Author Bio

Besim S. Hakim, FAICP, AIA:
Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Member of the American Institute of Architects, and a degree in Urban Design from Harvard, has been researching and writing about traditional codes from the Mediterranean region since 1975. His goal is to articulate how those codes shaped the traditional built environment, so as to provide lessons and models for contemporary and future architects, urban designers, city administrators and officials, and lawyers, who are involved in formulating or revising codes. He has practiced architecture and urban design and also taught those disciplines for over two decades. He is currently working as a consultant in urban design and independent scholar. He can be reached by phone/fax: (505) 298-4711 or email: