Raised in the historic city of Isfahan, Mohammad Gharipour received
his Ph.D. in Architectural Theory and History from Georgia Institute of
Technology in 2008 and Masters of Architecture from the University of Tehran in
2000. He teaches architecture at Morgan State University and is the Director and Founding Editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. His
areas of research include Japanese traditional and contemporary architecture,
Persianate gardens and architecture, and restorative environments. He is the
recipient of Spiro Kostof fellowship award from the Society of Architectural
Historians (SAH) in 2008 and the author of several publications including Persian Gardens and Pavilions: Reflections in
Poetry, Arts and History(I.B. Tauris, 2013). in 2014, Dr. Gharipour was presented with the National Endowment for Humanities Faculty Award for his research on Synagogues of Isfahan, Iran. He is also curator of the Archnet collection on Synagogues of Isfahan.
Wharton, Alyson. "The Balyan Family and the Linguistic Culture of a Parisian Education." In International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Volume 5, Number 1 (pp. 39-71), edited by Mohammad Gharipour, Bristol: Intellect, 2016.
This article documents the Parisian education of two Armenian-Ottoman architects in Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century. Following Nigog?os and Serkis Balyan to the Collège Sainte-Barbe, the École Centrale and the École des Beaux-Arts, it traces aspects of the education they were exposed to there. The article then moves on to investigate where the impact of this education can be seen in the specific architectural works of these individuals. Showing how the architects manipulated their Parisian education to express an Ottoman renaissance, the article stresses how these Ottoman subjects were not creating imitative works but were creative actors in their own right, engaging in an original way with what they had learned, and pragmatically refashioning it for their particular setting.
Keywords: Armenian; Ottoman; Paris; Revivalism; architecture; nineteenth century