Harvard University Graduate School of Design professor and alumnus Hashim Sarkis has been appointed as Dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.

Sarkis is currently the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at the GSD, and has been on the faculty since 1998. The Aga Khan Program is a joint endeavor between Harvard and MIT, and is a leading program for the study of architecture, urban issues, and visual culture in Islamic societies.

In addition to his teaching and writing, Sarkis is the founder and principle of Cambridge- and Beirut-based Hashim Sarkis Studios, which has won numerous competitions and designed civic and commercial projects, as well as private houses, from Massachusetts to Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.

Sarkis received his BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, his MArch from the GSD in 1989, and his PhD in architecture from the GSD in 1995.

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