Lecture at U.Va. School of Architecture to Focus on Architectural Projects in Lebanon

April 6, 2011 — Harvard University architecture professor Hashim Sarkis will lecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on April 27 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 158.

"Working Grounds: Recurring Themes in Recent Works in Lebanon and Beirut" will explore Sarkis' recent architectural projects, including a housing complex for the fishermen of Tyre, a park in downtown Beirut, two schools in the North Lebanon region and several urban and landscape projects.

Established in Cambridge, Mass., and Beirut, Lebanon, in 1998, Hashim Sarkis Studios Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design has been engaged in design projects of various scales ranging from master planning of urban areas to landscape design, to institutional, residential and furnishing designs. Projects also range in location from the United States to the Middle East and from rural to urban contexts, and address a range of issues from development to environment. The practice focuses on synthesizing between different scales and aspects of design.

The work has received several awards and has been published in various books and journals, including "The Phaidon 21st Century Atlas of Contemporary Architecture," Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Record, The Architect, Architectural Design and Harvard Design Magazine.

Sarkis earned bachelor's degrees in architecture and in fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, his master's of architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1989, and his Ph.D. in architecture from Harvard University in 1995. Since 1995, Sarkis has been on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, where he teaches design studios and courses in the history and theory of architecture. In 2002, he was appointed the first Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at the Graduate School of Design. Sarkis also directs the Aga Khan Program there.

He is the author of several books and articles, including "Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis" (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003), co-editor with Eric Mumford of "Josep Lluis Sert: The Architect of Urban Design" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), editor of "CASE: Le Corbusier's Venice Hospital" (Munich: Prestel, 2001), co-editor with Peter G. Rowe of "Projecting Beirut" (Munich: Prestel, 1998), and executive editor of the CASE publication series (GSD/Prestel). Sarkis has served on several international juries and has lectured extensively throughout the world.

The lecture is sponsored and organized by the Department of Middle East and South Asian Languages and Cultures in the College of Arts & Sciences.

— By Jane Ford

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Ellen Cathey

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