William Porter
United States

With Oleg Grabar, professor emeritus of Fine Arts at Harvard, William Porter founded the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard and MIT, and served as its co-director until 1985. And with Professor Donlyn Lyndon of Berkeley, he co-founded Places, a Journal of Environmental Design, and served as co-editor until 1989.

As architect, Porter worked for Louis I. Kahn in Philadelphia, and on the new city of Ciudad Guayana with the Harvard-MIT Joint Center for Urban Studies. He has served on numerous juries including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, for which he also served as a member of the Steering Committee during its first nine years. He has done master planning and been design advisor for many institutions, and is a partner in an architectural firm.

Porter is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and holds a certificate from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is also past president of the National Architectural Accreditation Board. Porter earned his BA from Yale College in 1955, the MArch from Yale's School of Art and Architecture in 1957, and the PhD from MIT in 1969. He joined the MIT faculty in 1967.

Source: Plan 59 (2004) / https://sap.mit.edu/article/standard/former-dean-bill-porter-retires

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