Maryam Eskandari is Architect and Artist, and is a graduate of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture at Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her focus is on Modern and Contemporary “Islamic” Architecture in the West. Her research work has been on the development of western firms working on campus projects in the Muslim World and her most controversial project regarding “Gender in Architecture” particularly in Islam. While previously, she was the Director of the American Institute of Architects Associates in Arizona. Maryam has received many prestigious awards from the architecture community. Among them was in 2010, where she was the recipient of the prestigious Aga Khan Award in Islamic Architecture, a grant to travel and continue working on her research of gender issues in architecture, in particular Muslim Women Spaces in Contemporary American Mosques. In 2007 the American Institute of Architects awarded her with the Associate of the year award for commendable architecture, design, and involvement with in the design community and in 2005 the Imagination Cube Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects. Trained under some of the most highly acclaimed scholars and architects, Maryam has the ability to blur Design, Architecture, Theory and Current Affairs to create a new expression for architectural design and exploring different ways to modify and push the boundaries of architecture. Her current exhibition on tour: “Sacred Space? (Re) Constructing the Place of Gender in the Space of Religion” executes the architectural vocabulary that is being pronounced.