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.

Introducing the official Youtube channel for AKPIA@MIT, where you can find videos of our new talk-podcasts and our lectures and other events. Videos of our events before 2022 are in the MIT Department of Architecture channel. Starting in 2022 all events will be in both afore mentioned locations.


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 13
Against the Regime of Emptiness
Samia Henni
Cornell University
Via zoom only. 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
Vivien Sansour
Founder and Director of Palestine Heirloom Seed Library

 In person only, will not be accessible remotely. Register here.

Thursday, May 4 in room 7-429 (Long Lounge)
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

Part of the Department of Architecture Lecture Series
Will be simultaneously on YouTube. 
Register here.

May 15
The Sultan's Architect Called Home: Raimondo D'Aronco Between Turkey and Italy
Sharon Smith
AKPIA@MIT Post-Doctoral Fellow

 In person only, will not be accessible remotely. Register here.

Pictures of the AKPIA Virtual Reunions

Introducing the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Media CatalogueThe new catalogue contains links to AKTC resources, which are available to download or consult online. These resources include, films, images, educational lectures and presentations, journals, brochures, and publications, for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Aga Khan Music Programme, Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, Education Programme, Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture and Aga Khan Museum.