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Our collections include a variety of resources including photographs, images, maps, documents, and more. The non-exhaustive list below provides examples of our collections, categorized by type. All collections are available to students, faculty, researchers, and scholars at the Aga Khan Documentation Center.


Aga Khan Visual Archive

The Aga Khan Visual Archive (AKVA) combines both a legacy collection and new materials. The legacy archive contains nearly 120,000 slides and digital images of architecture, urbanism, and the built environment of Muslim societies, donated by graduate students traveling on AKPIA Travel Grants, scholars, and architectural firms. As of 2016, AKVA contains all born digital AKDC materialĀ  documenting historic and contemporary sites, including some no longer extant.


Architects’ Archives

Rifat Chadirji Archive

Mohamed Makiya Archive

Hisham Munir Archive

Ali Tayar Archive


Scholars’ Archives

Marilyn Jenkins-Madina Archive

Yasser Tabbaa Archive


Specialized collections

Bing & Harrington Balkan Archives

A collection of photographs, drawings, exhibition panels, travel records, published papers, collected books and articles focused on the vernacular architecture of the Balkans.

Isfahan Urban History Project

Archive of slides, negatives, field notes, original drawings, plans, maps, photos, notes, and drafts documenting the development of Isfahan, Iran, from the time of the Buyid dynasty by Dr. Lisa Golombek and Dr. Renata Holod.

Timurid Architecture Research Archive


Contact us for more information on these collections or our complete holdings.