Akram Kabiri presented her paper entitled “Tehran University: Beaux- Arts and the European Tradition in Iran” at the Graduate Student Lightning Talks at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Glasgow, June 2017. She worked on the paper under the supervision of Professor Margaret Vickery.
Her paper examines the founding of Tehran University in 1934, under the direction of Reza Shah Pahlavi who established the Pahlavi Dynasty in 1925. His reign, in the 1920s and ‘30s, played an important role in the architecture of the mid-20th century. French architect, André Godard together with the other European trained architects, designed Tehran University and introduced the theories of Beaux Arts architecture and planning. While the nascent Modernism of the West was castigating the Beaux-Arts as conservative and even reactionary, in Iran in the 1920s and 1930s, the Beaux-Arts remained a carrier of liberal, progressive Western values represented on this campus. Tehran University was revolutionary as it opened education to both sexes and ended the traditional system of education in Iran.
Akram received a travel grant from the department of the History of Art and Architecture to travel to Glasgow.