Khan, Hasan-Uddin 1947-
KHAN, Hasan-Uddin 1947-
PERSONAL: Born November 28, 1947, in Hyderabad, India; son of Naser-Ud-Deen and Bilquis (Jehan) Khan; married Karen Longeteig; children: Ayesha, Zehra. Education: Attended Chichester School of Art, 1965-66; Architectural Association School of Architecture, England, graduated, 1971, graduate study, 1971-72. Politics: Liberal. Religion: Islam.
CAREER: Payette Associates, Inc., Boston, MA, assistant architect in London office, 1972-73; Gerald Shenstone and Partners, London, England, project architect, 1973-74; Unit 4 Architects and Planners, Karachi, Pakistan, partner, 1974-76; Aga Khan Award for Architecture (now Aga Khan Trust for Culture), Philadelphia, PA, assistant convenor, 1977-79, convenor, 1980; consultant in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1981-84; Secretariat of the Aga Khan, Gouvieux, France, head of architectural activities, 1984-91; Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Philadelphia, PA, director of special projects and public education, 1991-94 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, visiting associate professor of architecture, 1994-99; Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation, 1999—. Architect and home renovator. Concept Media Ltd. (publishing company), member of board of directors, 1981-87; Zamana Gallery Ltd., member of board of directors, 1985-92; Baltit Heritage Trust, member of board of trustees, 1990-94; consultant to Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, England, and Rockefeller Foundation.
MEMBER: International Committee of Architectural Critics, Architectural Association (London, England), Royal Institute of British Architects, Architects Institute of Pakistan, Royal Overseas League.
Charles Correa (monograph), Concept Media (Singapore, China), 1987.
(Editor, with Martin Frishman, and contributor) The Mosque: History, Architecture, Development, and Regional Diversity, Thames & Hudson (London, England), 1994.
Contemporary Asian Architects, Benedikt Taschen (Cologne, Germany), 1995.
(With Renata Holod) Contemporary Mosques: Clients, Designs, and Processes since 1950 (monograph), Thames & Hudson, 1997.
Internationalist Architecture, 1925-1965, Benedikt Taschen (Cologne, Germany), 1997.
International Style: Modernist Architecture from 1925 to 1965, Taschen (New York, NY), 1998.
Contributor to books, including Expressions of Islam in Buildings, edited by H. Salam, Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Geneva, Switzerland), 1991. Contributor of articles and reviews to architecture journals and other periodicals, including Journal of Architectural Education, Criticism in Architecture, Architecture U.S.A., and Space. Founder and editor-in-chief, Mimar: Architecture in Development, 1981-92.
Khan's writings have been published in French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, and German.
SIDELIGHTS: Hasan-Uddin Khan once told CA: "My primary motivation for writing is a desire to help promote a dialogue about architecture in Asia and Africa. This is neglected in general architectural discourse. We need to build bridges between people of the 'west' and the 'east.' My perspective is that of an international nomad and a man of both east and west—a cultural hybrid.
"Having been very lucky in my wide set of experiences, I feel the need to communicate them and the ideas I have developed, partly as a way of sorting them out for myself. I have been influenced by various architectural writers and actual practitioners, but by no one in particular more than others.
More recently, Khan added: "As time goes by, my writings, more and more, cross boundaries between architecture, landscape, art, and the larger social context, to attempt a more holistic understanding of building in the environment."