SNSF-Professorship for Islamic Art History at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich



Art and Architecture of the Islamic World, al-Andalus, exchange and transfer processes Islamic World/West (Iberian Peninsula, Ottoman Empire), monument preservation in the Islamic World, appropriation of Islamic aesthetics in the West (Middle Ages/19th century), Orientalism, Islamic art and the museum



2015 — Venia docendi University of Bern (Switzerland)

2001-2004 PhD University of Bern (Switzerland)

1994-2001 Lizentiat (Master) University of Bern (Switzerland)



Master  Art History

Minor  Classical Archaeology

Minor  Near Eastern Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Philology



Bauen und Erhalten in al-Andalus. Bau- und Restaurierungspraxis in der Grossen Moschee von Córdoba, August 2015, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernd Nicolai, University of Bern

PhD THESIS (summa com laude)

Das islamische Rippengewölbe im Spiegel vorislamischer Wölbtradition. Form, Verbreitung und Problematik eines Wölbtypus, September 2003, Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann, University of Bern / Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Ewert, University of Bonn

MASTER THESIS (summa cum laude)

Die Cordobeser Vormihrabkuppel. Baugeschichtlicher Ursprung des Kuppeltypus und seine Verbreitung in der westislamischen Architektur, September 2000, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Volker Hoffmann, University of Bern




Digitalización e Investigación de documentos y Archivos Científicos-Técnicos sobre Arqueología. La recuperación del Legado Documental de Félix Hernández Giménez (1899-1975), Referencia: HAR2015-66753-R. Entidad financiadora Ministerio español de Economía y Competitividad. Programa Nacional de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la Sociedad (Universidad de Córdoba, 2016-2019)

Mon cher ami – Architekturgespräche zwischen Ludwig von Zanth und Jacob Ignaz Hittorff. Eine Quellenedition (PI, University of Zurich, 2016-2018)

The Orient in Switzerland. Neo-Islamic Architecture and Interiors in the 19th and 20th century (PI, University of Zurich, 2015-2018)

Mudejarismo and Moorish Revival in Europe. Transcultural exchanges between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the architecture of the Middle Age and Modern Times (PI, University of Zurich, 2014-2018)



2017 5-week stay in Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute)

2015 5-week stay in Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute)

2014 6-month stay in Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute)

2012/2013 Córdoba, Granada, Madrid (Archives)

2009 Los Angeles (Getty Research Institute)

2006-2009 Madrid (German Archaeological Institute, Archivo de Palacio, Archivo de la Alhambra y Generalife)

2001-2002 Berlin (German Archaeological Institute/Museum of Islamic Art)

1999-2000 Madrid (German archaeological Institute)



2015 Foundation for Research in Science and the Humanities at the University of Zurich, research grant

2014-2018 SNSF-Professorship

2012/2013 Gerda Henkel Foundation, research grant

2009-2010 Paul und Gertrud Hofer Wild Foundation, research grant

2006-2009 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), research grant

2001-2002 Janggen-Pöhn Foundation, research grant

2000 Kármán Foundation, travel grant

1999-2000 Spanish Government, research grant




Dr. Ariane Varela Braga, The Moorish Taste. Networks, collections and appropriations in 19th century Italy and Spain. (2014-)

PhD thesis

Helena Lahoz Kopiske M.A., Redefining Concepts. Sephardic Architecture in a Transcultural Context. (2014-)

Rouhollah Amanimehr M.A., Comparative Study of Semiotics in Religious Epigraphy of Sacred Places in Medieval Western Europe (2016-)

Katrin Kaufmann M.A., Orientvisionen im zaristischen Russland - Neo-islamische Architektur und Interieurs in St. Petersburg (2015-)

lic. phil. Axel Langer, Persia and the West. Safavid Painting and European Influence (2016-)

lic. phil. Elika Palenzona Djalili, Historienmalerei im qÁÊarischen Iran. Persische Malerei Sammlung in Bern (main-supervisor Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rudolph) (2014-)



The Artistic Heritage of al-Andalus and National Identity, Annual Conference of the Carl Justi Association, Berlin, October 27-28, 2017 (University of Zurich, Humboldt Universität).

A l’Orientale – Collecting, Displaying and Appropriating Islamic Art and Architecture in the West, Zurich, May 4-6, 2017 (University of Zurich, Museum Rietberg, Schloss Charlottenfels).

In Search of Identity. Islamic Art and Architecture after 1798, Session at the 34th Congress of German Art Historians, Dresden, March 8-12, 2017.

Islamic Art History and Archaeology in Crisis? Challenges and New Perspectives, Madrid, January 12-15, 2017 (University of Zurich, German Archaeological Institute at Madrid, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).

Artistic Dialogue during the Middle Ages. Islamic Art – Mudéjar Art, Córdoba, Casa Arabe, November 18-19, 2016 (University of Zurich, Universidad de Córdoba, Casa Arabe).

From East to West. Transmitting Islamic Aesthetics in European Architecture, Lecture Series, Zurich, September-December 2016 (University of Zurich).

The Power of Symbols. The Alhambra in a Global Context, Zurich, September 16-17, 2016 (University of Zurich).

Questioning the Concept of Mudéjar Architecture, Session, SAH 69th Annual International Conference, Pasadena/LA, April 6-10, 2016 (University of Zurich).

Medieval Tombs and their Spatial Contexts. Strategies of Commemoration in Christianity and Islam, Tubingen, February 18-20, 2016 (University of Tubingen, University of Zurich).

The Myth of the Orient. Architecture and Ornament in the Age of Orientalism, Oberhofen Castle near Thun, June 12, 2015 (University of Zurich, Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen).



A Fashionable Style. Carl von Diebitsch and the Moorish Revival, Berlin, Architekturmuseum, Technical University, October 2017.

Wilhelm Meyer and the Dream of al-Andalus, virtual exhibition on, April13, 2016.

The Myth of the Orient. A Bernese Architect in Cairo, Oberhofen Castle near Thun, June 13 2015 – October 15, 2016 (University of Zurich, Stiftung Schloss Oberhofen).

Connaisseure unterwegs. Die Reisen von Hans R. Hahnloser und Julius von Schlosser zu kulturellen Stätten im Europa der zwanziger Jahre, Bern, 2006-2007, Dr. Harald Kraemer, Agatha Rihs M.A., Dr. Francine Giese.

Der geometrische Entwurf der Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Istanbul, Berlin, Rom, Zurich, Bern, Athens, 2005-2006, 2008, Prof. Dr. V. Hoffmann, Dipl.-Ing. N. Theocharis, Dr. Francine Giese.



Munya ar-Rumaniya near Córdoba, Dr. F. Arnold (German Archaeological Institute Madrid) October 2007.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (3D Laser Scanning), Prof. Dr. V. Hoffmann (University of Bern), June-July 2004.

Pfalzkapelle in Aachen, Germany (3D Laser Scanning), Prof. Dr. V. Hoffmann (University of Bern), January 2004.

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (3D Laser Scanning), Prof. Dr. V. Hoffmann (University of Bern), September 2002.

Castle of Anet, France (3D Laser Scanning), Prof. Dr. V. Hoffmann (University of Bern), May 2002.



Editor-in-Chief of the bfo-Journal (peer reviewed, open access)

Editor-in-Chief of the online publication platform

Member of the editorial board of the new series Crossroads of European Cultures and Migrations (Peter Lang)

Member of AcademiaNet. European Expert Database of Outstanding Women in Academia

Member of the scientific committee of the University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe

Member of the scientific committee of the Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft

Member of the scientific committee of the Schweizerische Gesellschaft Mittlerer Osten und Islamische Kulturen


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