Ayesha Shaikh

Ayesha U. Shaikh is a recent graduate of the SMArchS Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture at MIT. Her thesis investigated the invention of Islamic ornamentation through the production and dissemination of pattern books and building manuals and its stylistic occurrence in German industrial architecture during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries.

Areas of Interest
Education, Gardening, Gender Studies, Globalization, Heritage Planning, Historic Preservation, Historiography, History and Theory of Planning, History of Gardens, Islamic Architecture, Modern Architecture, Orientalism, Postcolonialism, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Art


2015 - 2017
Bachelor of Arts, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley


2019 -
Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture Travel Grant, MIT


2016 -
Berkeley Eye, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive