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.
In 2010, Professor Oleg Grabar received the Chairman's Award of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the field of Islamic art and architecture. In Conversation with Oleg Grabar is one of the last recordings with the scholar. Here he talks with three for his former students: Renata Holod, Glenn Lowry and Mohammad al-Asad in an entertaining and insightful discussion, presented in three parts, moderated by Farrokh Derakhshani, director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture.