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


Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher, author, and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. He has helped shape the legacy of his namesake firm OLIN through the design of timeless public spaces which celebrate social equity, natural systems, and urban life, including signature projects like Bryant Park in New York, the Washington Monument Grounds on the National Mall, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of the National Building Museum's Vincent Scully Prize, the Olana Foundation's Frederic Church Award, and the National Medal of Arts, bestowed by President Barack Obama.


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Thomas Woltz, FASLA

Owner and Principal
Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

Over the past two decades of practice, landscape architect Thomas Woltz has led a body of work within the firm that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems, cultural history and restoration ecology. As principal of NBW, he leads teams that infuse narratives of the land into the places where people live, work, and play, deepening connections between culture and ecology and inspiring environmental stewardship. Thomas serves on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and at the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation.


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