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About Nezar AlSayyad

Nezar AlSayyad, architect, planner, urban historian, and public intellectual, is Professor of Architecture, Planning, and Urban Design at the University of California at Berkeley and the Faculty Director of the Center for Arab Societies and Environments Studies (CASES). In 1988, AlSayyad co-founded the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) and edits its highly acclaimed journal, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review. He has consulted for public agencies around the Arab world, and is the recipient of many grants and awards for his research, books, films, and projects. In 2008, the University of California recognized his work with the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest recognition given to a faculty member on the Berkeley campus. AlSayyad’s most recent books include The Fundamentalist City? Religiosity and the Remaking of Urban Space (2010); Cairo: Histories of a City (translated into Arabic, and Persian) (2011), and Traditions: The Real, the Hyper, and the Virtual in the Built Environment (2014).

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