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Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: Power and Politics in the Middle East: A Designer's Perspective

Peter Chomowicz (Associate Dean for Research and Development, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar)
When May 14, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where Classroom, Department of Architecture
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The small Middle Eastern nation of Qatar is much in the news, both for its political maneuvering and its human rights abuses. This talk will describe the breathtakingly vast and rapid urban transformation of Qatar and how a design-research center is addressing some of nation's most pressing problems related to its lofty ambitions.

Chomowicz received a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, a Masters of Design Studies in the history and theory of architecture from Harvard University, studied economics and political economy at the Graduate Faculty at the New School for Social Research, and is currently completing his PhD at London Metropolitan University. Throughout his professional career Chomowicz has maintained an equal footing in design education with teaching and administrative positions at the University of Florida, Catholic University of America, the Cooper Union and the Johns Hopkins University. Chomowicz’s research focuses on the ancient origins of architecture and urban planning in the Middle East and its relationship to current building schemes. He has been the head architect on a number of archaeological excavations throughout the region.