Professor Charles Jencks, an American architect and architectural historian, is well-known as the critic who first defined post-modernism in architecture, an event which led to its subsequent definition in many fields. A visiting professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, he is the author of many books on architecture and culture, including The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (6th ed. 1981), What is Post-Modernism? (4th ed. 1996), and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (1995). His recent work is on cosmogenic architecture and complexity theory. He lectures widely in the United States, Japan, and Europe, has made a number of television programmes on architecture, and designed important objects, including buildings, furniture, and landscape gardens. Professor Jencks served as a member of the 1995 Award Master Jury. (Source: AKAA)
Jencks, Charles. 2004. The New Paradigm in Architecture. 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)