Nezar AlSayyad is a Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban History. He served as Chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 1996 to 2014.

AlSayyad holds a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and Diploma in Town Planning from Cairo University, an M.S. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Architectural History from UC Berkeley. He is the recipient of many grants and awards for his research, books, films, and projects. In 2008, AlSayyad was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor the University bestows on its faculty. In 1988, AlSayyad co-founded the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE). Today, he serves as president of the association and editor of its highly acclaimed peer-reviewed journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. Professionally, AlSayyad has an active practice in the Middle East and United States. He is also the Principal in the XXA: Office of Xross-Xultural Architecture, an urban design and planning firm with several award-winning credits.

View AlSayyad’s complete CV here.

PUBLICATIONS
  • Streets of Islamic Cairo (1981).
  • Dwellings, Settlements, and Tradition (1989).
  • Cities and Caliphs (1991).
  • Forms and Dominance (1992).
  • Al Mudun Fi Sadr Al-Islam (In Arabic – 1996).
  • Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage (2001).
  • Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam (Translated to Arabic, Spanish, and Turkish – 2002).
  • The End of Tradition (2004).
  • Making Cairo Medieval (2005).
  • Cinematic Urbanism (2006).
  • The Fundamentalist City? Religiosity and the Remaking of Urban Space (2010).
  • Cairo: Histories of a City (2011).
  • Traditions: The “Real,” the Hyper, and the Virtual in the Built Environment (2014).

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