Dr. Omar Akbar

Prof. Dr. Omar Akbar

Dr.Omar Akbar is a German urbanist and architect, and the Executive Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. He was born in Afghanistan and attended primary school in Kabul, and undertook university and graduate training in architecture and urban design at the Technical University in Berlin. His Master's thesis (1976) concentrated on the process of urbanization in developing countries, using India as an example, and his doctoral thesis (1981) was a comparison of the social behaviour and the construction and spatial organization of mahals, which led to the development of the theory of Islamic living quarters. Professor Akbar worked as an architect in several offices in Germany while at the same time teaching in Berlin. He was the team leader (1981-82) of the development project for Al-Karkh (an area of Baghdad), and a consultant to GTZ (German Agency for Technical Development) from 1987 to 1993 for urban development projects in Banjul (Gambia), Sana'a (Yemen), and Aswan (Egypt). He also served as a UNESCO consultant on Cairo in 1991 and 1992. From 1993 to 1998, he was professor of urban design and the theory of architecture at the Technical University for Applied Sciences in Dessau, before taking up the position of Executive Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in 1998.

At present Urban Curator and Professor for Theory of Architecture and Urban Design at the University for Applied Sciences in Dessau.

2008- Present the University for Applied Sciences Professor for Theory of Architecture and Urban Des Dessau, Germany

2002-2008-IBA 2010 Saxony Anhalt Executive Director Dessau, Germany

1998-2008-Bauhaus Dessau Foundation Executive Director Dessau, Germany

1994-1998-University for Applied Sciences Professor for Theory of Architecture and Urban Des Dessau, Germany

1992-1994-University of Arts Berlin Associate Professor Berlin, Germany

1981-1992-Self-employed Architect and Urbanist Bagdad, Afghanistan