Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, and Director, International Fellows Program,
Roger Williams University, RI, since fall 1999.
Visiting Professor of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, spring 1999 and spring 2007.
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, fall
1994 – spring 2001
Graduate design studios, seminars and courses on historic architectural and urban conservation,
and HP & M.Arch thesis.
Current areas of Research
20th & 21st century architecture in Asia; on the expressions of art and architecture as a reflection of culture;
and on the architecture of the mosque.
Urban conservation and historic preservation – theory and practice – especially in Asia.
Globalization and urban development in the Islamic World.
Worked in London (1971-74) for Payette Associates of Boston and Gerald Shenstone and Partners, on medical
and educational buildings.
Co-founder and Principal in private practice, Unit 4, in Karachi, Pakistan (1974-76), designed several
public buildings, residences, and carried out housing and planning studies.
Periodic architectural practice & consultancy (ongoing)
Developed the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, was its second Convenor, (1977-80), and served on its
Steering Committee until 1989.
Head of Architectural Activities at the Secretariat of His Highness the Aga Khan in France (1984-91).
Oversight of the Aga Khan Award in Geneva, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard
and MIT, and seminars, publications.
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Zamana Gallery in London.
Director of Special Projects and Outreach at the Aga Khan Trust for Culture,
Geneva (1991-94), working on cross-cultural exchange between Muslims and others,
and on projects related to the historic built environment.
Developed and directed several conservation and urban revitalization projects in the
Northern Areas of Pakistan, Kenya & Zanzibar in East Africa, and Cairo in Egypt.
Established and ran a publishing company, Concept Media of Singapore.
Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international architectural quarterly,
Mimar: Architecture in Development (1981-92).
Elected Faculty Senator, Roger Williams University Faculty Senate (2007-08, 2010- )
Thesis Committee of the Boston Architectural College (since 2000)
Interfaith Discussion Group member, in Lexington, MA, to promote religious and cultural
understanding between American Christians, Jews and Muslims (2001-05)
Forum 21: member of an international group on issues of globalization, peace and development
in the 21st century. Annual meetings in France (2000-03)
Advisory Committee member to several bodies, including
the Cambridge World History of Religious rchitecture, (since 2008),
and the Getty Grant Program (1988-93)
International Architectural Juries (selected)
Alteba & Opera squares redesign, Ministry of Culture,
Egypt, Nov 2010 & March 2011
The Berkeley Prize (2008)
The Rome Prize, Fine Arts, American Academy in Rome (1997)
Two international architectural competitions for the
Dubai Municipality (1995)
Habib Fida Ali: Architect of Pakistan, (Karachi, 2010)
Le Corbusier, Chandigarh, and the Modern City
co-editor and author, (Ahmedabad: 2010)
The Middle East: 1900-2000, vol. 5 of World
Architecture: A Critical Mosaic (New York: 2001)
International Style 1925-1965, - several different
language editions, (Cologne: 1998, paperback 2002)
The Mosque and the Modern World, co-author with R.
Holod (London and New York: 1997)
Modernities & Memories: Recent Works from the Islamic
World, editor and author (New York: 1997)
Contemporary Asian Architects (Cologne: 1995)
The Mosque, co-editor and author of one of the essays
(London: 1994, paperback 2002)
Charles Correa (Singapore: 1987)
“Identity, Globalization and the Contemporary Islamic City”
in The City in the Islamic World, eds. Holod
and Jayussi (Amsterdam, 2009), pp. 1035-1062
“Life, the Universe and Everything: Stewardship,
Change and the Built Environment”, Pace or Speed,
Proceedings of the fourth International Seminar on
Vernacular Settlement (Ahmedabad, 2008), pp. i-xii
“Mosque: Architectural Aspects”, Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd edition) ed.
Lindsay Jones (New York: 2005), pp. 6207-6210
“Reflections in a Cracked Mirror: The Glocal Architecture of Cities in Asia”,
New Global History and the City, ed. Elliott Morss (Newton, MA, 2004), pp.181-204
“The Impact of Modern Architecture on the Islamic
World”, Back from Utopia: The Challenge of the
Modern Movement (Rotterdam: 2002), pp. 174-189
“Legacy of Hassan Fathy”, Aramco World, (Houston,
TX: July/August 1999), pp. 56-57, 63
“Crossing Boundaries: Expressions of Identity in Architecture”,
Thresholds 13, (Cambridge, MA: November 1996), pp. 7-13
“Expressing an Islamic Identity – Mosques Built in Western Societies”,
Building for Tomorrow, ed. A Nanji (London: 1995), pp. 64-73
“Issues in the Architecture of Contemporary Muslim Societies”,
Artistic Exchange, ed. T. Gaehtgens,(Berlin: 1993), pp. 453-462
“The Architecture of the Individual House” with Charles Moore,
The Architecture of Housing, ed. R Powell, (Geneva: 1990), pp. 166-183.
“Mobile Shelter in Pakistan”, in Shelter, Sign & Symbol,
ed. Paul Oliver, London: 1975), pp. 183-196
And over 45 other essays/articles in books and journals
Lectures/Symposia since 1995 (selected):
“Architectural conservation as a tool for cultural continuity:
A focus on the religious built environment of Islam”,
First International Conference for Urban Heritage in Islamic Countries, 23-28 May, 2010, Riyadh
“At the cutting edge: Contemporary architecture in Asia”,
New York Institute of Technology, 4 March 2010
“Architectural Agendas of Islam in the 20th Century”,
Brown University, RI, 9 April 2009
“The Mosque: Reflection of Identity and Pluralism in Islam” Milad an-Nabi keynote
address to the Muslim community of Edmonton, Canada, April, 2008
“Editorial Practices: Mimar” in “The Politics of Images: Practices and Approaches to Art in the
Middle East and North Africa” Vienna, Documenta 12 Magazines, November 2006.
“South Asian Cities: Identity and Political Will”, seminar “Modernist City and Globalization”,
Center for Cities and Globalization, Yale University, 2003.
Three one-hour televised talks on the architecture of Charles M. Correa at the Tec de Monterrey, Mexico,
February 2001. (Broadcast in Latin America in February and March 2001.)
“On the architecture of the Middle-East, International Union of Architects Congresses, Beijing: 1999.
Co-curator of an exhibition, “Modernities & Memories”,
Artists from the Islamic world, Venice Art Biennale, June, 1997.
“Architecture of Islam: Responsibility and the Natural Environment”,
plenary session at the symposium “Islam and Ecology”, Harvard University
Center for the Study of World Religions, May 1998.
“The Architecture-Landscape Pact”: Pedagogical Initiatives, MIT, October 1997.
"Mosques and Islamic Centers in North America", MIT, November 1995.
Fulbright-Hays Grant – Egypt project, co-PI, with M. Macphee, at RWU (2010)
Association Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) in recognition of service to the profession (2001).
Graham Foundation Grant, to develop how landscape design can be integrated into the teaching of
architecture at MIT (November 1996).
House additions, Lexington, MA, 2005-08
Private Resort, US Virgin Islands, 2003-06
Baltit fort restoration and Karimabad historic area conservation plan, N. Areas, Pakistan, 1986-93.
PIA Squash Complex, Karachi, 1976.
Lyari Improvement Program (with Esesjay), 1976
Five Houses, Karachi, 1974 -76
Gilgit Town Strategy Plan (with R. Ali), 1974-75
Born 1947, Hyderabad, India.
Nationalities: British, Pakistani; US Permanent Resident.
Languages: English, Urdu, some French and Indonesian.
Architects Institute of Pakistan (AIP)
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA)
Architectural Association, London, UK,
AA Dip. 1972.