Professor Jala Al Makhzoumi – The Winner of Tamayouz Women in Architecture and construction Award
Angela Brady PPRIBA has announced the results of the judging panel of Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction award, the panel that comprises of Angela Brady PPRIBA the Immediate Past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Professor Paul Ivey, the Dean of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University and Dr Khaled Al Sultany the Iraqi architect, academic and researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark. The judging panel selected Dr Jala Al Makhzoumi for her efforts and contribution to the profession of architecture and landscape in the community in Iraq.
Dr Jala Al Makhzoumi is an Iraqi architect and academic who specialised in landscape design, she taught architecture and landscape at the University of Technology in Baghdad for 15 years. In 2001 she founded the Landscape department at the American University in Beirut. She has many research publications and books in the field of landscape. In 2007 she co-founded the Cambridge Centre for Landscape and People in Cambridge. Jala worked as a consultant in architecture and landscape design in Iraq, Syria, UAE, Lebanon and Cyprus.
Dr Khaled Al Sultany described Jala Al Makhzoumi: ”A remarkable Academic, activist in the field of landscape design. She taught many Iraqi architects who have also considered her as their role model”. Professor Paul Ivey said: “Jala is an impressive architect and have delivered an excellent portfolio of designs to enrich the built environment within Iraq. She has done this and maintained a shiny set of results showing that architects, and in particular women architects, can transform the lives of people from a unique perspective. Jala is a credit to the profession and to Iraq”. Angela Brady commented on the achievements of the winner and said: “I was particularly struck by both the international work and the Community outreach through teaching achieved by Jala – “Landscape is about people and places” A huge amount of research work that has clearly benefited the community in many areas. Exploring the overlap between Landscape and Human rights is inspirational as well as her work in seeking recognition for Landscape Architecture as a profession. She has worked internationally and is clearly respected to give so many international symposium talks. A pioneering Iraqi woman indeed.”
Also four women architects were chosen as honourable mentions for their contributions to different sectors, the honourable mention for:
– Outstanding contribution in Professional Practice and Management goes to: Huda Mohammed Ali.
Dr Khaled Al Sultany’s comment: “ Huda is serious hard working architect, she has worked a lot in project planning and she has many important achievements”.
– Outstanding contribution to Local communities goes to: Hawry Talabani for her work in Kirkuk City.
Angela Brady’s Comment:”Hawry’s distinguished career of consistent hard work on Kirkuk as architect and City Planner as well as being involved in many other supporting areas is a great achievement, involving herself in all aspects City planning and development”.
– Outstanding contribution to a specific sector goes to: Fituh Al-Zubaidi for her work in the Medical Sector.
Angela Brady’s Comment: “Fituh has achieved a great deal in the area of Health Care Facilities with huge responsibility for architectural design of hospitals which she had clearly build a speciality. Her work consistently helps the community much in need. She clearly has a campaigning spirit which is helping her fellow country folk”.
– Outstanding contribution to Architectural Education goes to: Ghada Al-Silq.
Dr Khaled Al Sultany’s Comment: “An outstanding, serious academic, she studied for many years and inspired many students with her hard work and interest in her field, Dr Ghada also very active in architectural publishing and promotion”.
Ahmed Salah, the academic at Coventry University and the founder of Tamayouz Excellence Award commented on the results announcement: “Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award aims to celebrate the achievements of Iraqi female architects and highlight their contributions to the community in difficult times and under difficult circumstances, also it was successful in establishing collaboration between multiple sectors to gain recognition for excellence”.
It is worth mentioning that Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction Award is the first award of its kind in the Middle East and the second world wide after the UK’s AJ Women in Architecture Award. Tamayouz Women in Architecture and construction aims to empower women in a male dominated industry and celebrate the contributions and achievements of women architects in Iraq and present them as role models for the young female architects.
Tamayouz Award is sponsored by: Eastern Holding Group, Al-Dulaimi Business Group, Dewan Architects and Engineers, Coventry University, The United Nations Global compact, Al-Qabas Economical Group, Majid Al-Sadi Scholarship Foundation, Iraqi Business Council, Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects and Architecture For Humanity – London Chapter.