He is professor and Msheireb Property Chair at Qatar University, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies..Former Aga Khan Professor of Architecture for Islamic Societies at MIT and acting director of the Aga Khan Program at MIT and Harvard University 1994 – 1998. Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, he served both as dean and director of the department.
He has provided professional advice in the field of Islamic heritage and development in most of the Arab countries, among them: Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestina, Syria, Saudi Arabia.
As a result of his long lasting and passionate interest in both architectural design and history of Islamic architecture, he has written and edited 32 books and more than 200 articles on these topics. Among the books:
Dar al Islam. La architettura del territorio nei paesi islamici, Roma, Carucci, 1985; Il giardino islamico. Architettura, natura, Paesaggio, Milan, Electa, 1994; Understanding Islamic Architecture, London, Routledge, 2002, with Khalil Pirani; Bukhara. The Eastern Dome of Islam, Stuttgart,2004, with Anette Gangler and Heinz Gaube; After Amnesia. Learning from the Islamic Mediterranean Urban Fabric, Bari, 2007
Stephen J. Ramos
Stephen J. Ramos is an Assistant Professor in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia. Current research projects include “Planning for Competitive Port Expansion On the U.S. Eastern Seaboard: The Case Of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project” and “Territory and Infrastructure in the Trucial States.” He is author of Dubai Amplified: The Engineering of a Port Geography (Ashgate 2010), and co-editor of Infrastructure Sustainability and Design (Routledge 2012). He is a founding editor of the journal New Geographies, and editor-in-chief of New Geographies Volume 1: After Zero (GSD/Harvard University Press 2009). His writing has appeared in the Journal of Transport Geography, Harvard Design Magazine, Burnaway, and Volume. He has received research support from the Georgia Sea Grant, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts. His professional practice includes work with the Fundación Metrópoli in Madrid, the International Society of City and Regional Planners in The Hague, and NGO work throughout Latin America. He received a Doctor of Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2009.