Courtney Lesoon

Courtney Lesoon is a PhD candidate in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, in the History, Theory & Criticism section of the Department of Architecture at MIT. She earned her BA in the History of Art from College of the Holy Cross (2012) and her MA in Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies from the University of Michigan (2015). Courtney was a 2012-2013 U.S. Student Fulbright Grantee to the United Arab Emirates where her research concerned contemporary art production and emerging cultural institutions in the UAE. Before arriving at MIT, Courtney worked as a Research Assistant in the Art of the Middle East Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her dissertation is an urban history of learning in the early Islamic world. Other research interests include contemporary mosque architecture outside of the Islamic world, Damascene interiors, and the medieval Mediterranean.

Areas of Interest
Islamic Architecture, Latin American Architecture, Medieval Architecture, Orientalism, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Art