Shahed Saleem


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Shahed Saleem is a practicing architect, and a design studio leader at the University of Westminster School of Architecture. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL working on the Survey of London’s project on the urban history of Whitechapel. His particular research and practice interests are in the architecture of migrant and post-migrant communities, and in particular their relationship to notions of heritage, belonging and nationhood. Saleem was commissioned by English Heritage to research and write the architectural and social history of the British Mosque, which is due for publication by Historic England in 2018. Through his architectural practice he has worked with faith communities for over 10 years in designing and delivering places of worship, and he regularly consults on academic and pubic projects focussing on the architecture and planning issues facing faith communities. His design work has been nominated for the V&A Jameel Prize 2013 and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2016. 

Seminars, conferences, networks

2017-01 Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland 1929-1990

Presentation of a paper on Mosques in Britain over this period, and contribute to a subsequent academic publication

Oxford University, Department for Continuing Education

2016-03 Making Suburban Faith: Architecture, creativity and the spaces of everyday faith

Presentation of a paper at the seminar and workshop, which is part of an ongoing joint research project by UCL and Royal Holloway University, Depts of Geography

2015-06 Faith and Place Network - invited panel member of an AHRC funded research project looking at the experience of faith communities and the planning process, with the objective of making planning policy recommendations 

2015-05 Institute of Historic Building Conservation, Summer School - presentation of paper on the heritage implications of mosque history

2015-05 The Architecture of Alterity, University of Edinburgh - Conference Paper presented with publication to follow (see publication list)

2014-07 The Sacred City: London, art and the religious imaginary, ACE/ASK

international conference 2014 - paper presentation in the panel, Architecture and Multiculturalism 

2014-05 Built environment, knowledge, praxis: Postcolonial conversations between Britain and India - Bartlett UCL, Symposium - paper presentation in the panel, History and the Architectural Present

2014-04 The British Association for Islamic Studies, inaugural conference, ‘Showcasing Islamic Studies in the UK’, Paper presented, ‘Mosque, architecture and heritage’, by Dr. Linda Monckton & Shahed Saleem

2008-03 UCCA (Canterbury) Guest Lecture – Lost Cities; Urbanity after apartheid - how politics, ideology and fear in South Africa shape public space and the imagination of the city.

2005-07 Tate Britain one day seminar on contemporary Islamic Art – Lecture & presentation of our work in this field


2013-10The British Mosque’, BBC Radio 4 - interviewed for a documentary on UK mosque architecture by Jonathan Glancey

2011-11 ‘Three centuries of the British Mosque’, BBC Radio 3 - interviewed for a documentary on Muslim history in Britain by Professor Humayun Ansari, (Royal Holloway College)


2015- BA Studio Leader, University of Westminster

2010-2015 Visiting Lecturer– MA Architecture & Globalisation, University of Westminster

2014 External tutor, Architectural Association 

2014-02 Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Guest critic and lecture

2012-13 Visiting lecturer, BSc Architecture, History and Theory, UCL/ Bartlett School of Architecture

2007-08 Sessional architecture design tutor at UCCA Canterbury degree school

1996-2006 Guest critic/ lecturing at various universities; Bartlett, Kingston, Westminster, London Metropolitan

Current research interests

'The British mosque, a social and architectural history' (2018) 

Writing and consulting on under-represented heritage, identity, nationhood


Disrupting Heritage: mosques as mediators of British Identity (2018)
Saleem, S. 2018. Disrupting Heritage: mosques as mediators of British Identity. in: Pandya, S. (ed.) Architecture and Nation Taylor & Francis.


Makespace Architects (2016)
Saleem, S. 2016. Makespace Architects. in: Wing, S. (ed.) Designing Sacred Spaces Routledge.
Building and Becoming: The Shahporan Mosque and the Unfolding of Muslim Visual Identity in London (2016)
Saleem, S. 2016. Building and Becoming: The Shahporan Mosque and the Unfolding of Muslim Visual Identity in London. in: Quash, B., Rosen, A. and Reddaway, C. (ed.) Visualising a Sacred City: London, Art and Religion London I.B. Tauris. pp. 205-218


The Mosque in Britain, finding its place (2014)
Saleem, S. 2014. The Mosque in Britain, finding its place. in: Verkaaik, O. (ed.) Religious Architecture: anthropological perspectives Amsterdam University Press. pp. 185-204


The British Mosque: An architectural and social history (2018)
Saleem, S. 2018. The British Mosque: An architectural and social history. Swindon Historic England.


The British Mosque 1930-1990: laying the foundations for a battle of the styles (2017)
Saleem, S. 2017. The British Mosque 1930-1990: laying the foundations for a battle of the styles. Places of Worship in Britain and Ireland 1929-1990. Oxford 27 - 29 Jan 2017


The British Mosque, a summary (2015)
Saleem, S. 2015. The British Mosque, a summary. Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Norwich 18 - 20 Jun 2015


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