Allison James

Allison joined the Program in Art Culture and Technology (ACT) at MIT as Producer in Residence in January 2016. Her background includes over 15 years of experience working on international development projects in Turkmenistan, Turkey, India, Uzbekistan and in the U.S. Allison graduated from the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture with a Master of Science in Architectural Studies in 2015 and received a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University in 2012 with an emphasis on cultural landscapes in Turkey and India. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute. 

Allison served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan from 1999-2001, led the U.S. Congress—Korean National Assembly Internship Exchange Program in Seoul in 2007, worked with cultural attaches to organize an international education festival in Washington D.C., developed a job program for refugee resettlement in the U.S., and conducted research with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture on the Qutb Shahi necropolis site in Hyderabad, India. 

2016 SMArchS Thesis: The Architecture of Procession: Political and Spiritual Pathways between the Qutb Shahi Necropolis and Golconda Fortress