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Hashim Sarkis

Director of the Architecture Department


Hashim Sarkis is an architect, educator, and scholar. He is principal of Hashim Sarkis Studios (HSS), established in 1998 with offices in Boston and Beirut. He is also the Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2015.

Before joining MIT, Sarkis was the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at Harvard University. He has also taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, the American University of Beirut, and the Metropolis Program in Barcelona.

The architectural and urban projects of HSS include affordable housing, houses, parks, institutional buildings, urban design, and town planning. HSS has received several awards for its projects including for the Housing of the Fishermen of Tyre, Byblos Town Hall, and the Courtower Houses. The firm’s work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at the Pavilion of the United States at Biennale Architettura 2014 and the Pavilion of Albania at Biennale Architettura 2010, and at the biennales of Rotterdam, Shenzhen/Hong Kong, and Valparaiso. The work has also been published extensively, most recently in a monograph by Ness.docs. He recently was appointed curator of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia 2020, which due to the Corona Virus has been postponed to May 2021.

Sarkis earned a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture and a PhD in Architecture from Harvard University. He is author, co-author, and editor of several books and articles on modern architecture history and theory, including The World as an Architectural Project; Josep Lluis Sert, The Architect of Urban Design; Circa 1958, Lebanon in the Projects and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis; and Le Corbusier’s Venice Hospital.

Press review

DLui - la Repubblica, November 2019
La sfida del futuro sta nel vivere insieme
Written by Mara Accettura
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The Plan, Issue 122, May 2020
Yehuda Safran and Hashim Sarkis: a dialogue on the Venice Biennale 2020

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Interni, May 2020
How will we live together? 
Written by Antonella Boisi
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ArchDaily, October 7th, 2020
Hashim Sarkis on “How will we live together?”: Exploring the Question of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale 
Written by Christele Harrouk
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Platform Architecture and Design, December 2020
Hashim Sarkis, interview by Luca Molinari 
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Monocle on Design, August 18th, 2020
Biennale special – part 1
Episode 462
Hosted by Nolan Giles
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Monocle on Design, August 25th, 2020
Biennale special – part 2
Episode 463
Hosted by Nolan Giles
Listen to the podcast (part 2)

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