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Farès el-Dahdah

Professor of Architecture

Director of the Humanities Research Center


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 Architecture and Director of the Humanities Research Center. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, ‘86; BArch ‘87) and at Harvard University’s Graduate Design School (MAUD ‘89; DDes ‘92). At Rice, el-Dahdah teaches survey courses on the history of architecture and seminars on architecture and urbanism in Brazil. Since 2001, el-Dahdah’s research has focused primarily on Brazilian modern architecture and, more recently, on the spatial and social evolution of Rio de Janeiro. His essays in architectural history and theory have appeared in a number of periodicals, such as ANY, ArchitectureMagazine, ArquitecturaViva, Assemblage, Cite, Casabella, DocomomoJournal, Future Anterior, Minha Cidade, and ReVista. El-Dahdah recently co-edited Roberto Burle Marx: The Modernity of Landscape (Actar, 2011), participated in Reason and Environment (MAM-SP, 2011), and co-organized the exhibition Lucio Costa, Architect (CLC, 2010), which was part of Brasilia’s 50th anniversary celebrations. He regularly lectures at other institutions, both in the US and abroad, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in 2011 and at the Canadian Center for Architecture in 2005. His research has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, the Getty Foundation, Brazil’s Ministry for External Relations, and Petrobras, among others. El-Dahdah’s ongoing projects include the complete works of Oscar Niemeyer and the organization of archives held by Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, on the boards of which he serves. He is currently writing a book on Lucio Costa’s Brasilia Pilot Plan and is co-developing, with Prof. Alida Metcalf, a digital atlas spanning the entire history of Rio de Janeiro.

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