Shakhboz MUSTAFAYEV

Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering, CAAL technical specialist for the Institute of Art Studies, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan team

Shahboz’s work for the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Civil Engineering and involvement with CAAL has centred on the digitising process and editing the metadata. After completing his undergraduate and graduate studies at the National Institute of Arts and Design named after Kamaliddin Behzod in the restoration of décor and applied art of architectural monuments he has been conducting doctoral research on theory and history of architecture: restoration and storage and specialises in the 3D documentation of the ornate vaults called muqarnas, at the Tashkent Architectural and Construction Institute. His passion lies in the study of the history of art of Central Asia during the Islamic period and the analysis of the geometric patterns in scrolls of the old masters as well as Arabic calligraphy. It is no surprise that his favourite monument is the Shah-i-Zinda ensemble in Samarkand with its magnificently coloured and crafted ceramic mosaics, unique history, and compositional solution. Engaging with ceramics and the development of architectural décor, especially the compilation of girih – the traditional geometric patterns on monuments. He most admires his grandfather, Akhmedov Zhura Akhmedovich, a well-known geologist who was one of the founders and developers of the Zarafshan mountain gold mine.

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