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Reception and Talk: Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives

Join AIA|DC, the Aga Khan Council for the United States, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture for the opening of Transforming Cities, Transforming Lives: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme with a reception and talk by Thompson M. Mayes, author of Why Old Places Matter. Based on his independent research, Mr. Mayes will talk about why old places—such as those that the Aga Khan Trust for Culture works to preserve—matter to people and describe ways the continued existence of old places contributes to people’s sense of well-being and their capacity to flourish.

The Aga Khan Historic Cities Program, through its projects, seeks to be a catalyst to improve quality of life by activating culture as a springboard for economic and social development. Its central objective is to improve the lives of the inhabitants of these historic areas while promoting models that will sustain these improvements.

Thompson M. Mayes is Vice President and Senior Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of articles related to preservation easements, historic house museums, and the future of historic preservation, among others. Mr. Mayes taught historic preservation law at the University of Maryland. A recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation in 2013, he is author of Why Old Places Matter (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018). Mr. Mayes received his B.A. with honors in History and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University.

The exhibition runs through March 29, 2019.