C. Smith is the Program Head for the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT where
she is responsible for creating, developing, and leading a full array of services
and programs in support of faculty, students, and researchers of the Aga Khan
Program for Islamic Architecture and the larger community. Since 1 January
2102, Dr. Smith also serves as Co-Director of Archnet, a globally-accessible,
intellectual resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and
landscape design, visual culture, and conservation issues related to the Muslim
Dr. Smith earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Program in
History and Theory of Art and Architecture at Binghamton University. Her areas
of specialization include the history of art and architecture of the Middle
East and of Early Modern Italy. Dr. Smith sits on several boards, including
Middle East Outreach Council, and was recently named a Fellow of the Institute,
Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies. In addition, Dr.
Smith is the image editor for Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of
the Islamic World. She has lectured widely on issues of documentation,
digitization, and the dissemination of knowledge, as well as on art historical
topics primarily focused on visual and material culture in the Early Modern
See more, including her CV, on Dr. Smith's academia.edu page.
Smith, Sharon C. "Documenting Islamic Architecture: Objectives and Outcomes in a Time of War." International Journal of Islamic Architecture 10, 1 (2021): 159-170.
This intentionally provocative essay highlights the need for increased attention to the documentation of Islamic heritage in light of the disheartening loss of life, destruction of architecture, and theft of cultural objects throughout large portions of today’s Middle East. Exploring Digital Humanities’ potential, it aims to inspire scholars, architects, and other interested groups to continue the work of documenting sites, sharing information, and disseminating data with heightened urgency.