architecture & urban planning



Man entered the third millennium with the hope of achieving permanent peace on earth, sustainable development and equality for all human beings. Frustrated by all the miseries of the 20th century, he opened the gates of the twenty first century by naming the year 2001, as the Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. The  idea proposed by the president Mohammad Khatami of Iran was unanimously approved by members of the United Nations. According to the new theory, dialogue and understanding replaces confrontations and wars and global development would be materialized by better realization of  individual cultures and world civilizations with emphasis put more on similarities than differences. 


The International Center for Dialogue Among Civilizations has recently embarked on projects concerning intercultural relations in architecture and urban development. New trends in the fields of information technologies (IT) and globalization have profound impacts on urban life and on the way future cities relate human communities to each other. The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning within the framework of the Centre’s activities tries to establish basis for cooperation among people and organizations for better understanding of the role of architecture in bringing people together  and closing gaps between distanced civilizations. Cities, undoubtedly, will play the major role in cultural relations among nations and form the foundation upon which political, social and economic development will be established.

Objectives and Activities

The Architecture and Urban Planning Department aims to promote the theory of dialogue among civilizations by focusing on research and studies on relevant subjects. Architects and city planners ,designers and managers , from all over the world, are encouraged to participate in our research programs, attend our seminars and conferences and present books and articles on related issues. The main goal is defined as the study of thoughts, schools, designs, forms, techniques and cultural behaviors, in the past and at present, the elements and their influences and effects, the process of the diffusion of these elements and effects and their changes vis-à-vis other cultures. The ultimate  aim would be to rediscover the shared bases of interest and to find a common language to begin dialogue among people and nations. 

Generally, the objectives and activities of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning can be outlined as follows:

  • Drawing up fundamental issues and scientific-analytical researches on architecture and urban planning

  • Defining the language of dialogue in architecture and urban planning (past, present, future)

  • Conducting research on the exchanges between the culture of architectural and urban planning of Iran and ancient civilizations, specifically in the Islamic era

  • Reviewing different architectural sites built in different historical eras

  • Conducting research on the culture of architectural dialogue

  • Studying the reciprocal impact of architecture on different cultures

  • Reviewing the architectural and urban planning commonalities between Iran and the world

  • Architectural exchanges between Iran and the world

  • Modernism and its impact on the architectural and urban planning culture

  • Organizing conferences and seminars


  1. Research

  2. Language of dialogue

  3. Historical comparative study

  4. Gatherings


Director Dr. Mohammad Taghi Razavian (Ph.D., London)
Professor of Urban Geography (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran)
Chairman, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
(Islamic Azad University, Tehran)  
Associate    Amin Yarzadeh (M.A., Urban & Regional Planning)
Lecturer, Islamic Azad University   
Assistant Zahra Moghaddam (B.A.)


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Highlights of annual programs planned by the Architecture & Urban Planning Dept. are:

  1. Joint seminars in cooperation with:
       - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
       - Ecole d'Architecture de Paris
       - Technische Universitat Berlin
       - Universit-degli Studi di Firenze Italia
  2. Twelve monthly scientific meetings
  3. Eight international exhibitions on Architecture & Urban Planning (in cooperation with major Iranian universities)
  4. Twelve research projects
  5. Writing/translation of six books
  6. Proposing Ph.D. and Masters projects to universities on related subjects
  7. Development of Information Bank