The CSBE Public Lecture Series



CSBE occasionally organizes public lectures on issues related to architecture and the built environment. These lectures have been held in association with, and through support from, cultural organizations including Darat al-Funun / the Khalid Shoman Foundation, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Goethe Institute / Jordan.

The speakers for these lectures are usually from outside Jordan. They include architects and scholars from the Arab world and also ones of an international stature. These public lectures aim at keeping the Jordanian public abreast of developments relating to the built environment that are taking place beyond the boundaries of Jordan, on both the regional and international levels.

The contents of some of the public lecture series are being published on the CSBE web site. The published materials include the discussions that the lectures create, and also hyperlinks to additional suggested readings. The site also allows and encourages readers to provide questions and comments. (For additional information concerning the publishing of the public lectures, please see the CSBE E-publishing program).

Schedule of public lectures during the 2014-2015 season

October 3, 2015


The Tectonic Grain
Nader Tehrani
Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of Cooper Union in New York City, former Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Principal of the architectural practice NADAAA in Boston

Schedule of public lectures during the 2013-2014 season

October 19, 2014

Against, but in the Stream
Emre Arolat
Founding partner of EAA - Emre Arolat Architects, Istanbul, Turkey

Schedule of public lectures during the 2012-2013 season

September 30, 2013
Three Architects | Three Themes
Presentations by Shahira Fahmy, the founder of Shahira Fahmy Architects, Bernard Khoury, the founder of the architectural office DW5 / Bernard Khoury, and Murat Tabanlıoğlu, the co-founder of Tabanlıoğlu Architects.

Schedule of public lectures during the 2011-2012 season

October 2, 2012
The Aga Khan Award for Architecture: New Challenges and Directions
Farrokh Derakhshani
Director, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Schedule of public lectures during the 2010-2011 season

October 11, 2011
Binding of Architecture and Engineering
Hanif Kara
Structural engineer and the Pierce Anderson Lecturer in Creative Engineering at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design

Schedule of public lectures during the 2009-2010 season

June 14, 2010
A Tucson Rainwater Harvesting Odyssey 1980 - Ongoing
Richard Brittain
Assistant Research Professor, School of Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson

Schedule of public lectures during the 2008-2009 season

October 8, 2008
The Forms of Public Spaces in Historic Cairo and Its Current Transformation
Tareq al-Murri
Conservation Architect, Diwan Architecture & Patrimoine, Egypt

Schedule of public lectures during the 2007 - 2008 season

April 2, 2008
Urban Art and the Dream of Cities
Nadim Karam
Architect, urban artist, painter and sculptor

December 11, 2007
The Politics of Urban Planning: Beirut-Cairo via Amman
Robert Saliba
Associate professor at the American University of Beirut

November 11, 2007
Public Space & Public Sphere: A Tale of Two Cities: Amman & Beirut
Rami Daher
Conservation Architect, Urban designer, university professor

Schedule of public lectures organized during the 2006 - 2007 season:

February 13, 2007
Public Sphere by Public Space? Dimensions of the Public Sphere in late Ottoman Damascus and Bilad al-Sham
Stephan Weber, Orient Institute, Beirut

Schedule of public lectures organized during the 2001 - 2002 season:

April 21, 2002
Riyadh Architecture in One Hundred Years
Saleh al-Hathloul
Deputy Minister for Town Planning, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia
(The lecture was organized in association with the Architectural Section of the Jordan Engineers Association)

October 20, 2001
Architecture for a Changing World: Twenty Years of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Suha Ozkan
Secretatry General, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Schedule of public lectures organized during the 2000 - 2001 season:

May 30, 2001
Creating Landscapes in Water-scarce Environments: A Case Study of Tucson, Arizona
Margaret Linvingston
Assistant Professor, School of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona

December 6, 2000
Modern Architecture in Lebanon, a Critical Survey
George Arbid
Architect and educator, Beirut

Schedule of public lectures organized during the spring 2000 season:

May 17, 2000
The Rehabilitation of the Old City of Aleppo
Omar Hallaj
Architect, SURADEC, Aleppo

April 19, 2000
Deconstructing the Reconstruction of Beirut: 1990 - 2000
Robert Saliba
Planner, lecturer, and researcher, Oxford Brookes University

February 26, 2000
E-topia: The Future of the City in the Digital Age
William J. Mitchell
Dean, School of Architecture and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MI