Hosted by the Southern California Chapter | 1 AIA CES Learning Unit|Elective
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Caroline Williams, Guest Lecturer
Free for ICAA Members
/ $20 General PublicRegistration will close 1 hour prior to the event.
Medieval Cairo is without peer in the Islamic world. It survived the Mongol destructions of the 13th century, and the Westward looking building programs of the 19th century. Western artists who discovered Cairo after Napoleon’s 1798 expedition were intrigued and enthralled by their encounter with a new world. This lecture will trace the city’s urban developments, architectural highlights and what it was in this exotic culture that excited these artists.
Caroline Williams is a scholar of Islamic art and architecture, with an expertise in the architecture of Cairo. After receiving a BA from Radcliffe College in history, Caroline traveled through East and Southeast Asia, India, the Fertile Crescent, and the Mediterranean. It was during this trip in 1962 that she first visited Egypt and developed an interest in its history and architecture. After 1962, she returned to Harvard to complete a masters in Middle Eastern Studies and then attended the American University in Cairo, where she earned a second masters in Islamic Art and Architecture. In Cairo, she met her future husband John Alden Williams, who was at that time the director of the Center of Arabic Studies at AUC and a professor of Islamic civilization. As an independent Scholar, Caroline has lectured and published articles dealing with Cairo in its various guises: as a city shaped by historic and contemporary forces; as a repository of the most concentrated, most varied and most chronologically extended collection of Islamic monuments; as a city discovered in the 19th century by Western artists; and finally as a patrimony described anew by Egyptian artists in the 20th century. In 1985 Caroline published The Islamic Monuments of Cairo: The Practical Guide. Over the years the book has been expanded and updated, and in 2018, it appeared again in its seventh edition. She has taught courses in art and architecture in the United States and Egypt, and has been an escort-lecturer on various art and academic tours in Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia and Spain.
Image: Complexes of Sultan Hasan (1363), Mahmud Pasha (1567) Rifa’i (1912) & Amir Akhur (1503), Caroline Williams.
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Instructional Delivery Method: Live Online Learning Program
Program Level: Introductory
Prerequisites: None required
AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: April 27, 2024
Provider Number: G193
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