Event – October 16-18 | ARCHNET Focus on Aga Khan Museum: Historians of Islamic Art Association – Fourth Biennial Symposium

In partnership with the Historians of Islamic Art (HIAA), the Aga Khan Museum (AKM) organizes the Fourth Biennial Symposium on the theme of “Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art.”

Over the course of two days, the symposium will present eight thematic sessions with 32 international speakers on Islamic art and architecture.

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Archnet - HIAA - Fourth Biennial Symposium at AKM
EVENT: Historians of Islamic Art Association, Fourth Biennial Symposium, Forms of Knowledge and Cultures of Learning in Islamic Art
DATE: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 to Saturday, October 18th, 2014
TIME: Symposium Program Details
October 16: 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST
October 17: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
October 18: 9:00 a.m. – 6:40 p.m. EST
VENUE: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Related: ARCHNET Special Focus| Aga Khan Museum: Historians of Islamic Art Association – Fourth Biennial Symposium

Aga Khan Museum LogoAbout Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan Museum inaugurated in September 2014 in Toronto, Canada, is the only museum in North America dedicated to the collection, research, preservation and display of works of art, objects and artefacts of artistic, cultural and historical significance from various periods and geographic areas of the Muslim world.

“The 1,428 years of the Ummah embrace many civilisations and are therefore characterised by an astonishing pluralism. In particular, this geographic, ethnic, linguistic and religious pluralism has manifested itself at the most defining moments in the history of the Ummah. The Aga Khan Museum showcases objects drawn from every region and every period, and created from every kind of material in the Muslim world.”

 – His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan

About ArchNet (via Wikipedia)

archnet-logoArchNet (www.archnet.org) is the world’s largest online databank of international architecture. It was developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in co-operation with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It provides users with resources on architecture, urban design and development in the Muslim world to all users free of charge.


Archnet was relaunched in 2013, is an initiative of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT (AKDC @ MIT). The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). Through various programmes, partnerships, and initiatives, the AKTC seeks to improve the built environment in Asia and Africa where there is a significant Muslim presence. ArchNet complements the work of the Trust by making its resources digitally accessible to individuals worldwide.

Aga Khan Award for Architecture Logo

Archnet was conceptualized in 1998 during a series of discussions between His Highness the Aga Khan, the President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Charles Vest, and the Dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, William Mitchell. The foundations of ArchNet were predicated on remarks made by the Aga Khan in Istanbul in 1983, about his desire to make available the extensive dossiers resulting from the nominations for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) for the purpose of “[assisting] those institutions where the professionals of the future are trained.”

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AKPIA at Harvard & MIT

The purpose of the website is to create a viable platform upon which knowledge pertaining to the field of architecture can be shared. ArchNet aims to expand the general intellectual frame of reference to transcend the barriers of geography, socio-economic status and religion, and to foster a spirit of collaboration and open dialogue. ArchNet therefore manifests many of the Aga Khan’s values and principles regarding not only rural and urban development but also pluralism and the role of culture, while exemplifying MIT’s OpenCourseWare initiative, giving everyone access to its course material free of charge.

The website came to fruition in 2000 and was officially launched on September 27, 2002 by Lawrence Summers, then President of Harvard University, Charles Vest, then President of MIT, and the Aga Khan. It continues to grow with new institutional partners in North America and abroad as well as individual users. Today it has over seventy-five thousand users — fifty percent of whom are students or teachers — representing over one hundred fifty countries and averaging over five thousand unique visitors a day.

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