Darab Diba is an Iranian architect, trained at the University of Geneva and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Liège. Professor Diba teaches theory and history of architecture and conducts design studios at Tehran University's Faculty of Fine Arts, and is chairman of the art, architecture, and urban planning department at the Islamic Azad University of Iran. Since 1985, he has been a member of the Iranian Ministry of Higher Education’s central committee for academic architectural programmes; he has also served as a consultant to the Iranian Ministry of Housing. As an architect in private practice, Professor Diba has built many projects throughout Iran. Widely published, his written works include La Maison d’Ispahan (2000), Contemporary Architecture and Engineering in Iran (1999), Principles of Architectural Design (1985, second edition 1990), and Art et Nature (1974). He is also an artist, and has organised a number of exhibitions of his sketches, drawings, and paintings both in Iran and abroad. Professor Diba served as a Technical Reviewer during the 1986, 1989, and 1992 cycles of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.
Abdou Filali-Ansary is a Moroccan social scientist, and is director of the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences in Casablanca. Mr. Filali-Ansary obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Dijon, on the topic of “The Notion of Intuition in the Philosophy of Spinoza and Bergson”. He taught philosophy at the University of Rabat, and was then secretary general of the University of Mohamed V in Rabat. Since 1994, he has been the editor of Prologues, a scholarly journal devoted to literature throughout the Maghreb. Mr. Filali-Ansary has published numerous articles on contemporary Islamic thought, including the recent essays “The Challenge of Secularisation” (The Journal of Democracy, Washington D.C., 1996) and “Islam and Secularisation” (Revista de Occident, Madrid, 1997). His monograph entitled Is Islam Hostile to Secularism? was published by Editions Le Fennec in 1996, and he translated and contributed the foreword to Ali Abderraziq’s Islam and the Foundations of Political Power (Editions La Découverte, 1994).
Dogan Hasol is a Turkish architect, writer, and publisher, trained in architecture at Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Hasol participated in the founding years of the architectural journal Mimarlik ve Sanat, and was later editor-in-chief of Mimarlik, the monthly journal of the Turkish Chamber of Architects. He served as the secretary general of the Istanbul branch of the Turkish Chamber of Architects from 1965 to 1966. Dr. Hasol founded Yapi-Endüstri Merkezi (Turkish Building Centre) in 1968 with a group of colleagues, and publishes the monthly architectural review Yapi. He is an honorary member of the International Union of Building Centres (UICB), of which he served as president from 1989 to 1995. Dr. Hasol is also in private architectural practice in Istanbul. He has written extensively on architecture, including a trilingual dictionary of architecture and building in English, French, and Turkish, and an encyclopaedia of architecture. Dr. Hasol was made doctor honoris causa by Istanbul Technical University in 1998, and by Yildiz Technical University in 1999, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the profession of architecture.
Mona Hatoum is an artist born into a Palestinian family in Beirut and, since 1975, has lived and worked in London, where she studied at Byam Shaw School of Art from 1975 to 1979, and at Slade School of Art from 1979 to 1981. She has held artist’s residencies in Britain, Canada, and the United States, and has taught in London, Maastricht, Paris, and Cardiff, where she was Senior Fellow at the Cardiff Institute of Higher Education from 1989 to 1992. Hatoum’s work comprises video, performance, sculpture, and installations creating architectonic spaces which relate to the human body and deal with such themes as violence, oppression, and the condition of exile. Her work has been exhibited widely in Europe, the United States, and Canada. In 1997, a major survey of her work was organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and toured to the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Museum of Modern Art (Oxford), and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Edinburgh, 1998). Other solo exhibitions include the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) in 1974, and Castello di Rivoli (Turin) in 1999. Hatoum was short-listed for the prestigious Turner Prize in 1995, and her solo exhibition The Entire World as a Foreign Land was the inaugural exhibition for the launch of Tate Britain (London) in 2000.
Zahi Hawass is an Egyptian archaeologist, director general of the Giza Pyramids and Saqqara. Awarded a Fulbright fellowship, he received his Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. On the Giza plateau, Dr. Hawass discovered and excavated the tombs of workmen who built the great pyramid of Cheops, and is now excavating a newly discovered pyramid on the Giza plateau which reveals, for the first time, evidence of the construction techniques of the Great Pyramids; the excavations have also revealed a pair of previously unknown statues of Rameses II. Dr. Hawass directed the conservation project of the Sphinx, completed in 2000, and is currently working on new approaches towards tourism and archaeology. He is a leading international spokesman on archaeology and Egyptology, and appears frequently on television programmes on these subjects. He is the author of several monographs on the Pyramids, on female royalty in ancient Egypt, and on Egyptology. Dr. Hawass is a professor of archaeology at Cairo University and at the University of California at Los Angeles, and frequently lectures at universities throughout the world.
Ricardo Legorreta is a Mexican architect, trained at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the recipient of the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (2000), the Gold Medal of the International Union of Architects (1999), and the Mexican Premio Nacional de las Artes (1992). His architectural work is characterised by the integration of traditional regional architecture in landscapes, with emphasis on light, colour, and bold geometry, and, with private practices in Mexico City and Los Angeles, he has built residences and public facilities throughout Mexico and the south-western United States, including hotels, museums, cathedrals, corporate facilities, and science and arts centres. Mr. Legorreta lectures extensively throughout the world, and has been a professor at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Harvard University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Universidad Iberoamericana, and the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous articles for a wide variety of publications, and the Rizzoli monograph on his work, Ricardo Legorreta Architects, was published in 1997. Mr. Legorreta served as a member of the Pritzker Prize Award jury from 1983 to 1993.
Glenn Murcutt is an Australian architect, trained at the University of New South Wales. In private practice in Sydney, most of his works are domestic residences, set in isolated landscapes throughout Australia, or in urban centres such as Sydney. In 1992, he received the seventh Alvar Aalto Medal (Finland), and the jury praised his architecture for its “convincing synthesis of regional characteristics, climate-conditioned solutions, technological rationality, and unconstrained visual expression.” Mr. Murcutt lectures on and teaches architecture at universities world-wide. In 1992, he was presented with the Gold Medal of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), and was awarded the RAIA’s Sir Zelman Cowen Award for Public Buildings on two occasions, in 1994 and in 1999. Made an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the Royal Institute of British Architects during 1997, Mr. Murcutt received the Richard Neutra International Award for Architecture and Teaching (USA) in 1998, the Green Pin International Award for Architecture and Ecology (Denmark) in 1999, and the Kenneth F. Brown Asia Pacific Culture and Design Award (USA) in 2000. Mr. Murcutt’s works are featured in a Thames and Hudson monograph, Glenn Murcutt: Works and Projects (Françoise Fromonot, 1995, second edition 1997).
Norani Othman is a Malaysian sociologist, and associate professor and senior fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia. She is a research fellow affiliate at the Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, where she was also an academic fellow from 1998 to 1999. Professor Othman specialises in social and sociological theory, intellectuals and the intellectual cultures of Third World societies, Islamic social theory, and women’s rights, religion, and gender studies. She received her M.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1982, and was a member of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford from 1980 to 1985. As a Fulbright fellow, she undertook research and a lecture tour on the theme of “Islam, Women, and Human Rights” in the United States during 1996. Professor Othman is a member of professional and academic organisations both in Malaysia and abroad, and lectures frequently. She is vice president of the Malaysian Social Science Association, and a director of the SIS Forum Malaysia Berhad, a Muslim women’s organisation popularly known as Sisters in Islam. Her work is frequently published in scholarly journals, and she is the editor of Shari’a Law and the Modern Nation State: A Malaysian Symposium (1994), Gender, Culture, and Religion: Equal before God, Unequal before Man (with Cecilia Ng Soon Chim, 1995), and Malaysia’s Experience of Globalization: Actor or Captive? (with Sumit K. Mandal, 2000).
Raj Rewal is an Indian architect and urban design consultant who studied architecture in New Delhi and London. His humanist approach to architecture responds to the complexities of rapid urbanisation, the demands of climate, cultural traditions, and building crafts and technologies. His built works comprise a wide range of building types, including the Nehru Pavilion, the Scope office complex, the Central Institute of Educational Technology, the World Bank building, the National Institute of Immunology, the Parliament Library, and the Asian Games Village, all located in New Delhi, India, as well as the Ismaïli Centre in Lisbon, Portugal. Mr. Rewal’s commitment to housing is also central to his built works. In 1989, Mr. Rewal was awarded the Gold Medal of the Indian Institute of Architects, and the Robert Mathew Award of the Commonwealth Association of Architects; in 1993, he was presented the Mexican Association of Architects Award, and is also the recipient of the Great Masters Award of the JK Trust. Mr. Rewal’s works have been widely exhibited and published, with monographs in English and French; his most recent publication is entitled Humane Habitat at Low Cost. Mr. Rewal was a professor at the New Delhi School of Architecture and Planning, and has taught and delivered lectures at universities in Asia, America, and Europe.
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