Niloofar Kakhi

Niloofar started architectural studies in 2003 in Iran where she particularly became interested in history of the discipline. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree in Histories and Theories of Architecture from Architectural Association. She then enrolled again at the AA for the PhD course in 2011. As well as her research, she works on architectural projects in Iran.

Identity Disinterred: The Uses and Abuses of a Past in Architectural Representation of a Present

Marina Lathouri, Vida Norouz Borazjani

This thesis focuses on the development of the historicist understanding of collective identity in the architecture of Iran since the modernisation of the country in the 1920s. It aims to clarify the relationship between the use of history and the expres­sion of national and cultural identities by focusing on the development of the archi­tectural discipline – its politics, design, teaching, theory and historiography in Iran and the influence of the west. The thesis ultimately aims to construct a conceptu­al platform for critically assessing such representations of identity in contemporary architecture and revisits the almost ignored value of the contemporary as a means of expressing a collective identity.