Digital Newsletter Vol 3,October 2015


Only a few days left to our Annual Conference and Design Awards taking place at the Rosewood Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The first day will feature  architectural presentations about signature projects such Misdar City, Cleveland Clinic and AlMaryah Central Development   and will culminate with Design Awards Gala Dinner where works of excellence will be honored.  The second day program is full of  guided tours  to outstanding landmark projects of architectural grandeur in the UAE notebly Louvre Museum, ADIC AlBahar Towers, Misdar City and Sheikh Zaid Grand Mosque.

For more info please visit the website


AIAU: LUs at Your Fingertips

Our industry changes every day. New ideas, technology, materials, business opportunities, and more are constantly emerging. AIAU makes it easy to keep up-offering learning units (LUs) on the topics you need to stay current, the tactics and trending issues that affect your practice, and the ideas you crave for inspiration.
AIAU features rigorously-curated content for architects, designers, builders, and others working in our diverse and evolving field. These online courses supplement events in your community, giving you learning you can access any time of day, from any place in the world with an Internet connection.
AIA ME Dubai - Façade Le cture  Series

The AIA Middle East Chapter in Dubai held a series of successful Building Facades lectures, since the spring of 2015.


"The Rise of the Vertical Gardens" lecture explored how the vertical garden works in the United Arab Emirates, what are the different styles? can vertical green walls provide environmental integrity. Mr. John Dyer of Biotecture presented "Living Walls for the GCC Region"an overview of the anatomy of hydroponic living walls; the relevant design considerations; Environmental and Aesthetic benefits. Followed by Mr. Neelesh Gala of Vertical Green who expanded in "Flexible Vertical Garden System" Designing Greenwall (Exterior) in GCC countries.Mr. Senthil Nathan (Gover Horticulture) closed the lecture series with the "Beneficial effects of vertical wall".


Wood Façade: the durable contemporary timber solution 

This presentation by Bernard Hayek of Parlex, showcased a wide range of special outdoor paneling, made from natural wood that is subjected to special manufacturing process that gives wood strength and durability making it ideal for use on building exteriors. 


AIA ME Riyadh Events - KFAD Site visits
AIA Middle East in Riyadh is planning 3 site visits to the King Abdullah Financial District, one of the Kingdom's most ambitious projects in the capital city of Riyadh, carried by the Public Pension Agency. Consisting of 59 towers in an area of 1.6 million square meters, it will provide more than 3 million square meters of space for various uses, 62,00 parking spaces and accommodation for 12,000 residents.  One of the distinctive features of KAFD the "Wadi", a valley connecting buildings and services as well as retail and leisure activities through out the site.

22 October 2015 Site Visit- the Model
19 November 2015 Site Visit - Skywalks
17 December 2015 Site Visit - The Wadi
AIA ME  Bahrain - Upcoming  Events 
The Blessings of the Sky
Presented by: Ashutosh Jha
Location: Words Bookstore Cafe, Budyah
Date: Monday, 16th November 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Understanding daylight and its effective and innovative use by architects & designers to reduce energy consumption. The talk shall cover the use of daylight in buildings to reduce the energy as a passive design strategy. Additionally it shall address the impact of sunlight/daylight on building envelope an the innovative use of daylight within a building to reduce the energy consumption.
Architecture and Revolution
Presented by: Ali Lari
Location: Words Bookstore Cafe, Budyah
Date: Monday, 23rd November 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Architecture has been a tool used to control society: the panopticon described by Foucault, the urbanism of Haussmann and until modern urbanism. Architecture helped regulate and condition the actions of people, so people have become prisoners of their surroundings and their conditions.
If architecture can create control, can it create "Decontrol"? Can it act as a Trojan horse that would hack the rules urbanism created & recreate appropriation, transformation, expression, exchange and dreams? Can the system of the spectacle be used against itself?

Sou Fujimoto at American University at Dubai   
The Department of Architecture at AUD is organizing a conference with star Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto.   

Date: November 22, 2015 
Time: 6:00pm - 10:00pm 
Venue: Auditorium   

About Sou Fujimoto Sou 
Fujimoto is a Japanese architect. Born in Hokkaido in 1971, he graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1994, and established his own office, Sou Fujimoto Architects, in 2000.   Noted for delicate light structures and permeable enclosures, Fujimoto designed several houses, and in 2013, was selected to design the temporary Serpentine Gallery pavilion in London.   In 2014 he received the Wall Street  Journal (WSJ) Magazine Innovators in Architecture Award. 

Welcome New AIA ME Members

Ms. Halla I. Al Fahmawi, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Melhem Abilmona, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Ayaa Almahal, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Moaez S. Hassan, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Rami A. Abdelhamid, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Islam S. Mahmoud, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Amr A. Ali, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohamed E. Mohamed Morsi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Hayder Mohammed Mahdi, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohammed M. Ballool, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohammed S. Alassafi Esq., Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Roba H. Elshaer, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mustafa F. Hafedh, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Amir H Greiss, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Hisham Sameh Moursi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Hadeel Shaheen, Assoc. AIA

Mr. Mohamed M. Attiya, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohammed Elfatih M. Ali Wagia Allah, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Turki T. Ashrah, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Christos Fytilis, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Imad Hanna, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Abdelaziz Mansour, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Najat Qushmaq, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Aiysha M. Alsane, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Asma AlSarhan, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Hanu Dilip, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Chadi El-Tabbah, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Momin Hamid, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Leandro C. Tuando, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Fatima Ahmed, Assoc. AIA


15th-16th November 2015, Dubai UAE
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BIG 5 - The Regions Largest Construction Event

23rd - 26th November 2015, World Trade Center, Dubai UAE

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Learning From Education City

27th - 28th November 2015.  

Qatar Foundation is organizing a conference on education and architecture, focusing on the architecture of Education City in Doha, in collaboration with Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the AIA ME Chapter. The conference will be held on  November 27th and 28th , at HBKU Student Center in Qatar. Internationally acclaimed architects and thinkers will be speaking at the conference such as Rem Koolaas, Victor Legorreta, Nezar Al Sayyad, Reinhold Martin, Adrian Lahoud amongst many others. For more information please check

3rd IDF OMAN 2016 - 
Interior Design Decor Furniture Expo, 

16-18 February, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

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