Nader Ardalan: Shams-i-Tabrizi Mausoleum in Khoy, Iran

From the 2021-2022 Online Speaker Series: On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture. Other events in this series.

Nader Ardalan

Nader Ardalan is an Architect with a long and distinguished international career in the fields of Planning, Architecture and Historic Preservation. His work and research reflects his particular concern for cultural and ecological aspects of architecture. He has previously held positions at Harvard, MIT, Yale and Tehran University and is the co-author, with Lahli Bakhtiar, of the book, “The Sense of Unity: The Sufi Tradition in Persian Architecture.” He serves on the Board of Directors for the Arts, Culture, and Spirituality Forum.


Maryam Eskandari

Founder of MIIM Designs, she has taught at Harvard University, Boston Architectural College, and California State Polytechnic University Pomona.

Tammy Gaber

Assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada.

Bruce Lawrence

Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion at Duke University.

Gary J. Coates

Gary J. Coates is Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University and an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor.


Thomas Fisher

Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A graduate of Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history, he was the Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine and was recognized in 2005 as one of nation’s most published architecture writers, having written 12 books, over 60 book chapters, and over 450 journal articles.

2021-2022 Online Speaker Series

On the Spiritual in Contemporary Architecture

This series explores how the material medium of architecture facilitates transcendent experiences. Each event features a virtual talk and visual presentation by a distinguished working architect, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Michael J. Crosbie. Sponsored by the Architecture, Culture and Spirituality Forum, the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and COMIT.
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