Philip Jodidio was educated at Harvard University. He was the Editor in Chief of the leading French art monthly Connaissance des Arts from 1979 to 2002. He has written widely in magazines, and is the author of more than twenty-five books on contemporary architecture, including the Architecture Now series published by Taschen in six languages and distributed in seventy countries. His most recent book is a 500-page monograph on the Japanese architect Tadao Ando (Cologne 2004).
Jodidio, Philip. 2004. Architecture Now! In Iran: Architecture for Changing Societies. Philip Jodidio (ed). Torino: Umberto Allemandi & C.
This publication is a result of an International Seminar held in Tehran and Yazd, Iran, between 11-17 October 2002, sponsored by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture had been considering for some time the organisation of a meeting in Iran that would provide the opportunity of engaging in meaningful dialogue between national architects, teachers, and students in the fields of historic preservation and contemporary design, and their counterparts from other countries." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)
"The meetings in Iran marked the first time that an Award seminar has been split into two different but complementary subjects: historic preservation and contemporary architecture and planning. This dual structure closely reflects the realities that most Muslim societies face today. On one hand, there is an urgent need to protect and revitalise historic urban heritage and the contexts in which it is located; on the other, there is a massive need for new construction, including housing, industrial and corporate structures, public facilities, and planning and infrastructure initiatives." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)