Trained as an architect at the New Jersey Institute of Technology before joining the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture at MIT and completing his PhD at NYU’s Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Elshahed’s multidisciplinary scholarship and practice focus on the history of modernism in Egypt through architecture, images, and objects. As the Modern Egypt Project curator at the British Museum he built a new collection of material culture from the past century in Egypt to be part of the museum’s permanent collection. He is the curator of Egypt’s medal winning pavilion “Modernist Indignation” at the 2018 London Design Biennale and Cairo Now! City Incomplere at the 2016 Dubai Design Week featuring 65 Egyptian designers. Elshahed is the author of the forthcoming book (June 2019) Cairo Since 1900: An Architectural Guide, published by the American University in Cairo Press.