After Helping Restore, Conserve Key Heritage, Kashmir Architect Going To MIT For Post-Doc

SRINAGAR: Hakim Samir Hamdani, Kashmir’s top architect who specialises in Muslim architecture will be doing his post-doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has received an acceptable offer for his plan from the world’s top rate institute under Agha Khan Programme.

Hakeem Samir Hamdani

Hamdani is the Design Director at the INTACH Kashmir chapter, a position he has held since 2010.

“Just got acceptance offer for Aga Khan Program Post-Doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT,” Hamdani broke the sweet news on Twitter at a time when the micro-blogging site was behaving like the virtual cemetery owing to the Covid-19 crisis. “Started my academic journey quite late, but then it’s been a journey working with artisans and craftsmen that has got me where I am, today, shukriya.”

Hamdani graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi in 1999. A decade later, he walked out with his PhD on the Syncretic Traditions of Islamic Religious Architecture of Kashmir, (1320-1847 CE). A British publisher has recently published his research.

After joining the INTACH in 2004, Hamdani has worked on various conservation projects in Kashmir. These include reconstruction of 18th-century wooden shrine of Peer Dastgeer sahib, restoration of Mughal Monument of Thag Baba saheb at Srinagar, conservation of historic Mughal gardens of Kashmir and conservation of Aali Masjid at Eidgah, Srinagar. Two of these works were long-listed for Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

In this video watch Hamdani Speaking About The Naqshband Sahab

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