Inam, Aseem

Aseem Inam

Associate Professor of Urbanism, Design Strategies

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Albert and Vera List Academic Center
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  • Aseem Inam is Director of the Theories of Urban Practice Program, Associate Professor of Urbanism at Parsons The New School for Design, and Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.Dr.  Inam is the author of the book, Planning for the Unplanned: Recovering from Crises in Megacities, a comparative analysis of city rebuilding in Los Angeles, Mexico City and New York.  His paper, Meaningful Urban Design, received a national award from the SOM Foundation and was published in the Journal of Urban Design.  His scholarly work has also been published in the journals Cities, and Planning Practice and Research, and received awards from the California Planning Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Dr. Inam previously taught at MIT, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award, UCLA, and the University of Michigan, where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award three times.  He was the founding architect-in-charge of the Aga Khan Development Network's rural habitat development program in Gujarat, India.  Most recently he was a project leader for urban design and planning projects in California, the Caribbean, Idaho, and New Mexico with the award-winning firm, Moule and Polyzoides Architects and Urbanists.  Dr. Inam received a master's degree in architecture from the former Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, a master's degree in urban design from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in planning from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

    Recent Publications:


    Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Books:

    Designing Urban Transformation.  Routledge:  New York, forthcoming November 2013, 300 pages.

    Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal Articles:

    “From Dichotomy to Dialectic:  Practicing Theory in Urban Design,” Journal of Urban Design, volume 16, issue 2, 2011, pages 257-278.

    “Navigating Ambiguity:  Comedy Improvisation as a Tool for Urban Design Pedagogy and Practice,” Journal of Education in the Built Environment, volume 5, issue 1, 2010.

    Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Book Chapters:

    “Tensions Manifested:  Reading the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi” and “Epilogue,” in Emerging Asia:  Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, edited by Vinayak Bharne:  Routledge:  Abingdon UK:  2012, pages 99-109.

    “Smart Growth:  A Critical Analysis of the State of the Art,” in Urban Design: Roots, Influences, and Trends, edited by Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris.  Routledge:  New York, 2011, pages 632-641.

    Professional Practice-Oriented Publications:

    “Designing the Potential of NGOs,”  Invited Op-Ed, Domus India magazine, February 2013.

    From Intentions to Consequences: San Diego TOD Design Guidelines and Rio Vista West Project, report, research funded and published by the American Planning Association, 2012.


    Research Interests:

    Urbanism,urban transformaiton,design research,spatial environments,theory,urban design,urban studies

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