Tamayouz Excellence Award's grand jury
HONORARY CHAIRPERSON OF THE 2012 GRAND JURY.
CHAIRED THE INAUGURAL TAMAYOUZ EXCELLENCE AWARD JURY
Zaha Hadid, the founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She is internationally known for her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over 30 years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Zaha’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions. Zaha was the chairperson of the Inaugural Tamayouz Excellence Award and Zaha Hadid Architects was a sponsor of the award.
co-Chair of the 2022 Grand JurY - member since 2017
Dr Wendy Pullan is a professor of architecture and urban studies at the University of Cambridge, where she is also director of the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research. From 2014 to 2017, she served as head of the university’s department of architecture. Pullan has published a number of works that explore European and Middle Eastern architecture and cities, examining the processes of urban heritage, conflict and change – both historical and contemporary. Additionally, she has provided advisory work on issues related to divided cities, urban uncertainty and conflicts in the Middle East.
co-CHAIR OF THE 2022 GRAND JURY- member since 2014
An Iraqi architect, academic and professor of landscape architecture at the American University of Beirut, president of the Lebanese Landscape Association and co-founder of Unit 44. Winner of Tamayouz’s award for Women in Architecture and Construction in 2013, Dr Jala is also a senior fellow at the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People. Her professional and academic expertise includes postwar recovery, energy-efficient site planning, landscape heritage conservation and sustainable urban greening.
HONORARY CHAIRPERSON OF THE 2019 GRAND JURY.
member since 2019
Internationally celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi started his career in 1964. Today, his art is exhibited all over the world, including at the Museums of Modern Art in Baghdad, Damascus and Tunis; British Museum, Tate, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and Colas Foundation in Paris; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; and the World Bank. Azzawi designed the Rifat Chadirji Prize statuette, a sculpture inspired by the architect’s work, and produced 25 sculptures as a gift to Tamayouz in appreciation of Chadirji’s cultural role in the Arab world.
HONORARY CHAIRPERSON OF THE 2018 & 2017 GRAND JURies.
member since 2016
An award-winning Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran, founder of regional architecture practice Dar Al-Omran, has long been considered a pioneer of modern Islamic architecture. He received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995 for his project the Great Mosque of Riyadh. Dr Rasem has built an extensive portfolio of more than 400 reputable projects across the Middle East that span the religious, cultural, educational and hospitality sectors, as well as residential, commercial and healthcare. He is the 2019 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Member SINCE 2012
Dr Khaled Al-Sultany is a Published Award Winning Architect and Academic, received his PhD in Architecture from the Moscow Architecture Institute, Russia.
A professor of Architecture at Baghdad University in Iraq and Al-Balqaa Applied University in Jordan. He headed the Institute for Islamic Art and Architecture Al-al-Bayt University, Jordan. Dr Al-Sultany designed many buildings in Iraq and Jordan. From 2012 to 2014 he was a researcher at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture – Denmark.
Member SINCE 2019
Palestinian architect and academic Nadia Habash is the director of Habash Consulting Engineers and an adjunct lecturer at Birzeit University. She is the Head of the Engineers Association in Palestine and was a city councillor in Ramallah, during which her main aim was to preserve the cultural heritage of the city. Habash was highly commended for Tamayouz’s Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 2018.
Member SINCE 2015
The head of Energy Construction and Environment School at Coventry University, Steve Austin has over 14 years of teaching experience. He completed his BA (Hons) in architecture at Portsmouth University in 1993 before obtaining his postgraduate certificate in education at Keele University. He also has a master’s in construction management from Coventry University. He started teaching at Moulton College in 2001 and was promoted to subject manager before he joined Coventry University’s faculty in 2006.
Member SINCE 2016
SVP and director of the Technical Core Team at the renowned PM consultant Hill International since September 2008, where he supports the master and urban planning programme and design of major projects and developments throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North Africa. Ogaily earned his B.Arch. degree from the University of Baghdad and MSc. Arch. CEM from Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL. Ogaily founded Archicenter Consultants – Iraq in 1970. The firm expanded to Kuwait in 1973, London in 1982 and Beirut in 1994. The firm was awarded important state project through design competitions in Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE and Oman.
Member SINCE 2012
Ali Naji is a consultant engineer and the CEO of Najmat Al-Sharq, a property development company that specialises in housing. Ali has 38 years of actual construction experience in Iraq and the Middle East.
Member SINCE 2012
A chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the owner of the London based Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects . He specialises in the high-end market, designed projects in several countries including England, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Nigeria and Brazil.
Member SINCE 2016
Ben Flippance is the design director for IDP Group, providing a design-emphasised focus for a practice working across many industry sectors. Ben works in the conceptualisation and detailed design stages across architecture, urban design and landscape design bringing together a non-cellular approach to major urban masterplans and urban architecture projects. Ben studied at Oxford Brookes, Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and is a visiting tutor and architectural advisory board member at Coventry University’s architecture school.
Member SINCE 2020
Davide Ponzini is associate professor of urban planning at Politecnico di Milano and the director of the Tau-lab research group. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris, and visiting professor at TU Munich. His research activity focuses on planning theory, urban and cultural policy and contemporary architecture. He is co-author (with the photographer Michele Nastasi) of Starchitecture, and co-editor (with Harvey Molotch) of The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress. His last book is titled Transnational Architecture and Urbanism. Rethinking How Cities Plan, Transform, and Learn.
Member SINCE 2019
The recipient of Tamayouz Excellence Award’s prize for Women in Architecture in 2018 in the Rising star category, Dr Ebtissam Farid Moustapha is the co-founder of ENCODE. The practice is a multidisciplinary design studio that offers architectural, interior and product design services that investigate various digital and physical computational tools to explore opportunities of innovative designs that depend on cutting edge technologies and challenge the conventional model of design production in Egypt. In addition, she is an associate professor at The Knowledge Hub _ Coventry University UK in the New Capital Cairo. Recently, Ebtissam was included on the 2019 power list of the 50 most influential architects from the Middle East, published by Middle East Architect magazine. She also won Egypt’s State’s Excellence Award for 2019.
Member SINCE 2020
Mohammad Gharipour is professor and director of the Architecture Graduate Program at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. He has received many grants and awards including Hamad Bin Khalifa Fellowship in Islamic Art (2007), the Spiro Kostof Fellowship Award from the Society of Architectural Historians (2008), National Endowment in Humanities (2015), Fulbright-Hays (2016), Foundation for Landscape Studies (2016), Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (2016), American Institute of Architects (2018), Fullbright (2019), and National Institute of Health (2020). Dr Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) and the author and editor of eleven books, including Bazaar in the Islamic City (American University of Cairo Press, 2012), Persian Gardens and Pavilions (I.B. Tauris, 2013), and Architectural Dynamics in Pre-Revolutionary Iran (Intellect, 2019).
Member SINCE 2014
Fernando Olba is an award-winning Spanish architect and the principal of Fernando Olba Arquitectura y Ubanismo, a Valencia-based practice. He studied at the Polytechnic University before receiving his master’s in architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He worked with Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, a period of time during which he led the design team on the City of Art and Sciences. His international experience includes lectures at several institutions, such as the School of Architecture at USC in LA, AIA Pasadena and Foothill and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.
Member SINCE 2018
Felipe Samarán Saló has been the dean of the Architecture School at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria since 2006, and he has taught architecture since 2002. Architect by ETSAM, he previously worked with Alberto Campo Baeza, with whom he worked on the Caja General de Ahorros de Granada, and many other buildings between 1997 and 2002.
FUAD AL KINDI
Member SINCE 2021
Fuad Al Kindi is an Architect and the President of the Oman Society of Engineers. He studied Architectural Engineering at the University of Miami before receiving his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College – University of London.
Al Kindi has decades of experience working on mega projects in both public and private sectors such as the new Military Hospital at Salalah, managing the Construction Stage of Al-Duqm Airport.
In 1998 he co-founded Ibn Khaldun Almadaen Engineering Consultants which he still manages until today.
Fuad is active with NGOs in Oman such as OSE, Association for Welfare of Handicapped Children and Bilarab Bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design.
Member SINCE 2019
Dr Deyala Tarawneh is an architect and urbanist concerned in topics related to smart cities, mobility and achieving spatial justice and gender equality in cities. She holds a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Studies obtained from the University of Birmingham, UK. Deyala is the former head of the architecture department at the University of Jordan.
She is also the counsellor and advisor for the Women In Engineering affinity group as part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Deyala is a founding member and currently treasure for the Watershed and Development Initiative (WADI) funded by the United States Forestry Service to advance water conservation and land stewardship practices to build resilient communities and healthy watersheds across Jordan.
Member SINCE 2018
Based in Dubai, Firas Hnoosh is a design director and tall buildings expert. With over 20 years of professional design experience, Hnoosh was most recently the principal and design director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. He’s also held positions at Gensler and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he developed a focus on high rise buildings and high density developments. Hnoosh advocates and promotes a design approach to create holistic architecture by designing buildings that respond to their context. Some of his projects include The Lexicon Tower in Central London, Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, and the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.
Member SINCE 2012
Jerome Goyard was born in Paris in 1980.
During his studies in Paris-Malaquais school of Architecture, he spent one year on a research program in India about Indo-islamic architecture and urbanism of the old city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. After getting his diploma, he worked for one year at Shigeru Ban Architects Europe in the Centre Pompidou of Paris. Since 2010 he is the head of the competition pole of Fevre and Gaucher architects in Paris.
Member SINCE 2017
The Sylvia K. Hassenfeld professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at Brandeis University, Kanan Makiya was born in Baghdad; however, he left Iraq to study architecture at M.I.T. He later joined Makiya Associates to design and build projects in the Middle East. In 1981, he left the practice of architecture and began writing a book about Iraq. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989) became a best-seller after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Kanan’s next book, The Monument (1991), was an essay on the aesthetics of power and kitsch. Kanan has been profiled in many books and publications including The New Yorker (Jan 6, 1992) and The New York Times Magazine (Oct.7, 2007).
Member SINCE 2012
Architect and Academic at Coventry University, Katherine McNeil’s work includes community development projects in Nepal, Ghana, Uganda, the Philippines and the UK. Katherine’s experience includes projects such as the Patient Hotel for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and affordable housing in Westminster, London for Circle. Her special interests include appropriate design and grass roots community development
Member SINCE 2018
Kathy Basheva is a London-based RIBA-chartered architect with experience in the Far and Middle East, Europe and the UK. Kathy brings a unique international understanding and design flair to her work. She is a regular external critic at the Bauhaus school of architecture and has been invited as a critic to the AA, UCL Bartlett and UEL. Kathy is also the head of development and education at the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).
Member SINCE 2017
Chairman of one of the most well-established practices in the Middle East, Dewan Architects + Engineers, Mohamed Al-Assam is considered one of the most influential architects in the region. Since establishing Dewan more than 30 years ago in Abu Dhabi, he has expanded the firm’s presence across the region and beyond with recently opened offices in Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to Dewan, he is an active speaker and debater, and contributes often to public and professional forums.
Member SINCE 2015
Iraqi-born, British and RIBA-chartered architect, Muthar Al-Salloum is the co-founder and managing director of MAS architecture. He’s also an RIBA East Midlands architecture ambassador and a member of the Construction Excellence Council in the UK. His award-winning practice, which specialises in various sectors, has completed a number of large and small-scale commercial, education, residential, mixed-use and heritage projects. Having scooped up multiple awards such as a RICS East Midland Award (2019) for best sustainable residential development, and a Procon East Midland Award (2018) for larger residential scheme of the year and best heritage and building conservation scheme of the year, MAS has solidified its position as a player in the forefront of the architecture industry.
Member SINCE 2019
Nahed Jawad moved to London from Damascus in 2006 when she joined Zaha Hadid Architects. She worked closely with Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, under whose tutelage she completed her master’s in architecture and urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2010. In 2019, she completed her PhD in architectural design from the Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to teaching at Central Saint Martins, she also heads her namesake studio, Nahed Jawad Architects.
SILAN YIP LEVELLE
member since 2020
Silan Yip Levelle is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Coventry University and a member of the American Institute of Architects. She has extensive global experience in housing, large-scale mixed-use developments, and urban planning with projects in China, UAE, USA, and the UK. Silan is also on the Governing Board for the Courtyard School in London, a free school for pupils with special educational needs. She works with the Courtyard to develop their teaching and learning spaces to support the best outcomes for the students. Silan received her M.Arch from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida.
Member 2014 - 2017
Marc Glaudemans is the director of mobility, economy and internationalisation for the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. He was previously a professor of regional and urban strategies at Fontys Academy of Architecture and Urbanism in Tilburg, as well as its dean. In 2006, Marc founded Stadslab European Urban Design Laboratory, which has developed into an acknowledged think-tank and international urban design laboratory with a track record of programmes in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. He is also a board member of INTA (International Urban Development Association).
PHILIP MICHAEL WOLFSON
member since 2016
After studying architecture at Cornell University in Ithica, New York, American designer and architect Philip Michael Wolfson attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he met Zaha Hadid. After completing his studies, he spent 10 years as head of design with Hadid and in 1991, he established his own studio. He has worked throughout Europe and the US on residential interiors and functional art pieces, which have been shown at leading international art and design exhibitions, galleries and public venues all over the world.
Member since 2018
Prisca Arosio holds a master’s degree in architecture, building and planning from the Technical University of Eindhoven, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Politecnico di Milano. Her roots are in designing processes that inter-cross architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. She participates in the organisation of the AA visiting school and the House of Politics, and she collaborates on a number of large-scale urban projects with Amsterdam-based studio BASTA Urbanism.
member since 2018
Professor Lucelia Rodrigues is the chair in sustainable and resilient cities at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham. Her work is very cross-disciplinary, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. She is particularly interested in the resilience of communities and buildings in a changing climate and has been involved in several projects focused on different aspects of sustainability, particularly energy, carbon management and comfort. She is the director of the Transport, Mobility and Cities at Nottingham initiative and the MArch in architecture and sustainable design programme.
Member since 2020
Professor Shaban Taha is a professor of architecture and the former vice dean and dean at the Shoubra Faculty of Engineering at Benha University, where he was also the vice president. Dr Shaban is a dedicated and resourceful academic and researcher, who has years of well-honed teaching experience, as well as experience in educational institution administration and architecture and heritage publishing. He has long participated and headed several competitions, both national and international, in addition to his many years of practicing architecture and urban design.
member since 2017
Rana Aytug is a researcher and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in the UK, through a scholarship jointly granted from the CTPSR and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Her research interests are focused around youth civic engagement, urban diversity and peace-building. Rana holds a master’s degree in spatial planning from the German Jordanian University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Applied Science Private University in Jordan. Rana’s work experience spans across architecture, spatial planning and community and youth development.
Member since 2015
Sebastian Hicks is a qualified architect with a track record of prize-winning designs for high and low-tech sustainable living solutions. One of his notable projects is housing for forestry workers in Northern Argentina. He is founder of The Imaginary Rock, a social enterprise that develops community-led interventions in culturally diverse and sensitive locations across London. His research specialisation is in capacity building for natural hazards, and he lectures in humanitarian engineering and architecture.
member since 2019
Stefanos Adamakis is a partner at Adamakis Architects & Associates, Architectural Design and Construction Office, as well as a lecturer on the restoration and reuse of listed buildings. Having obtained his diploma of architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Stefanos is currently in the process of completing his PhD in building technology and energy consumption from the University of Thessaly. He is also an associate of the Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation for the surveying and recording of pre-industrial buildings in Pelion.
Member since 2021
Ahmadreza is an architect, urbanist, academic and experimental photographer based in the UK, and teaches at the School of Energy, Construction and Environment at Coventry University. He is a member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has contributed to the British and Iranian journals, papers and magazines such as The Guardian, Architectural Review, ICE Publishing, Art 21, Underline, Round City, and AMPS, as writer, editor, expert commentator, translator and photographer. His research interests revolve around politics of space, urban sociology, and urban and architectural history and theory.
member since 2015
An award-winning Egyptian architect and Urban Researcher. She trained in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Cambridge (MPhil) and the University of Bath (BSc Hons). She is a practising architect at Foster + Partners, gaining a diverse portfolio of multidisciplinary community, urban and cultural projects from her experience of working at internationally renowned architectural and research studios.
She is the co-founder of Kommune Studio, a design think-tank which focuses on creating the community-based social design as an intermediary dialogue between urban citizens and Urban Policy.
Her work on the Coptic Zaballeen Community in Cairo and the innovation of Conventual systems was awarded a Distinction and was nominated for the RIBA Silver President’s Medal Award, the European Architectural Medal for Best Diploma Project Award and was a winner of the RIBAJ Eyeline Drawing Competition where her thesis drawings were published in the RIBA Journal magazine and exhibited in the RIBA headquarters around the UK.
member since 2019
Mahmoud Obaidi (b. 1966, Baghdad) is an Iraqi-Canadian artist whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. After leaving Iraq in 1991, he obtained his master’s of fine arts at the University of Guelph in Canada, & completed diplomas in new media and film from Toronto & Los Angeles, respectively. His work has been exhibited extensively, including at MoMA ps1/ NYC / British museum – London / Venice Biennale / Qatar museums gallery, Doha / matha: Arab museum of modern art-Doha / Saatchi Gallery – London / the national museum of Bahrain / the Institut du monde Arabe – Paris / the national gallery of fine arts – Amman / station museum of contemporary art – texas & the musée d’art Contemporain de Baie-saint-paul – Quebec, among others. His work is part of the permanent collection of several significant museums, foundations, & private collections. Curated more than 40 shows in different spaces around the world including Saatchi gallery – Nabu museum. Architect of fire station artist in residency – Doha Qatar & Nabu museum – Lebanon.
member since 2019
Dr Saad M Naji is Deputy Chairman and General Secretary of the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan and Head of the Social, Cultural and Entrepreneurship Committee. Dr Saad Naji retains and manages several investments through the Al-Naji Holding Group. He has long believed in the importance of corporate social responsibility. He believes that supporting civil societies is an ethical and social duty that must be exercised by companies in their day-to-day operations; hence, he has contributed to the establishment of a number of professional organisations that have worked to support their communities.
Member since 2018
He obtained his BA in architecture in 1972 and worked at Rifat Chadirji’s Iraq Consult. He won first place in the competition to design The Martyr’s Monument in Baghdad with the Iraqi sculptor Ismail Al-Turk, and they were assigned to design and supervise the execution. Established his own office “Architectural Composition Group” in Baghdad in 1980.
He moved to work in Jordan in 1995 with Sigma Consulting Engineers as director of the design department and director of the tourism development project for the eastern coast of the Dead Sea. He also headed the team for the conservation and tourism development projects for the historic cities of Madaba and Petra in Jordan with the support of the World Bank.
In 2005 he established his firm in Jordan and has projects in Iraq Jordan and Africa.
Members of previous Tamayouz EXCELLENCE AWARD's Grand Juries
Ammar Khammash is a Jordanian architect, photographer, designer and artist. He has completed several large-scale renovations of ancient structures and churches throughout Jordan. He obtained a BA in architecture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in the United States in 1986, and he studied ethnoarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmuk University in Irbid, Jordan in 1987 and 1988. Later, Ammar established Ammar Khammash Architects, a practice in Amman that encompasses architecture, landscape management, building design and interior design.
ANGELA BRADY OBE
member 2013 - 2017
Past President of the RIBA, Angela Brady is the director of the award-winning practice Brady Mallalieu Architects. Angela is also a design champion and television broadcaster.
Dr Caecilia Pieri is an associate researcher at the French Institute of the Near-East (IFPO) in Beirut, Lebanon. She has authored and co-authored several books on the modern architectural and urban heritage of Baghdad. Dr Caecilia is a member of ICOMOS – International and DOCOMOMO – Lebanon, and she is also an expert at UNESCO (World Heritage) for the modern heritage in the Arab World.
Ben Maltby is the global shelter and infrastructure lead for Save the Children USA, developing technical solutions and leading teams responding to humanitarian crises around the world. A civil engineer by profession, he has a background in major commercial and civil development projects, and as a qualified lecturer, he has taught at universities in the UK and China. Ben was awarded a service medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II for his work in responding to the Ebola Outbreak of 2014 and 2015 in West Africa. He has also received CEO awards from Save the Children for two consecutive years. Ben was also the former apprentice to the president of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.
An architect and member of German Architects‘ Chamber of North-Rheine-Westphalia, Niran Banna graduated from the architecture department at the University of Baghdad. She is currently a practising architect and leader of large spatial planning projects across the Middle East and North Africa, which she works on in close collaboration with a German team. Niran has written several articles about Iraqi spatial planning issues.
Founder of Manhal Habbobi Consultants, Iraqi architect Manhal Habbobi runs offices in cities across the Middle East and greater region, including Dubai, Istanbul, Baghdad and further afield in Toronto, Canada. Manhal has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Baghdad (1995), and a master’s degree in architectural philosophy, which he obtained in 2000.
Konstantinos Adamakis is an emeritus professor of architecture, deputy head of the department of architecture, and director of the master’s programme at the University of Thessaly, Greece. During his former role in the 1990s as Deputy Mayor of Volos, a port city in Thessaly, he worked on an extensive programme for the restoration and re-use of important buildings across the city. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement honour from the Hellenic Institute of Architecture. His realised work includes multiple public and private projects and the restoration, re-use and reconstruction of monuments and industrial buildings.
Kevin is head of Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University. His teaching career spans 20 years and in 2015 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. Kevin works closely with the Royal Institute of British Architects, chairing validation panels and sitting on both the RIBA Council and Education Committee. He practices with the space* studio and is currently working on the interiors of the new English National Ballet.
Alessandro Rocca is an associate professor of architectural and urban design at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches subjects such as architectural design and theories and techniques. He is rector’s delegate for Russia, coordinator of the double degree programmes in architecture, promoter of several international exchanges, member of the board and teacher at the DAStU PhD programme in architecture. He has written several books and articles on architectural and landscape design. Recently, he directed the design teams of the Cereals Cluster at Milan Expo 2015, and the Bovisa Campus Masterplan in Milan.
Dr Aida Hoteit is a Lebanese architect, academic and researcher. She is a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Architecture at the Lebanese University. She previously served as the chairperson of the Department of Urban Planning in the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport. She obtained her PhD in architecture and urban planning (Summa Cum Laude) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also attained an MPhil in social psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, and has maintained a strong focus on urban and social development. Her research work is cross-disciplinary, and explores the cultural, philosophical and psychological impacts of architectural design and urban planning.
Dr Mahmoud Charafeddine has been a professor of architectural theory and design at the Lebanese University since 1986, where he has also been responsible for the architectural programme since 2004. His teaching focuses on defining architectural problems through urban and morphological site characteristics. Dr Mahmoud has participated in several Arab conventions regarding architectural education and the mutual heritage within the former Euromed programme. He is a committee member at the annual Arab Architecture Exhibition for graduating projects – a position he has held since 1999. In addition to his academic and public roles, he is the founder and CEO of Architectural Team for Construction.
London-based, RIBA-chartered conservation architect Mandy Franz is a senior associate at MICA Architects. She works on a range of education and residential projects, designing and delivering award-winning designs. Mandy is also a visiting critic at Bath University and founder of MICA’s mentoring programme. A supporter of inclusion and diversity, Franz was a finalist in 2018 for an award for women in architecture.