Michele Lamprakos

Michele Lamprakos

Associate Professor
Room 1226


Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Michele Lamprakos’s research focuses on two main themes: the lives and layers of buildings and sites; and the entangled histories of Islam and Christianity in the Mediterranean. Her forthcoming bookMemento Mauri: the Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba (University of Texas Press, 2026) has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the National Humanities Center. Her first book, Building a World Heritage City: Sanaa Yemen, was the first work on urban heritage to be recognized by the Society of Architectural Historians’ Spiro Kostof Award (Honorable Mention, 2018). 

Lamprakos lectures widely and has co-organized international symposia, including “Heritage and the Arab Spring” (Freer Gallery of Art, 2014) which explored the role of cultural heritage in a shifting Middle East. She teaches “Islam in Africa: architecture and culture”; a two-part course on Mediterranean cities; and two thematic, transhistorical graduate seminars: “Adaptation” and “Destruction, Memory, Renewal.” She also teaches design studios and directs thesis projects on historically layered sites in the US and abroad. Her professional work has included design and preservation for buildings that range in scale from tobacco warehouses to prewar single-family houses. She has served as Technical Reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and as Desk Reviewer for UNESCO.

Photo: J. M. Ayala
Ph.D. in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art/Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master of Architecture
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University