Renata Holod

Renata Holod is Professor, and Curator in the Near East Section, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BA in Islamic Studies from the University of Toronto, MA in the History of Art from University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University.

Professor Holod has served as Convenor, Steering Committee Member, and Master Jury Chair of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. As architectural consultant, she has worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), Arthur Ericson Architects, Venturi Scott-Brown Architects, Mitchell/Giurgola Associates, H2L2, and Michael Graves& Associates, and the Center for Architecture in NYC. 

She was Clark Professor at Williams College and the Clark Institute in 2002. In 2004, the Islamic Environmental Research Centre honored her with an Award for outstanding work in Islamic Architectural Studies. In 2010, she received the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.

Education: B.A., University of Toronto, St. Michael's College (1964); M.A., University of Michigan (1965); Ph.D., Harvard University (1972)

Languages: Arabic (3), Church Slavonic (1), French (4), German (3), Greek (1), Italian (2), Latin (2), Ottoman Turkish (1), Persian (3), Russian (3), Spanish (2), Turkish (1), a Ukrainian (4)

Research Interests:  She has done archaeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Central Asia and Turkey, and on the island of Jerba, Tunisia. Her most recent project is a collaborative study of the grave goods of a Qipchaq kurgan in the Black Sea steppe of the thirteenth century.Source: Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

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