School of Architecture College of Design

ARCH 3250: Constructing Space through Islamic Art

Constructing Space through Islamic Art

Spring Semester 2009

Assistant Professor
Ozayr Saloojee

This workshop will examine foundational and speculative understandings of space, form and expression in Islamic Art, through a series of theoretical representational exercises.

Students will attempt to construct a set of interpretations about the generation of non-western reflections of space and form by utilizing an artistic context larger than architecture itself – in part to acknowledge the many influences in ‘cultural expression,’ but also to attempt to build a more complete scope of understanding of space in the Islamic religious tradition.

This workshop will explore the idea of architecture as a process of exploration and will focus on proposing and establishing ways by which we are able to ‘interpret’ the language of architecture. This inquiry will be directed through these lenses of religious art and architecture, and how those lenses enable the construction of a sense of being and place through our expressions of the the built environment.




The course will explore this issue of how we interpret and evaluate the role of architecture as a bearer of meaning, and what, ultimately, these meanings imply – particularly in our contemporary cultural and social contexts.


School of Architecture
145 Rapson Hall
89 Church Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fax: 612-624-5743


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

[directions and maps]

Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

[directions and maps]

© Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy Statement Current as of