Based 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.
The 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.
The Aga Khan Documentation Center in the MIT Libaries (AKDC@MIT) is affiliated with AKPIA, and supports the program through collections acquisition and management, and research assistance.
On Sustaining Beauty - Local Solutions for Global Challenges
The Aga Khan Public Lecture. (Presented by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University.)
This video documents a presentation by Anna Heringer who spent one year in Bangladesh learning about development, and since then, has been involved in development work. She realized the "Handmade-School" in partnership with Eike Roswag and together with a team of craftsmen from Bangladesh and Europe in 2005/06. She continued her work in Bangladesh by implementing her ideas of sustainable architecture in rural housing projects. An important focus of her work is the training of young architects in various lectures and hands-on workshops.