International Center for the Development of Islamic Art and Architecture [C-DIA]


Scope Overview

C-DIA is R&D center that is concerned with the integration between theory and practice in Islamic Arts and Architecture. Therefore this center will consist of three main sectors: Academic learning (research), workshops (factory) and the international consulting office.


  • Desire, conceive, and create new buildings for the future that will combine architecture, art and technology and reflect the identity of Islamic art and architecture in a single form.

  • To be a combined center for research in Islamic art and architecture, crafts school and a design and manufacturing platform.

  • To merge the craft tradition with modern technology.

  • To train artist-designers in a modern manner.

  • To create a new guild of craftsmen, without the class distinctions which raise an arrogant barrier between craftsmen and artists.

  • To reunite art and craft to arrive at high-end functional products with artistic pretensions.