Fares El-Dahdah

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Farès el-Dahdah has written extensively on Brazil's modern architecture and has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, two Brazilian cultural foundations on the boards of which he serves. He is currently leading a Digital Art History Grant, titled Situated Views of Rio de Janeiro: 19th and Early 20th-Century Photography and the Diluvial Houston grant, both supported by the Getty and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundations, respectively. El-Dahdah runs, in addition, the Center for Research Computing’s Spatial Studies Lab where his current research interests explore how digital platforms uphold the mission of disseminating knowledge. The Lab also develops online geospatial platforms that describe cities, sites, and events over time, as they existed and as they have come to be imagined. At Rice, el-Dahdah's activities extend across the university in his capacity as chair of the University Committee on Information Technology, Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, and member of the Ken Kennedy Institute's Faculty Advisory Committee.

Research Areas

Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil; Digital Art History

Education

DDes - Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

MAUD - Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

BArch - Rhode Island School of Design

BFA - Rhode Island School of Design

Honors & Awards

2020 - Rice University, Race and Anti-Racism Research Fund: “Black Life in Houston: An Atlas of Racial Inequity, Displacement, and Integration,” 2020 [Lead PI]

2019 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Diluvial Houston: Rescued Histories, Engaged Humanities, and Imagined Futures [Lead PI]

2018 - Getty Foundation, Digital Art History Grant: Situated Views of Rio de Janeiro: 19th and Early 20th-Century Photography and Temporal Cartography [Lead PI]

2018 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Public Humanities/Post-Harvey, 2018-20 [Lead PI]

2016 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Spatial Humanities Initiative [Lead PI]

2014 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: Public Humanities Initiative [Lead PI]

2014 - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant: John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures: Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics [Lead PI]

2011- Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Cisneros Visiting Scholar: Portraits of Rio de Janeiro

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