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H. Masud Taj

Adjunct Professor



    Adjunct Professor H. Masud Taj writes of his studios/seminars in his “Recollections of an Unconventional Pedagogy” published in the volume celebrating Carleton University’s 75th anniversary. He was mentored by architect Hasan Fathy in Egypt and worked with Charles Correa in India. He is the architect of the War Memorial in Bombay. His book Nari Gandhi (apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright) is in Carleton University’s Archives & Research Collections. He has conversed with Arthur Erickson on the stage of The National Gallery of Canada.

    He presented his research on the Rahel (Qur’an bookstand) at: SVA, NY; Aga Khan University, England; NSA, Pakistan; CEPT, India and IIUM, Malaysia. He discovered an undocumented text concealed in Metropolitan Museum’s 700-year-old Rahel. He lectures on Muslim civilizations at the Centre for Initiatives in Education. In 2018, he went on a two-month round-the-world lecture-tour (without a cellphone), giving 16 talks in 13 cities.

    He features in Reasons for Belonging: Fourteen Contemporary Indian Poets (Penguin) and in Portraits of Canadian Writers (Porcupine’s Quill, 2016). His Alphabestiary (exegesis by Bruce Meyer) featured at the International Festival of Authors, Toronto (2011). He was a Leacock Medal judge (2019).

    His calligraphic Embassy of Liminal Spaces, a permanent installation at the Canadian Chancery, Bangalore, was inducted in the Library of Parliament, Ottawa. He has exhibited his Italic work in Ottawa, Mumbai, and Sydney and presented his Arabic polyhedral calligraphy in Isfahan.

    He received the Capital Educators Award and CUSA Award in Teaching Excellence and has been quoted by TIME and CBC.