An educator, scholar, humanist, and designer, Far√®s el-Dahdah earned his undergraduate degrees in¬†fine arts and in architecture from the Rhode¬†Island School of Design and went on to pursue his graduate studies¬†at Harvard University where bridging of architecture and literary theory¬†was the subject of his doctoral dissertation and a first¬†manifestation of a lifelong commitment to bridging disciplines.
Following a two decade long professorial track at Rice University's School of Architecture, he was appointed director of the¬†Humanities¬†Research Center (HRC) in 2012 and Professor of the Humanities in¬†2014. Along the trajectory of his career, el-Dahdah was the 2011-12 Cisneros Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a visiting¬†fellow at the¬†Canadian¬†Center for Architecture, and a recipient of the¬†Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship. He has also taught¬†as a visiting¬†professor¬†at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and is a member of the¬†Computational¬†Humanities¬†Study Group at the University of S√£o¬†Paulo's¬†Institute of Advanced Studies. In addition to his academic activities, el-Dahdah¬†has participated in cultural events at museums in Beirut, Paris, Berlin, S√£o¬†Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and¬†Brasilia, including the curation of exhibitions on Lebanon's¬†first constitution and on the 50th¬†anniversary of Brazil's capital. He is published in many countries¬†and¬†regularly lectures in many languages. His current research focuses¬†on¬†developing online geospatial platforms that illustrate the¬†urban evolution of cities¬†as well as¬†on exploring and critiquing how such digital platforms¬†uphold the¬†mission of disseminating¬†knowledge.
To that end,¬†el-Dahdah has co-led¬†a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures¬†titled,¬†Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics¬†and is currently co-leading a Rice Seminar titled Chronotopic Imaginaries: The City in Signs, Signals, and Scripts. el-Dahdah's research projects have been supported by¬†philanthropic and government agencies such as the¬†Andrew W. Mellon¬†Foundation,¬†the Getty Foundation, and the¬†American¬†Council of¬†Learned Societies.¬†He serves on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston¬†Art¬†of the Islamic Worlds Subcommittee¬†and on the boards of¬†Casa de¬†Lucio Costa¬†and¬†Funda√ß√£o Oscar Niemeyer, the archives of which he has helped organize and describe. At Rice, el-Dahdah's activities extend¬†beyond¬†the HRC, as chair¬†of the Information Technology Council's Research¬†Computing Subcommittee and as a member of the Data Sciences Initiative's¬†Programming and Search Committee. He regularly serves on PhD defense¬†committees in the¬†Humanities and Social Sciences while also acting on the advisory panels of Rice's Digital Education Committee and its¬†Center for Energy and Environmental¬†Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS). As director of the HRC, he is involved in identifying, encouraging, and funding the research projects of faculty,¬†visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as spearheading new¬†ventures in the humanities and beyond.