Mohammad al-Asad Speaking at 2017 Islamic Art Symposium

Mohammad al-Asad will be one of many speakers at the 7th Biennial Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art on Nov. 2-4 in Richmond, Virginia.

Mohammad al-Asad is an architect and architectural historian. He is the director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman (CSBE;, a private, non-profit think and do tank that he established in 1999. Al-Asad studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the history of architecture at Harvard University before taking on post-doctoral research positions at Harvard and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

Al-Asad has published extensively in both Arabic and English on the architecture of the Islamic world. His most recent book is Shaping Cities: Emerging Models of Planning Practice (2016), which he co-edited with Rahul Mehrotra. He is also the author of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East (2012), and the editor of Workplaces: The Transformation of Places of Production: Industrial Buildings in the Islamic World (2010). He is currently co-editing (with Rahul Mehrotra) Towards New Models of Planning Practice, which is scheduled to come out by the end of 2016. 

See the entire list of speakers on the Islamic Art Symposium website.

Attending the symposium? Don’t forget to use the tag #IslamicArt2017 on social.

The symposium is a collaboration between VCUarts, VCUarts Qatar and the Qatar Foundation.

Photo: Courtesy of Mohammad al-Asad.


October 11, 2017