the 2011-2012 Student Travel Grants 
"The Style Will Be Indo-Saracenic": Walter Burley Griffin's 1936 Lucknow Exhibition and the Making of (Transnational) Civil Society
Shiben Banerji HTC PhD
Bukhara: the Case of Urban Amnesia
Hanna Rutkouskaya AKPIA@MIT SMArchS 
Kampungs, Warungs and Super Sambal: Participatory Planning in Indonesia with Solo Kota Kita and UN Habitat
Stephen Kennedy MCP
Alice Shay MCP

March 19          
Modernity, Citizenship and Urban Space: Public Beaches and Swimming Pools in Early Republican Istanbul
Sibel Bozdogan
Visiting Lecturer, AKPIA@MIT

April 2
The Art of Mediation: Aesthetics and the Imagination in Islamic Ornamental Art
Samir Mahmoud
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

April 9
African Identity in Post-Apartheid Public Architecture: White Skin, Black Masks
Jonathan Noble
Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

April 23
Architectural Discontext
Makram el Kadi & Ziad Jamaleddine

AKPIA at Harvard Conference, April 12-14, 2012
Ornament as Portable Culture: Between Globalism and Localism

September 19            
The Avenue of Sphinxes, Luxor, Egypt: Historical and Cultural Challenges in Urban Design
Hala Nassar
Associate Professor in Planning & Landscape Architecture
Clemson University

October 3            
The Work of the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services in Pakistan
Hafiz Sherali
Chairman, Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, Pakistan

November 7
Panoramic Urbanism: Visualizing Urban History in Istanbul
Ipek Tureli
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

December 5
Bioclimatic Devices and Adaptations at Alijares Palace (Alhambra, 14th century) and other Nasrid Buildings
Luis Jose Garcia Pulido
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT

AKPIA@MIT 30th Anniversary Reunion
October 1, 2011, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in MIT room 56-114


Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Available Bios & Abstracts  

February 28
Islamic Military Architecture in the Near East and Egypt at the Time of the Crusades 
Benjamin Michaudel
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT
Institut Français du Proche-Orient, Syria

March 14
The Islamic Paradise Garden: Myths and Realities 
Laura E. Parodi
Post-Doctoral Fellow, AKPIA@MIT
Independent Scholar

April 11
Detranscendentalizing: [Secularism, Economy, Politics, Science]
Arindam Dutta
Associate Professor, History, Theory and Criticism, MIT

Special Event Part of the MIT 150th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday April 27
The Global Architect in the Free Trade Age 

Re-territorializing the Global: Differential Approaches to Tourism in Morocco
Aziza Chaouni
Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, 
Landscape and Design, University of Toronto
Principal, Bureau E.A.S.T
Selling Brand Dubai
Deeba Haider
Consultant/ Writer/ Architect, LA
Associate Editor at International Journal of Islamic Architecture
Same Same but Different 
The Global Trade in Architecture

Kevin Mark Low
Principal, smallprojects, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Jet Planes / Concrete Planes
Todd Reisz
Architect and Editor, Al Manakh, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Moderated by Nasser Rabbat

May 9 
Starting at 5:00 PM in room 3-133 

The Portuguese Architectural Heritage and the Islamic World: The Gulbenkian Project
Presented by Faculty from the University of Evora, Portugal:
Filipe Themudo Barata
Professor of Mediterranean and Heritage History
Fernando Branco Correia
Assistant Professor of Islamic History and Archeology
João Rocha
Assistant Professor of Architecture 

Two photo exhibits at Roth Library:
Sacred Space: 
(Re)Constructing the Place of Gender in the Space of Religion
Re-Imagining Gaza and Youth Visions of Jerusalem

Available Bios & Abstracts 

September 27
Adventures in Arabia and Beyond
Chad Oppenheim             
Oppenheim Architecture + Design, Miami, Florida

October 25
Mughal Monuments and the Politics of Memory
Saleema Waraich 
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

November 8
Reviving the Invented: The Neo-Achaemenid from Parsi Bombay to Qajar Tehran
Talinn Grigor
Assistant Professor of Fine Art, Brandeis University