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AIA Middle East Newsletter  August 2018
2018 Year End Conference
Design Awards
November 30 to December 01  2018
Registration and Details

The American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter, will host its sixth Year End Conference and Design Awards event in Manama, Bahrain from November 30 to December 1  2018.   Bahrain, a millennia old island with its rich cultural heritage on display, is home to some of the region's most impressive modern infrastructure and buildings and serves as the backdrop for our conference.
With the rapid change our region is witnessing, 'BahrAIAn: Transitioning Cities' brings forth the discussion of the transformation of the built environment in the Middle East region, reflecting on the rapid growth and modernization with a focus on progressive design and thought that exhibits a keen response to regional influences. 
  ' BahrAIAn: Transitioning Cities' will tackle the above topic with presentations from renowned international architects who have contributed to the current built environment in the Middle East,   as well as tours giving the opportunity to explore our theme in the host country.
Conference Chair: Daniel Henderer, 2018 Chapter President
Conference Co-Chair: Chucri Haddad, 2018 Chapter Vice President
Committee:  Heather Yanusas, Christian Vasquez,
Muhammad Habsah, David Franklin, Fatima AlDoukhi
To RSVP & for conference details, and sponsorship opportunities please contact:
If   you would like to contribute as a volunteer   for this special event, please contact AIA Middle East President:
The 2018 Board of Directors of AIA Middle East
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
AIA ME Launch Event  |  Iraq

Join us in celebrating the official launch of AIA middle east in Iraq, come and learn more about who we are, learn about the AIA and our strive to promote architecture and design best practices, and how you can join the AIA's largest and fastest growing international chapter.

The event is held in collaboration with the architectural department in the Iraqi engineers union.

For any inquiries related to the event please contact

Where & When
Baghdad Hall, Iraqi Engineers Union
28  August 2018, 5:00 PM

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Construction Summit 2018 | Dubai

We would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Construction Summit ME at the Westin Hotel Dubai on the 18th of September. The summit, with the theme "Digital Transformation Powering Constructability," will gather over 250 industry leaders from the construction industry including senior-level government officials, senior leaders from top construction and contracting companies, market experts and many more.

For detailed Agenda and Speaker list visit:

Please register here

Where & When
The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi
18  September 2018, 9:00 AM

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Sunday to Tuesday, 23-25 September 2018

The third edition of Windows Doors & Facades Event, which will take place from 23 - 25 September 2018 will feature more international exhibitors, thousands of innovative products, an expanded educational program of CPD-certified workshops and a high-level summit led by industry experts

For detailed Agenda and Speaker list visit: windowsdoorsandfacadeevent

Please register here

Where & When
Dubai world trade center
23-25 September 2018, 10:00 AM

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday to Thursday, 02-04 October 2018
Cityscape Global | Dubai

Cityscape Global 2018 is the largest and most influential real estate investment and development event for emerging markets globally. Bringing together investors, developers, government officials and real estate professionals, there is no better place to find investment opportunities and new business partners.

Cityscape Global is taking place on 02 - 04 October 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE.

To find out how you can get involved please contact the Cityscape Global team at

Where & When
Dubai world trade center
02-04  October 2018, 9:00 AM

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 17 April 2018
KSAU-HS Campus Tour
By architect : Chucri Haddad | Riyadh

King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Healthcare Sciences is a mega project for the Ministry of National Guard. It is designed by Dar Al-Handasah and Perkins+Will with over 1,000,00 m² of BUA and is composed of an Academia Complex, a Medical Precinct, Administrative Precinct, Sports & Recreational zone as well as Residential Area. 
Architect Chucri Haddad of Dar Al-Handasah explored the planning and design principles adopted in this project. The talk presented the importance of design with a keen focus on  the specific cultural, climatic, and operational requirements of the local client. Also, the visit covered the LEED implementation and sustainable strategies during the design and construction phases. 

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 01 May 2018
King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, Site Visit | Dhahran

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (ithra) is an initiative by Saudi Aramco that aims to promote
cultural development regionally and nationally. The center provides multiple cultural facilities that are designed to inspire the community and support its transformation into a knowledge-based economy.

The building design by Snøhetta is becoming an iconic feature in Dhahran's skyline. The tour will shed light on the story behind the design of the building and its construction.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 29 May 2018
AIA Middle East Lecture "Dark Side Of Light" 
By architect : Samer Haddad 

The American Institute of Architects in collaboration with LAU's and AIAS "American institute of architecture students", raise awareness on the issue of light pollution with the increase in demand of artificial lighting, there is a duty for engineers, architects and lighting designers to be aware of the consequences of light pollution on human health, the ecosystem, economy and astronomy research.

This lecture will shed the light on the different types of light pollution and present guidelines that help to reduce it.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Monday to Saturday, 02 - 14 July 2018
IAAC GSS18  | Muscat

The Global Summer School (GSS18) _Muscat main focus was to investigate and explore the morphology formation for the proposition of a bus stop to be located in KOM (Knowledge Oasis Muscat). Participants have challenged the conventional ideas, by pushing the boundaries to create innovative solutions through the application of advanced digital design tools.

Participants have identified strategies for "digitization" to optimize the performance of the design, its fabrication, or future transformation to improve the users experience and interaction between the physical structure and exchange of digital information within the given site.

IAAC- GSS is an intensive two weeks course conducted in different cities around the globe, where participants investigate in topics related to robotics, simulation, physical computing, digital fabrication, and other design methodologies
More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
AIA Middle East Lecture  "Architecture Appropriate To Place"  
|  Muscat

In collaboration with Innovation Factory, AIA ME Oman begins its brand new AIA ME Talks series featuring Architects and Designers in Oman and the GCC. The goal is to go beyond the limits of the existing design community but also to reach the overall professional realm of Oman to mainly discuss the evolving changes that are happening in architecture influenced by the extravagant advancements in technology. 

We begin our series with the founder of 23 Degrees North, Stuart Caunt, who is our speaker of the evening. The Outward Bound Oman Desert Center is l ocated within the Sharqiyah Sands desert, and is considered the core of the Outward Bound Program. Careful consideration of context encouraged 23 Degrees North to create an authentic sense of place anchored within the vast landscape through a strong visual relationship to its place. 

The center is the first self-reliant, self-sustaining building of its kind within the Country and has recently received numerous design awards including the AIA ME Design award for Best Built Project 2017.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Thursday, 09 August 2018
AIA Middle East Site Visit "Al Khorayef Centre"  
| Al Khobar

Al Khorayef Centre is a modern interpretation of the local culture inspired by the traditional architecture in Saudi Arabia, located between Dammam and Al Khobar, 

The design approach adopted by Henning Larsen, is a tribute to the region's rich culture, manifested in the dynamic facade, spatial organization, and the sense of place the building communicates to its inhabitants. With these unique attributes the building is becoming a recognizable landmark and a new destination in the region.

Upon its completion the center will house retail facilities in its lower levels, Staybridge hotel and other recreational facilities in the upper levels.  

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

AIA International Regional Conference!

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AIA National Convention in NYC!

It's the architecture & design event of the year!

Get ready for three immersive days of what's new and now in architecture and design, hosted in one of the most iconic cities in the world.
Over three days, we'll explore a theme that resonates with us all: Blueprint for Better Cities.
At A'18, some of the most creative architects, designers and firms will share how they're creating their own Blueprint for Better to make a difference in cities of every size all over the world, from London, Arkansas, to London, England.
You'll leave New York with actionable insights you can use on your next project or to make a difference in your community on topics including diversity, equity, and inclusion; materials; energy and carbon; resilience; and design and health .

What to expect!
This year we've curated nearly 100 tours of the city's best architecture in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We're taking over 200,000 sq. ft. of the Javits Center to host a two-day Architecture Expo featuring new products, materials, and leading building product manufacturers. We've booked Hammerstein Ballroom for The Party!, Radio City Music Hall for keynotes, and the New School for Pro Series sessions. And we're reserving Day 3 just for continuing education so you'll have more time to take in sessions.
Our schedule includes an unrivaled range of workshops, seminars, tours, events, and expo education. There's 350+ sessions in all. Stay tuned for keynote announcements!

More info on the AIA NYC Conference

ARE 4.0 Retirement!

Anyone currently testing in ARE 4.0 should be aware of the following key points:

The last day to take an ARE 4.0 division in a test center is June 30, 2018.
Candidates who have not completed ARE 4.0 by this date will need to complete any remaining divisions
in ARE 5.0 to satisfy the examination requirement for licensure.

Now is the time to make a plan to finish the exam if you are currently testing in ARE 4.0.
There are several resources available on to help candidates make their plan. NCARB's
Customer Relations team is also available to help candidates understand their individual testing options.

Your rolling clock will not change if you transition to ARE 5.0.
Candidates must still complete the test within five years of their first pass-whether through ARE 4.0,
ARE 5.0, or a combination of both. Expiring ARE 4.0 divisions could impact the credits received in ARE 5.0when transitioning.

Prometric test centers fill up fast, so candidates will need to plan ahead when scheduling
their remaining divisions in ARE 4.0.
When the exam transitioned from ARE 3.1 to ARE 4.0, candidates encountered difficulty finding test
appointments in the final months before the exam retired. If candidates plan on testing in May and June,
they should book these appointments as soon as possible.

The ARE retake policy will remain the same. Candidates must wait 60 days before they can
retake a division of the ARE, and can only take a division three times within 12 months.
This means if a candidate has taken a division of ARE 4.0 since the end of June this year, they will only
have two more opportunities to take that division between now and the retirement of ARE 4.0. They
will also need to take their second attempt before April 30, 2018, to have the option of one more retake
before ARE 4.0 retires. 

More info on the ARE 4.0 Retirement


Membership Renewal
Please make sure you have renewed your membership.  Your membership continues to make our chapter one of the largest international chapters and your dues go directly into supporting all the programs, conferences and tours that we are able to organize.

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Join us in welcoming:

Mr. Mohammad M. Abbas, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Olfat A. Abdelaziz, Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Suhair A. Abdul Hameed, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Rosemary Abi Jaoude, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Elsaeed G. Aboyoussef, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Fatima Al Doukhi, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Raed Al Naber, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Abdalla Albatsh, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Azzah Aldeghather, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohammed Alnammi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ahmed S. Alsehrawy, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Andton Nino Roni G. Altarejos, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mahmoud H. Arafa, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Abeer Bader, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Zeina S. Derawan, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Chandrashekhar B. Dhage, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohamed Eldesouky, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Moustafa A. El-gouhary, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Emilio Gozum, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Monica Mittal, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss Ruby Muhandes, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Karen Janebelle C. Nagui, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Mari Z. Nasif, Assoc. AIA
Mrs. Ghadeer F. Othman, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mahmoud Salah, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mansour B. Thenayan, Assoc. AIA
Thank you for your continued support of AIA Middle East.

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