Current 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 

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.