International Design

Education Session - Panel Format

SUN-B04 - New Landscapes of Pluralism: Contemporary Influence of Islamic Gardens and Culture

Sunday, October 21
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 114


While Islamic culture contains a rich tradition of garden design, it remains largely outside the practice of Western landscape architecture. The case studies presented will showcase this complex and diverse tradition and contemporary examples, while highlighting the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s belief that public parks enrich and enlighten communities.

Learning Objectives:

Abdallah S. Tabet, ASLA


Abdallah is an architect, landscape architect and a historic preservationist, from Beirut, Lebanon. He joined OLIN in 2010, where he worked on the visitors’ center for the Chateau of Chantilly, built several private estates, river restoration projects, and the garden for LDS Temple in France. He is working on a master-plan for the Smithsonian as well as a park over structure in Washington DC, and the expansion of LACMA in LA and PMA in Philadelphia. He is leading the effort for a large plantation in Morocco. Abdallah has also worked on significant competitions, including a waterfront park in Beirut, Lebanon.


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Shiraz Allibhai

Deputy Director
Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Shiraz Allibhai, Deputy Director, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, provides support to and coordinates the activities of the Trust across all of its programmes (Hîstoric Cities Programme, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Aga Khan Music Initiative and Aga Khan Museum) Shiraz’s mandate also includes overseeing Trust publications and exhibitions and the Aga Khan Garden, Alberta, and Burnaby Park projects. Shiraz was trained as an architect at the University of Texas and at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. From 2002-2007, Shiraz was based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help establish and manage the online global resource Archnet.


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Laurie D. Olin, FASLA

Prof in Practice Emeritus
Wietzman School of Desiign, Universiit y of Pennsylvania, Depaartmetn of Landscape Architecture

Laurie Olin is a founding partner of OLIN, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, whose projects include Bryant Park in New York, The J Paul Center Los Angeles, the grounds of the Washington Monument, in Washington DC, Director Park in Portland Oregon, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, and Apple Park in Cuperitino, California. He is Professor in Practice Emeritus in the Department of Landscape Archtecture at University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for forty years. He is the recipient of the ASLA Medal for his distinguuisshed career and in 2008 President Obama awarded him the National Medal of Art.


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Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Principal and Owner
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz and his team have developed a unique approach to the designed landscape using ecological and cultural research as the foundation for designing meaningful contemporary landscapes that inspire deep connections between people and the natural world. Woltz received his Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. He was recognized with the Land for People Award by the Trust for Public Land in 2019 and as one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2017.


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