Khaled Malas

Adjunct Instructor

Khaled Malas is an architect and art historian from Damascus. His research focuses on images and image-making technologies in producing and challenging the potential of places, real and imagined. He is a PhD candidate at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts where he is writing a dissertation on medieval magico-medicinal bowls that bear a depiction of the Kaaba. He is the principal of Sigil, an art/design collective exploring the metamorphoses of Arab landscapes marked by historical and contemporary struggles. Sigil’s work has been widely exhibited, published, and commissioned (Milano Design Triennale, Marrakech Art Biennale, Venice Architecture Biennale, amongst others). He teaches at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and has taught at Columbia University’s GSAPP programs in New York City and Amman. His most recent publication is “Concerning the Observation of Other Corpses” (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Dec. 2021: 395-396). A recent interview on his creative practice was published as “What we opt to do” (Art Papers, Spring 2022: 30-33). Khaled holds a Post-Professional Master's Degree in Architecture (M.Arch II) from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture from the American University of Beirut.

 

 

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