Studies In Architecture, History and Culture

This AKPIA@MIT project aims to highlight the work of the program’s associates and make it available to our wider community on the web. The papers reflect research done while at AKPIA@MIT and anticipate larger and fuller publications later on.

Hanaa M. Adly

Helwan University

MIT residence 10/07 - 12/07
Samer Akkach

University of Adelaide, Australia

MIT residence 09/02 - 11/02
Vlad Atanasiu
Ecole Practique des Hautes Etudes Paris, France
MIT residence
10/03 - 7/04
Vlad Atanasiu holds a M.A. in Arabic lexicography and Middle Eastern Studies, practiced calligraphy in Istanbul and Damascus, wrote a book on statistical fundamentals of calligraphy, traveled in Iran for research on manuscripts, was granted a Ph.D. in Paleography and Islamic Art history, took cognitive sciences and Japanese language classes while an Aga Khan Post-Doc at MIT and now writes image processing software for the expertise of paper documents.
Jigar Bhatt
MIT MCP 2006
AKPIA Travel Grant 2005
Jigar Bhatt has a background in political economy and urban development. He received is Bachelors in Economics from Northeastern University and Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His professional work is focused on the role of the state in poverty alleviation and economic development. He currently evaluates economic development projects in Lusophone Africa. Previously, he has consulted for the World Food Program and WaterAid and evaluated poverty alleviation programs in the United States. Mr. Bhatt was born and raised in New Jersey. His family is originally from the state of Gujarat, India."
Stefan Heidemann
Friederich Schiller Universität
Jena, Germany
MIT residence
09/07 - 02/08
Stefan Heidemann studied Islamic history, law, art, and economics in Regensburg, Berlin, Damascus, and Cairo from 1982 to 1993, receiving his PhD in 1993 from the Free University Berlin. Being appointed as assistant professor at Jena University, Germany, in the following year, he completed his habilitation in 2001 on the renaissance of the cities in the 11th and 12th centuries. After two years of teaching as visiting professor at Leipzig University, he returned to Jena as Hochschuldozent (associate professor) in 2004. Working in different fields, material culture, numismatics, and archeology always play a major role in his studies. He works with archeological missions in Syria, Portugal, Turkey, Iraq and Mongolia.
Hussein Keshani
University of Victoria, Canada
MIT residence
01/04 - 04/04
Hussein Keshani received his PhD in 2003 from the University of Victoria in Canada. His primary area of specialization is the history of Islamic visual culture in South Asia and its social context. He has published on Qur’anic epigraphy in the Delhi Sultanate and Twelver Shi’a ritual centers in Awadh, North India. His current research examines how gender relations can be used as a way to understand architectural development in Awadh.
Setrag Manoukian
Università di Milano-Bicocca

MIT residence
01/04 - 03/04

Setrag Manoukian is assistant professor of anthropology and Iranian studies at McGill University. He received his PhD in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan (2001) and taught at Università di Firenze and Università di Milano-Bicocca. He is currently writing a book on the social construction of knowledge in contemporary Shiraz.
Marcus Millwright
University of Victoria
MIT residence
04/06 - 05/06
Giulia Annalinda Neglia
Politecnico di Bari, Italy
MIT residence
9/04 - 11/04
Cristina Pallini
Milan Polytechnic, Italy

MIT residence
10/03 - 07/04

Cristina Pallini is a research fellow at the School of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano, where she teaches a final-year design studio. She holds a BA degree in Architecture from the School of Architecture, Politecnico di Milano (1990) and a PhD in Architectural Composition from the University of Venice (2001). Dr. Pallini is a practicing architect in Milano. Her research on city reconstruction and modernization projects in the Eastern Mediterranean was supported by scholarships from the Italian Research Council, the Greek Scholarship Foundation, the Greek Ministry of Education, the Aga Khan Program at MIT, and the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
Luis Jose Garcia Pulido
Spanish Research Group HUM-104, Granada MIT residence 11/11- 02/12 Bioclimatic Devices of Nasrid Domestic Buildings
Martina Rugiadi

Sapienza Università di Roma

MIT residence 09/09 - 11/09
Nadeem Omar Tarar

National College of Art, Lahore

MIT residence 12/07 - 05/08

Framing of a NationalTradition: Modern
Masters and National
Art History in Pakistan
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