An educator, scholar, humanist, and designer, Farès el-Dahdah received his undergraduate degrees in fine arts and in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and went on to pursue graduate studies in urbanism and architectural theory at Harvard University. Following a two decade long professorial track at Rice University's School of Architecture, he was appointed director of the Humanities Research Center (HRC) in 2012 and Professor of the Humanities in 2014. Along the trajectory of his career, el-Dahdah was the 2011-12 Cisneros Visiting Scholar at Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), a visiting fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA), and a recipient of the Arthur W. Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship. He is the author of Lucio Costa, Arquiteto, has written extensively on Brazil's modern architecture, and has been involved in a number of collaborative projects with Casa de Lucio Costa and Fundação Oscar Niemeyer, two Brazilian cultural foundations on the boards of which he serves. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, el-Dahdah co-led a John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures Cultures titled, Platforms of Knowledge in a Wide Web of Worlds: Production, Participation, and Politics, the purpose of which was to explore and critique how digital platforms uphold the mission of disseminating knowledge. This has led to his current research interests, which focus on developing online geospatial platforms that describe cities over time, as they existed and as they have come to be imagined. At Rice, el-Dahdah's activities extend across the university in his capacity as chair of the Rice's Information Technology Council and as a member of its Data Sciences Initiative's Programming and Search Committee, in addition to serving on the advisory panels of the university's Digital Education Committee and its Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS). As director of the HRC, el-Dahdah is involved in identifying, encouraging, and funding the research projects of faculty, visiting scholars, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as spearheading new ventures in the humanities and beyond.