at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Aga
Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) is dedicated to the study of
Islamic art and architecture, urbanism, landscape design, and conservation -
and the application of that knowledge to contemporary design projects.
goals of the Program are to improve the teaching of Islamic art and
architecture - to promote excellence in advanced research - to enhance the
understanding of Islamic architecture, urbanism, and visual culture in light of
contemporary theoretical, historical, critical, and developmental issues - and
to increase the visibility of Islamic cultural heritage in the modern Muslim
world. Established in 1979, AKPIA is supported by an endowment from His
Highness the Aga Khan. AKPIA's faculty, students, and alumni have played a
substantial role in advancing the practice, analysis, and understanding of
Islamic architecture as a discipline and cultural force.