D. Des. (1992); M.A.U.D. (1989), Harvard University

B. Arch. (1987); B.F.A. (1986), Rhode Island School of Design


Farès el-Dahdah is Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC). He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, ‘86; BArch ‘87) and at the Harvard University, Graduate School of Design (MAUD ‘89; DDes ‘92). El-Dahdah’s books include Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape, Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, and A doce revolução de Oscar Niemeyer. He also participated in Utopías urbanas: geopolíticas del deseo en América latina, Shaping the City, Brasília – Fortuna Crítica, Razão e Ambiente, among others. His articles have appeared in such journals as ANY, Architecture Magazine, Arquitectura Viva, Assemblage, Cite, Casabella, Docomomo Journal, Future Anterior, Minha Cidade, and ReVista. He is currently writing a book on Lucio Costa’s 1957 Pilot Plan project for Brasilia and in his creative practice, el-Dahdah has co-designed and co-curated exhibitions for Brasilia’s and Beirut’s respective National Museums. Since 2001, el-Dahdah’s research has primarily focused on Brazil’s modern architecture and, more recently, on the spatial and social evolution of Rio de Janeiro, for which he is co-developing digital atlas spanning the city’s entire history. His research projects have been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Graham Foundation, and Getty Foundation. He has also been the recipient of fellowships from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Canadian Center for Architecture, and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. El-Dahdah serves on the board of Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, the archives of which he has helped organize and describe. As HRC’s director, el-Dahdah is responsible for identifying, encouraging, and funding the research projects of faculty, visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students while conducting new initiatives in the humanities and beyond.