Curriculum Vitae

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Higher Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

PhD (2011 – 2018)

History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA)
Dissertation Topic: Building Protestant Modernism: John D. Rockefeller Jr. & the Architecture of an American Internationalism (1919-1939)
Committee: Nasser O. Rabbat, Mark M. Jarzombek, Caroline A. Jones, Christopher Capozzola

Master of Science in Architecture Studies (2008 - June 2010)

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) Thesis: Failure to Engage: The Breasted-Rockefeller Gift of a New Egyptian Museum & Research Institute at Cairo (1926)
Committee: Nasser O. Rabbat; Mark M. Jarzombek; Robin A. Greeley

University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Architecture (1995 - May 2001)

School of Architecture

Awards & Fellowships (select)

Columbia University Libraries Research Award, Columbia University. New York, NY (2016 – 2017)
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship, University of Chicago Libraries. Chicago, IL (2016 – 2017)
Rockefeller Archive Center Grant-in-Aid, Rockefeller Archive Center. Sleepy Hollow, NY (2015 – 2016)
The Aga Khan Student Travel Grant, AKPIA, MIT. Cambridge, MA (2014 – 2015)
SOM Travel / Research Fellowship for Architecture, Design and Urban Design, SOM Foundation. Chicago, IL (2010 – 2011)
SMArchS Thesis Prize, MIT. Cambridge, MA (2010)
Merit-Based Scholarship (half tuition award), SA+P, MIT. Cambridge, MA (2009 – 2010) The Aga Khan Student Travel Grant, AKPIA, MIT. Cambridge, MA (2009 – 2010) School of Architecture's Travel Grant for Mexico Studio, University of Texas, Austin, TX (2000) University Honors, University of Texas, Austin, Texas. (Fall 1998, Spr 1996)

Conferences & Workshops

“Protestant Modernism and its Architectural Outposts in Cairo, Chicago, and New York City (1921-1929),” paper presented at Entangled Urbanisms: History, Place, and the Shaping of Cities (symposium), Department of Art History, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (May, 2018)

“Building a Protestant Internationalism: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of New York’s International Student House,” paper presented at Buell Dissertation Colloquium, The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, New York, NY (April 1, 2017)

“‘Disciplining’ the World: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of International Houses (1921-1936),” paper presented at Dislocation, Disjuncture, Dispute (Art History Graduate Student Symposium), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ (Apr 2016)

Dissertation Prospectus presentation at Shangri La Dissertation Workshop, organized by University of California, Berkeley and MIT’s Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, Honolulu, Hawaii (Mar 2013)

“Egypt by Design: The Architecture of the New Egyptian Museum and Research Institute at Cairo (1926),” paper presented at Design/History/Revolution: At the Intersection of Art, Design, Politics, and Historical Studies, School of Art Design History and Theory at Parsons The New School for Design (Apr 2012)

“Archaeological Ambassadors-at-large and the Making of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (1919),” paper presented at In the Distance *research-in-progress (Department of Architecture Graduate Student Conference), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Feb 2010)

Events Organized

“Religion in Secular American Architecture,” panel organized at Society of Architectural Historians 71st Annual International Conference, St. Paul, MN (2018)

“NYU Modern,” exhibition curated at Mamdouha S. Bobst Gallery, New York University, New York, NY (2017)

“Workshop for Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative,” co-organized in East Hampton, NY (2017)

Publications

“John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Architecture of New York’s International Student House” (Article in preparation)

“Upcoming Chapter (title pending)” in Building Discourse: Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMArchS) Theses. Vol. 2. Cambridge: MIT SA+P Press, 2018, Print & Web.

Obligation & Opportunity: John D. Rockefeller, Jr’s Philanthropic Projects and the Aesthetic Visualization of U.S. Identity – An Overview. Chicago: SOM Foundation, 2012. http://www.somfoundation.som.com/repository/files/submissions/azra.dawood/index.html

“Archaeological Ambassadors-at-large and the Making of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago (1919)” in In the Distance: *research-in-progress 2010, Ana María León, Alla Vronskaya, Eds., (Cambridge, MA: Puritan Press, 2010).

Academic Service

Program Advisor

School of Art & Architecture, Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship, Karachi, Pakistan (2017-present)

Invited Lecturer

Seminar Class at Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York (2016)

Design Studio Juror

MIT School of Architecture and Planning (2013)
Parsons The New School for Design (2014)
Spitzer School of Architecture, The City College of New York (2015, 2017)

Peer Reviewer

Globalizing Architecture / Flows and Disruptions, 102nd ACSA Conference, Florida International University, Miami Beach, FL (April 2014)

Teaching Experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Research Assistantship

Research for Nasser Rabbat (Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Fall 2016)

Teaching Assistantship

Locating Capitalism, Graduate Seminar, Professor Lauren Jacobi (Spring 2014)
Theory of City Form, Survey Class for Masters Students, Professor Lauren Jacobi (Spring 2014)
Orientalism and Representation, Graduate Seminar, Professor Nasser Rabbat (Fall 2013)
Theory and Methods in the Study of Art and Architecture, Graduate Seminar, Professor Kristel Smentek (Fall 2013)

Teaching Assistantship w/ Additional Duties

Global Architecture, Survey Lecture for Undergraduate and Masters Students, Professor Mark Jarzombek (Spring 2013). Responsibilities: designing and leading weekly discussion sections; creating and grading exams and assignments.

Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures, Survey Lecture for Undergraduate and Masters Students, Professor Nasser Rabbat (Fall 2012). Responsibilities: creating and delivering two lectures; grading assignments.

Architecture Work experience (select)

David Hotson Architect, New York, NY

Project Manager (2005-2010); Junior Designer (2001-2005)

Residential Architecture. Design and renovation of townhouses and lofts in New York City. (2001 – 2010)

Lari Associates and the Heritage Foundation, Karachi, Pakistan

Intern

Research and Writing assistantship for this book: Lari, Yasmeen, and Suhail Zaheer Lari. Karachi: Illustrated City Guide (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2001). (Summer 1997)

Affiliations

Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (2016-present) Society of Architectural Historians (2017-present)

Languages

English - Native
Urdu - Native
French - Good, can read with dictionary
Arabic - Good, can read with dictionary