Ali Rahim is Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Director of the Advanced Architectural Design Program. Mr. Rahim has served as the Studio Zaha Hadid Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Arts (die Angewandte) in Vienna, as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at Yale University, and as a Visiting Architecture Professor at Harvard University.
As Director of the AAD program he has developed new initiatives to expand the one year program by one semester to a year and a half and to move the third semester of the program to New York City. Ali Rahim successfully negotiated details for the expansion with the New York State Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security as well as the University of Pennsylvania’s Provosts’ office and the Board of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been active in raising funds for the University through hosting fund raising events of his personal contacts to support the initiatives of the Head of Penn Global, Vice-Provost Ezekiel Emanuel.
Mr. Rahim’s books include Asset Architecture (2015), Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (2012), published by the China Building Press, Beijing; Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (2006), published by Routledge, London; Turbulence (2011), published by Norten and Company, New York; and three edited issues of Architectural Design, Elegance (2007), co-edited with Hina Jamelle, Contemporary Techniques in Architecture (2002), and Contemporary Processes in Architecture (2000). He has a new book on design research titled Intensity, which is to be published in 2014.
Mr. Rahim has delivered public lectures on his work about his design research globally — in the US at Harvard University; Yale University; Cornell University; UPenn; and SCI-Arc; and in Canada at the Universities of Toronto, Calgary; and British Columbia. In addition, he has lectured in Europe at the Architectural Association and Bartlett in London; TU Delft, Netherlands; Universitat Catalunya, Barcelona; Innsbruck, Austria; and University of Thessaloniki, Greece; and in Asia at American University Sharjah, UAE; Tokyo University; Hong Kong University and Tsinghua University, Beijing; to name a few.
Hina Jamelle teaches Graduate Option Studio’s at Pratt Institute and the University of Pennsylvania where she directs the second year of the Master of Architecture Program. She is an Architect, and is the Co- Director [with Ali Rahim] of Contemporary Architecture Practice in SoHo, New York City and Shanghai, China.
There are two monographs on the work of Contemporary Architecture Practice titled Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (2012) published by the China Building Press, Beijing, and Catalytic Formations: Architecture and Digital Design (2006) published by Routledge, London which is now in its second edition. She has also co-edited Elegance (2007) with Ali Rahim. Her student’s work have won numerous awards was published in Surface Magazine’s American Avant-Guardian issue. This annual issue is a showcase of graduate projects from top American design schools and identifies the best and brightest in architecture and the next generation of American leaders and innovators. She has a new book on design research titled “Integrating Elegance”, which is to be published in 2015.
Ms. Jamelle has delivered public lectures on Contemporary Architecture Practice’s work – most recently at the Museum of Modern Art [MoMA] Labrouste Symposium, the Architecture Association’s Urban Formations Symposium in Shanghai, August 2014 and the Innovative Technology Design Salon at the Shanghai Architects Fair 2014.