Title: Walter Gropius? His Bauhaus and what happened to German Architecture?
Speaker: Alia Fares
The Bauhaus was initiated as a publicly collective mindset first by Walter Gropius and later on included great people, such as Anni and Joseph Albers, Mies van der Rohe and Kandinsky among its leading iconic figures. These innovative thinkers and their design movement become to be known as the guiding light of Modernism and as a paradigm of Modern Art Education, where the freedom of thought and creative expression were the building pillars of this 20th century academy. The fate of this school however, was devastating as it was closed down by the Nazi regime in 1933. Yet its enduring influence remains until today and has been clearly implanted in almost every school of art and design.
Alia is an archaeologist, building historian and cultural heritage guide for the ministry of Tourism. She finished her first degree at the American University of Beirut and continued her Masters at the university of Bonn at the department of Classical Archaeology. During the summer since then, She has participated in and led excavations in various parts of the country, such as Baalbeck, Byblos, Sir el Dunniyeh, Tell Arqa and Beirut. Alia has also participated in excavations in Germany, Egypt, Syria and Jordan.
In 2007, she returned permanently to Lebanon to begin her Ph. D. Her research focuses on the Archaeology and Architecture of Roman temples, specifically those who's function has been altered over the centuries from pagan sanctuaries to Christian churches/basilicas.
Alia Fares has been a lecturer at various universities since 2011 for History of Architecture and is heading an excavation project in Tripoli for the Department of Antiquities. She also is a board member and a cultural heritage consultant for the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association as well as freelance tour guide, having taken Karaz w Laimoon groups to various cultural sites in Lebanon.