Professor of Architecture at the American University of Beirut
Dr. Al-Harithy has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the Oregon School of Design (1985), a Master’s of Science in Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University (1992).
She joined AUB in 1994 and served as Chair of the Department of Architecture & Design from 2003 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2012.
She was also a visiting professor at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Georgetown University.
Her research in Islamic art and architecture focuses on the Mamluk period and engages theoretical models of interpretation, particularly post-structuralist models, as analytic tools of the production of architectural and urban space.
Her more recent research focuses on urban heritage with special emphasis on the theoretical debate on heritage construction and consumption related to identity building and post-war reconstruction.
Her professional engagements have recently focused on two projects in which she was the lead designer: the Urban Sustainable Development Strategy for Saida in Lebanon and the Central Area Plan for Al-Madina Al-Munawara in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Al-Harithy serves on several boards and scientific committees, including the Executive Board of Advisors for the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) at the University of California, Berkeley, the Board of Advisors for Dialectic, the journal of the University of Utah, and the Senior Advisory Board for Lonaard Magazine in London, U.K.
She is widely published with over 40 articles, book chapters and reports in leading journals and refereed books.