Tamayouz Excellence Award

TAMAYOUZ EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR IRAQI GRADUATION PROJECTS 2018 – WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT

Tamayouz Excellence Award is delighted to announce the winners of the seventh cycle of its Iraqi Graduation Projects Award. This award aims to reward Iraq’s young talent by recognising excellence in architectural design and education by highlighting the country’s best graduation projects and supporting academics and institutions that work to advance architectural education in Iraq and promote a culture of excellence.

The Iraqi Graduation Projects category witnessed the participation of 268 students from across 17 Iraqi architecture schools and departments. Out of the 159 submissions, 20 projects were shortlisted before being reviewed by the members of the Tamayouz judging panel.

The jury panel included: Ben Flippance, design director for IDP Group, UK; Dr Caecilia Pieri, associate researcher at the French Institute of the Near-East (IFPO), Lebanon; Katherine McNeil, course director of architecture at Coventry University, UK; Muthar Al-Salloum, managing director of MAS architecture, UK; Prisca Arosio, architect and urbanist at BASTA Urbanism, the Netherlands; Rana Aytug, researcher and PhD candidate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK; Steve Austin, head of Energy Construction and Environment School at Coventry University, UK; and Turath Jamil, architect and researcher at the Sorbonne University, France.

 

The members of the jury panel were selected for their expertise and experience, ensuring a wide range of disciplines in architecture, landscape, urbanism, engineering and art were represented. Held on 3 October 2018 at the Engineering, Environment and Computing Building at Coventry University in Coventry, England, the one-day event provided an exceptional opportunity for interactive discussion and constructive debate, which culminated in selecting the winner of this year’s cycle, which was followed by a critical discussion regarding the award’s assessment criteria and recommendations for the 2019 edition of the Tamayouz International Graduation Projects Award.

The winners of Tamayouz International Award 2018


The winners’ selection and ranking are based on the judging panel’s unanimous decision on all entries.

The Winner
The first prize winner of Tamayouz Excellence Award’s Iraqi Graduation Projects 2018 is Fatima Jamal Almoqdady from the University of Baghdad for her “Cultural renewal of Al-Madrasah Al-Mustansirya Area”, which was supervised by Dr. Sajida Kadhum.

Judging Panel Comment:
“This is a brave project that successfully rises to the challenge of working with the historic context and organic grain. We applaud the positive balance between conservation and revitalisation of an ancient neighbourhood. We were impressed with the rigorous and thorough research, which sees real maturity and informs the intimate relationships with the existing urban fabric.

“Whilst the quality of the project’s visual communication is not at the same level of its intelligent and sensitive physical solution, we found that it withstood sustained questioning from the jury panel. We would like to see this project developed further and include a review of the waterfront edge to create a lighter and more natural connection with the river. We can envisage the proposal becoming a reality — perhaps a prototype of one of the spaces can become a live project.

“The sensitivity of urban connections and careful decisions on the relationships between form and space promote dialogue and debate between inhabitants. The highly connected and inventive details, such as the elegant way the project promotes movement and interaction through the use of shading devices, create an exemplary programme model for vibrant city life in hot-climate locations.”

Fatima Jamal Almoqdady from the University of Baghdad for her “Cultural renewal of Al-Madrasah Al-Mustansiryia Area”

Second Place
The second prize goes to Deema Al-Yahya from the University of Petra in Amman for her graduation project, “Development of the great mosque Al-Nuri campus – Mosul Old City”. This project was supervised by Raid Essoh.

Judging Panel Comment:
“The jury applauds this project for its elegance and the daring efficiency of its message. We commend the sensitivity in the appropriate use of local materials, which gives the project a strong meaning and focus.

“The jury debated the quality and the scale of the proposed adjacent public space to the minaret, and considered it needs further thought and development relative to the climatic response and detailed articulation.

“We see this refined proposal inspiring future projects through the research focused approach. The direct connection between research, observation and creativity has created a refined project with depth, richness and clarity.”

Deema Al-Yahya from the University of Petra in Amman for her graduation project, “Development of the great mosque Al-Nuri campus – Mosul Old City”

Third Place
The third prize goes to Hawra Rahim from the University of Technology in Baghdad for her project, “Knowledge Centre in Mosul University”. This project was supervised by Dr Anwar Ramadan.

Judging Panel Comment:
“An ambitious and visceral response, this project captures a significant moment in history. We enjoyed the clarity and originality of the diagram which shows the connection between the event and the proposal, and conveys the reality of the architectural proposal. The street image is captivating and provocative.

“However, the architectural resolution is excessively expressed and the sculptural architecture overwhelms the quality of the idea. The application of parametric architectural language was debated and we wondered how the project would transform with a lighter ‘touch’. Nevertheless, we appreciate the courage and conviction of the project, and strongly celebrate the powerful programme of a knowledge centre, with education as a fundamental path to the future. This is a worthy winner which we are sure will stimulate architectural debate.”

Hawra Rahim from the University of Technology in Baghdad for her project, “Knowledge Centre in Mosul University”

Honourable Mentions

 

Honourable Mention: Momin Al-Mola from Mosul University for “Rising from Ashes”. This project was supervised by Hatim Al-Sofi.

Judging Panel Comment:
“This project is highly relevant given the total destruction of one of the most significant Iraqi cultural landmarks. It gives a clearly articulated response and successful architectural collage of references, which mirror the cultural and religious diversity of Mosul.

“This project is elegant, refined and sophisticated in several aspects. It is also very well proportioned and integrated into the urban landscape. There is a good balance between the traditional decorative repertoire and the simplicity of modern architectural volumes. The beautiful drawings efficiently communicate ambiance and space.

“We encourage further reflection on the project narrative through the use of the symbolic references chosen. maybe by making a clearer statement about what the visitor should perceive through these symbols.”

Honourable Mention: Haider Ghassan from Al-Farabi University in Baghdad for his graduation project, “Artists village in tabat Al-kurd”, which was supervised by Saher Mohammed Qasim Al-Kaissi.

Judging Panel Comment:
“A promising project. We enjoyed the exploration of the conceptual idea, and recognise the fundamental need for a vibrant artistic and creative endeavour in Baghdad.

“The strong social and contextual relevance within the city is positive through consideration of the traditional urban fabric and architecture. The resolution is sensitive in scale, but we find the translation of architectural details too literal, and the direct quote of some contemporary references are not clearly justified.

“We encourage the discovery of a new contemporary vocabulary through creative interpretation of the local vernacular, perhaps through exploring materiality and pattern to bring more sophistication to an interesting project.”

Haider Ghassan from Al-Farabi University in Baghdad for his graduation project, “Artists village in tabat Al-kurd”

Honourable Mention: Momen Masood from Mosul University for his project “The Panorama of Mosul Memory”, which was supervised by Dr Duha Alqzaz.

Judging Panel Comment:
“This is an ambitious and monumental architectural project, which we commend for the rigor in execution through all scales, particularly through the plan, and for the excellent presentation
“A building that can be considered a ‘jewel’ and we enjoyed the restraint and calmness of the interior perspectives.

“We debated, at length, the use of symbolism in the circular form which we found to be problematic within the existing urban context of Mosul. The sheer intensity of the architecture is overwhelming and we had difficulty understanding the numerous forms, layers and details.”

Momen Masood from Mosul University for his project “The Panorama of Mosul Memory”

Honourable Mention: Sara Abdulmageed Muhammad from the University of Duhok for her project, “Institute of teaching and developing sports skills”. this graduation project was supervised by Aram Omer.

Judging Panel Comment:
“Highly relevant and responsive in terms of social need, this project demonstrates a positive sense of place and public engagement with the surrounding landscape.

The architectural resolution is balanced and harmonious — it has a human scale, is well proportioned and rigorous in the use and application of architectural language. The systematic and skilful application of small forms creates an interesting balance between solids and voids.

“Whilst the project is more typological, not specific to place, and lacks local references, it has a positive environmental impact through use of green spaces, and appropriate scale.”

Sara Abdulmageed Muhammad from the University of Duhok for her project, “Institute of teaching and developing sports skills”

Honourable Mention: Hussain Al-hi from the University of Basrah for his graduation project “Sustainable residential complex in Basra”. this graduation project was supervised by Dr Amjad Almusaed.

Judging Panel Comment:
“We commend the ambition and desire to bring people together by creating shared public spaces of varying scales and levels of intimacy. The project is ambitious with a strong commitment to pattern. The detailed housing studies are commended.

“However, we encourage a reflection and critical analysis to review the implications of the building form and connect the articulation between concept, context and meaning.”

Hussain Al-hi from the University of Basrah for his graduation project “Sustainable residential complex in Basra”

Honourable Mention: Zainab Khayyat from the University of Petra in Amman for her graduation project, “The forgotten part of the Holy Land / Ajloun Resort”, which was supervised by Dr Hadeer Merza.

Judging Panel Comment:
“The programme supports the potential for responsible tourism through a strong and respectful relationship with the natural topography, a positive contrast to existing development. The human scale of the project is commended.

“We also commend the use of local materials and the successful translation from traditional forms which avoids pastiche. However, we envisage a development that would harmonise its relationship with the surrounding context and promote social interaction.”

Zainab Khayyat from the University of Petra in Amman for her graduation project, “The forgotten part of the Holy Land / Ajloun Resort”

Honourable Mention: Aryan Muheddin from Ishik University in Erbil for his graduation project “Resurrection of Erbil landfill”. This entry was supervised by Muhammad Sabeeh.

Judging Panel Comment:
“The project is relevant and eco-responsible toward its social context in terms of urban living, recycling and reuse. It responds to social conditions and local challenges through its appreciation of the need to conserve natural resources.

“The project is inviting for visitors through its educational purpose and raises public awareness, but the conflicting use of two different architectural languages is confusing for the building’s identity. Perhaps there could be a fusion between the two, and a stronger articulation with the surrounding landscape.

Aryan Muheddin from Ishik University in Erbil for his graduation project “Resurrection of Erbil landfill”

The Hisham Munir Award for the Iraqi Academic of the Year 2018
The Hisham Munir Award (previously known as Supervisor of the Year Award) goes to Dr Salahaddin Yasin from Salahaddin University – Erbil for his supervision, support and encouragement to three shortlisted entries in the top 20 of the Tamayouz Excellence Award for Iraqi Graduation Projects 2018.

The Tamayouz Iraqi Architecture School of the year Award
The Iraqi Architecture School of the Year Award 2018 goes to Mosul University, which is responsible for two honourable mentions.

Mosul University receives the Tamayouz Iraqi Architecture School Award 2018

Tamayouz Excellence Award founder, Ahmed Al-Mallak said:
“Our warmest congratulations to the winners, supervisors, honourable mentions and architecture schools for their outstanding achievements in the Tamayouz Excellence Award for Iraqi Graduation Projects 2018. Many of the projects in our Top 20 list show a positive shift this year, with more clarity, rigor and a holistic sense of place. It is great to see how previous cycles and cooperation with institutions has resulted in a positive change.”

The prizes for the 2018 Tamayouz International Award are:
1st Prize: An MSc Scholarship for one year at Coventry University + Flight and Accommodation for Ceremony + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate.

2nd Prize: A 3 month paid internship (Accommodation + Salary) at Dewan Architects and Engineers in Dubai + Flight and Accommodation for Ceremony + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate.

3rd Prize: A 3 month paid internship (Accommodation + Salary) at Dewan Architects and Engineers in Dubai + Flight and Accommodation for Ceremony + Tamayouz Medal + Certificate.

Honourable Mentions: Certificates.

The Hisham Munir Award for the Iraqi Academic of the Year: Tamayouz Medal + Certificate + Flight and Accommodation for Ceremony

Tamayouz University of the Year: A Tamayouz Medallion

This award and the meeting for the judges was made possible through the support of our generous sponsors: The Iraqi Business Council in Jordan, Kufa – Makiya Charity, Coventry University, Dewan Architects + Engineers, United Nations Global Compact, Tradex Global ltd, Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects and IDP Group – Coventry.

Previous winners of the Tamayouz Excellence Award for Iraqi graduation projects are: Anwar Sabah Abbas – University of Technology (2012), Khalid Riadh – University of Technology (2013) and Redha Hassan – University of Technology (2014), Waad Durzi – London South Bank University (2015) Ahmed Badr – Alnahrain University (2016) and Nizar Razak Baghdad University (2017).

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