2001 and after 2000

Events Posters


Fall 2000

September 25
New Mosques in Germany: Design, Identity, and Minority Status
Sabine Kraft
Architect Ludwig Althaus Firm
Philipps-Universitaet Marburg

October 17
Cultural Identities and Representation: Colonial Architecture in India Mikikumar Desai
School of Architecture, Centre for Environment Planning and Technology (CEPT)

Novenber 13
United We Fall: Disjunction and Difference In Medieval Islamic Art
Yasser Tabbaa
Ann Arbor, Michigan

November 20
A Critique of the Mosque Institution in Malaysia
Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi
Dept of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment University of Technology, Malaysia

December 4
Landscape and Ideology: Looking for Medieval Jerba
Renata Holod
History of Art, University of Pennsylvania


Spring 2000

March 13
Contemporary Architecture in the Islamic World
Raj Rewal
Architect, New Delhi, India

March 27
Applying Landscape Theory to the Arab Mediterranean World
Attilio Petruccioli
Former AKPIA Director and Associate Professor of Design
School of Architecture Politechnico di Bari

April 3
Strengthening Local Government and Decentralizing Development: Evaluation of the Palestine Rural Development Program
Farokh Afshar
Associate Professor at the School of Rural Planning and Development, University of Guelph

Contemporary Libyan Architecture: Possibilities vs. Realities
Intisar Azzuz
Independent Scholar

May 1
Validation and Change: The Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Suha Ozkan
Secretary General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture


Fall 1999 (back to top)

October 18
Seeing Others, Seeing Ourselves
Caroline Williams
College of William and Mary

November 1
David Roberts and Francis Frith:
Artist and Photographer in 19th Century Egypt

Irvin Schick
Harvard University

November 22
Barbarians in Arab Eye: Self, Place, and the Discourse of Alterity
Aziz el-Azmeh
Columbia University


Spring 1999

February 8
Domestic and Religious Architecture in Cairo: Mutual Influences
Bernard O’Kane
The American University in Cairo
Director, the Monumental Epigraphy Project (MEP) in Cairo

February 22
Between Convivencia and Cultural Genocide
Jerrilynn Dodds
School of Architecture, City College CUNY

March 13
Picturing Thermal Comfort in Vernacular Architecture
Murray Milne
Professor Emeritus, Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA

April 26
Time and Order in Isfahan:
Urban Reform Under the Safavid Ruler Shah Abbas I (1587-1629)

Nuha Khoury
Department of History of Art and Architecuture and Islamic and Near Eastern Studies Program, UCSB


Fall 1998 (back to top)

October 5
Roundtable Discussion:
From the Personal to the Public: An Individual Experience in
Restoring Traditional Buildings

Sheikha Hussah al-Sabah,
Director, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya, Kuwait
With David Friedman, Attilio Petruccioli, Nasser Rabbat

October 14
The Status of Iranian Architecture in the 20th Century
Seyed Aliakbar Saremi

November 4
The Rehabilitation of the Old City of Ghadames:
A Comprehensive Action Plan

Samir Abdulac
Architect and UNESCO Consultant

November 23
Architecture and the Public Realm: Lessons in the Ethical Dimension from the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Azim Nanji
Dean, Institute for Isma'ili Studies, London

November 30
A Short Overview of Modern Bosnian Architecture: Building the Idea of the Particular in the Universal
Adnan Pasic
Visiting Scholar, Sarajevo

December 7
Value Systems in Architecture:
The Case of the Aga Khan Architectural Awards

Mustafa Pultar
Visiting Scholar, Turkey


Spring 1998

February 25
The Sacred is Not the Divine: Human Nature and Spritual Traditions
Loyal Rue
Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions

February 27
Sacred Sources of Indian Traditions
Edwin Bryant
Harvard University

March 4
Lahore, A City Within
Samina Qureshi
Sheppard and Qureshi Associates

March 9
Roundtable: Preserving the Urban Moroccan Heritage
Said Mouline
Architect & Historical Preservationist, Ministry of Housing, Rabat, Morocco

March 11
The Divine in Mughal Paintings
Rochelle Kessler
Sackler Museum, Harvard University

March 12
2,500 Years After Homer: A Living Oral Tradition from the Arab World
Dwight Reynolds

March 18
Sacred Landscapes of India
Jan Pieper
Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany

March 20
Ritual Spaces of Sufi Shrines

Omar Khalidi

April 1
Architecture and Ritual Movement at the Safavid Court of Isfahan
Mahvash Alemi
University of Pescara, Italy

April 3
Muharram Rites in Trinidad

Frank Korom
Museum of New Mexico

April 8
Architecture and Function of the Great Imambara of Lucknow
Peter Chelkowski
New York University

April 13
Problem of Representation in the Art of the Alhambra
Valerie Gonzalez
Ecole d'Architecture de Marseille-Luminy

April 15
Images of the Divine: The Tombs of Saints and the Mausolea of Kings
Catherine Asher
University of Minnesota

April 20
A Practical Method of Teaching Geometry to the Architect - Artisan in the Medieval Islamic City

Alpay Özdural
Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cypress

April 22
On the Intangibles of Islamic Architecture
Gulzar Haider
Carleton University

April 28
Preservation of Urban and Architectural Heritage: A Societal Problem
Francoise Choay
Universite la Sorbonne

April 29
Shi'i Symbolism in History and Art
Noman ul-Haq
Rutgers University

April 29
Roundtable Discussion:

Urban Preservation and Historic Value
Francoise Choay, Stanford Anderson, John de Monchaux, David Friedman, Attilio Petruccioli, William Porter, Nasser Rabbat

May 2
Roundtable Discussion:

The Sacred in Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism
Rupinder Singh (Corbu's Chandigarh)
Kazi Khaleed Ashraf (In the Works of Correa and Doshi)
Shakeel Hossain ("Rubanism" - The New Ethnic Urban)

May 6
Contemporary Mosques: Identity and Symbols
Hasan Uddin-Khan


Fall 1997(back to top)

September 24
Kumbakonam: A Sacred and Royal City of South India
Vivek Nanda
University of Cambridge

October 23
Detachment and Fixity:
The Question of Identity in Arab/Islamic Architecture

Samer Akkach
University of Adelaide, Australia

October 27
Provincial Architecture in Islamic Egypt
Doris Abouseif
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

October 29
From Mohenjadaro to Shujabad: The Grand Tradition of Urban Planning in Pakistan
Abdul Rehman
School of Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan

October 30
Thoughts on a Late Medieval Design Scroll from Iran: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture (sponsored by HTC)
Gulru Necipoglu
Harvard Aga Khan Professor

November 5
History and Restoration: Reflections on the Negotiation of Neglect
Sawkat Toorawa
Department of Humanities, University of Mauritius

December 3
Mario Ridolfi's Manifesto on Construction
Claudio Damato     

December 12
Roundtable Discussion:
Sustainable Heritage: A Round Table on Culture, Preservation and Development: The Dead Cities of the Limestone Massif (Syria)
Attilio Petruccioli, Reinhard Goethert, Stanford Anderson, David Friedman, Dennis Frenchman, Nasser Rabbat, Renata Holod (University of Pennsylvania), Thomas Leisten (Princeton University), Linda Schilcher (University of Arkansas), Frank McGuire (Frank McGuire AIA, Boston)


Spring 1997

February 19
Understanding Earthen Architecture: An Introduction to Technology and Typology Between Tradition and Innovation
Mauro Bertagnin
University of Udine

February 26
Cities on the Zaravshan River (Central Asia):   An Outline of Urban Development Before and During the First Centuries of Islam
Aleksandr Naymark
Indiana University

March 19
The Conservation of Medieval Islamic Structures at Isfahan (Iran)
Eugenio Galdieri
University of Rome

April 4
A Settlement History of the Murghab Delta in Turkmen Islam
Maurizio Tosi
University of Bologna

April 30
Women in Architecture: Patronage and Place in Pre-Modern Iran
Renata Holod
University of Pennsylvania

April 14
Architecture and Imperial Ideology in the Illustrated History of Shahjahan
Ebba Koch
University of Vienna

The Beliefs, Rituals, Art and Architecture of Shi'a Islam in India
Shakeel Hussain
Visiting Scholar

Mostar 2004
Amir Pasic
Visiting Scholar


Fall 1996 (back to top)

December  2
The Traditional Arab City and Problems of its Preservation
Andre Raymond
University of Aix-en-Provence

Tangiers: A Cosmopolitan City
Susan Miller
Harvard University

The Urban Development of Ottoman Istanbul
Maurice Cerasi
University of Genoa

Urban Triumph or Urban Disaster?
Dilemmas of Contemporary Post-War Reconstruction

Organized by Jon Calame and Esther Charlesworth

Roundtable Discussion:

From Antiquity to Islam in the Cities of al-Andalus and al-Mashriq
Organized by Nasser Rabbat and Attilio Petruccioli

Bukhara: The Myth and the Architecture
Organized by Attilio Petruccioli


Spring 1996

Rethinking the XIXth Century Town:
The Morphogenesis of the Urban Fabric

Organized by Attilio Petruccioli
With: Jeremy Whitehand and Karl Kropf, the University of Birmingham, UK; Hidenobu Jinnai, Hosei University, Japan; Pierre Pinon, Ecole d'Architecture Paris-La Defense; Jean Castex, Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles; Guiseppe Strappa, University of Bari, Italy; Sylvain Malfroy, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne; Anne Vernez-Moudon, University of Washington, Seattle; Erick Valle, University of Miami; Michael Conzen, University of Chicago; Brenda Scheer, University of Miami, Cincinnati; and Julian Beinart, Stanford Anderson, Roy Strickland, Aga Khan Professor Attilio Petruccioli, and John Habraken of MIT.


Fall 1995 (back to top)

Roundtable discussion:
From Classic to Arab Cities:
Urbanism in the Levant During the Medieval Period

Organized by Nasser Rabbat and Attilio Petruccioli
With: Irene Bierman UCLA, Renata Holod UPenn, Thomas Leisten Princeton, Scott Redford Georgetown and MIT Professors Stanford Anderson, Nassar Rabbat & Attilio Petruccioli.

Expressions of Identity:
The Architecture of Islamic Centers in North America

Organized Hasan-Uddin Khan
With: Jerrilyn Dodds NYU, Renata Holod UPenn, Syed Gulzar Haider Carleton University, Akel Kahera Princeton, Latif Abdul Malik Princeton. From MIT: Sibel Bozdogan, Nassar Rabbat,Attilio Petruccioli, Omar Khalidi, Khalil Pirani, and Hasan-Uddin Khan. Architects:   Mokhless Al-Hariri, Michael Keselica, Javed Sultan, Richard Shepard, Anwar Hossain, Ilhan Zeybekoglu, Javid Malek.


Spring 1995


Typological Process and Design Theory
Organized by Attilio Petruccioli

With:Serge Santelli; Giuseppe Strappa, the University of Bari, Italy; Karl Kropf, University of Birmingham; Anne Vernez Moudon, University of Washington; Maurice Cerasi; Francesco Giovanetti, Municipality of Rome; and Giancarlo Cataldi, University of Florence. Professor Petruccioli presented at both conferences.

Roundtable discussion:
The Preservation and Developments of the Moroccan Medina:
The Case of Essaouira

Sponsored by the AKP and the Moroccan Studies Program at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

Lecture Series:
Casbah and Medina: Islamic Towns of the Mediterranean
Amir Pasic
Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, Istanbul
Susan Miller
Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University
Serge Santelli
School of Architecture at Paris-Belleville
André Raymond
University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence
Maurice Cerasi
University of Genoa

Other Lectures

Beliefs, Rituals, Art, and Architecture of Popular Islam: Muharram in India Shakeel Hossain
AKP Visiting Scholar

Mohamed Fawzi Zniber
Moroccan architect

Latifa Chouider
Algerian architect

Enrico Genovesi
University of Rome


Fall 1994 (back to top)

From Place to Type:
Theory and Design of Gardens during the
Time of Great Muslim Empires

Organized by Attilio Petruccioli
Proceedings in January 1997 as a special issue of Muqarnas
With: Jim Wescoat, University of Colorado; Mirka Benes, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Robert D. McChesney, New York University; Maria Eva Subtelny, University of Toronto; John Dixon Hunt, University of Pennsylvania; Mahvash Alemi; Ebba Koch, University of Vienna; D. Fairchild Ruggles and Claudia Lazzaro, Cornell University; and Aga Khan Professor Gülru Necipoglu, Harvard University.


Jan Pieper
Technische Hochschule, Aachen, Germany

Mahvash Alemi
University of Rome

Ivor Samuels
Joint Centre for Urban Design at Oxford Brooke University

Abdullah Hanna
Damascus and Aleppo Universities

Heinz Gaube
Orientalisches Seminar der Universität Tübingen, Germany


Spring 1994

Rethinking Modernity and National Identity in Turkey
Organized by Sibel Bozdogan
Book from the University of Washington Press, 1997


Spring 1990

Informal Colloquium on the Relationship of Islamic Thought and Cultural Expression
With: Janet Abu Lughoi, Carl Brown, Muhsin Mahdi, Annemarie Schimmel, Bassam Tibi, Oleg Grabar, Ronald Lewcock, Nader Ardalan, Oleg Grabar, Gulru Necipoglu, Luo Xiaowdi