Mohammad al-Asad is a Jordanian architect and architectural historian. He is the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment in Amman. Dr. al-Asad studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and history of architecture at Harvard University, before taking post-doctoral research positions at Harvard and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
He has taught at the University of Jordan, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was Alan K. and Leonarda Laing Distinguished Visiting Professor. He was also an adjunct professor at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Dr. al-Asad has been a member of the board of directors of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, part of the Royal Society for Fine Arts. He served as a project reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the 1989, 1995, 1998, 2004 and 2007 Award cycles, and was a member of the Steering Committee in 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts, part 1 of 5 (low resolution)
This video is part one of five that document the symposium, "Middle Ground / Middle East: Religious Sites in Urban Contexts," held at the Yale School of Architecture over January 21 and 22, 2011. Its running time is 3:52:22. A high-resolution version of the same video file is also available.
Part one, the afternoon session of January 21, 2011, features:
Time and Identity
Introduction, Karla Britton, Yale University
The Fundamentalist City: Medieval Modernity, Nezar AlSayyad, University of California, Berkeley
Religious Sites and Heritage Construction, Howayda Al-Harithy, American University of Beirut
Response, Kishwar Rizvi, Yale University
An Interpretation to Historic Cairo, Fathi Saleh, Library of Alexandria
Retreating into the Background: Mosque Architecture in the Early 21st Century, Mohammad al-Asad, Center for the Study of the Built Environment