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.


AKPIA@MIT 2022-2023 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM, AND CONSERVATION
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AKPIA@MIT 2022-2023 STUDENT TRAVEL GRANT AWARDS
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SPRING 2022 LECTURES & EVENTS

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
Bio/Abstract  
VIDEO

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
Bio/Abstract

CONFERENCE


Saturday, April 30 in room 56-154.
The Profession’s Foundations: Architects and Architecture in the Modern Middle East
MANDATORY REGISTRATION HERE
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.

LOOK THOUGH OUR LECTURE HISTORY AND RECORDINGS
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.