January 2018


Nasser Rabbat and Nader Tehrani, moderated by John Ochsendorf - Fluidity

  • Thursday, 11 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Villa Aurelia

In this conversation, noted scholar of architecture, Nasser Rabbat, and cutting-edge designer, Nader Tehrani, will discuss “fluidity” as a paradigm for understanding the built environment of the Mediterranean world.  Moderated by American Academy in Rome Director, John Ochsendorf, the conversation will highlight concepts of fluidity in Rabbat’s groundbreaking scholarship on Syrian architectural heritage and in the innovations of Tehrani’s designs.

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT and the 2018 Louis Khan Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. Nader Tehrani is Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at The Cooper Union, a principal of NADAAA, and the 2018 Resident in Design at the American Academy in Rome.

This event is part of the series New Work in the Arts & Humanities: East and West.

L’evento è parte della serie Nuove ricerche sulle arti e sulle discipline umanistiche: oriente e occidente.

The event will be held in English.

L’evento si terrà in lingua inglese.

You can watch this event livestreamed at

Sarà possibile seguirlo in diretta streaming

Please note: valid photo ID is required for entry into the American Academy in Rome. Backpacks and luggage with dimensions larger than cm 40 x 35 x 15 (inches 16 x 14 x 6) are not permitted on the property. There are no locker facilities available.

I visitatori dell'American Academy in Rome sono pregati di mostrare un documento d'identità all'ingresso.  Non è possibile accedere con bagagli o zaini di dimensioni superiori a cm 40 x 35 x 15. Non sono disponibili armadietti né guardaroba.


The Alexandria Quartet

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2018 - 6:30pm
Museum of Arts & Design
New York City

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle 
New York, NY 

Please join us in New York City as André Aciman, Craig Dykers, Elaine Molinar, and Joseph Viscomi discuss their shared connections to the city of Alexandria, Egypt. In his memoir Out of Egypt (1995), André Aciman described the now lost Alexandria of his youth. Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar’s architecture firm, Snøhetta, designed the Bibliotheca Alexandria in 2002, and the building was movingly defended by citizens of Alexandria during the upheavals of early 2011. And Joseph Viscomi’s first manuscript, tentatively entitled “Out of Time: History, Presence, and the Departure of the Italians of Egypt, 1933-present,” details how the Italians of Egypt–a population that numbered around 55,000 on the eve of WWII–anticipated, experienced and remembered their departures from Egypt.

Distinguished Professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2015 Resident)

Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Resident)

Partner, Snøhetta (2015 Visiting Artist)

Faculty Fellow, Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, New York University (2015 Fellow) 

This event is free to the public, however RSVPs are required:


For additional information, please contact Shawn Miller at: or 212-751-7200 x344.