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Wednesday, March 9
"Scenarios 2018"  |  DUBAI

Scenario planning is one way in which Herman Miller tries to understand and learn about the changes in the workplace in the future. Through formal research methods, protocols, and tools such as scenario planning, companies are better able to anticipate change, respond creatively towards those emerging user needs and problems, and be better prepared for the future. In this seminar we will share some findings from Herman Miller's most recent Scenarios project

Where & When
Herman Miller Showroom, Marina Plaza, Dubai Marina
Wednesday, March 9 7:00-9:00 PM
More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar
March 12-15
Art for Tomorrow  |  Doha, QATAR


Spectacular new museums and galleries are springing up around the world. But in an era of digitization can "bricks and mortar" institutions still contain the world of art? How will the digital and real art markets co-exist? What can museums do to reinvent themselves for a new generation?

Set against the striking cityscape of Doha, Art for Tomorrow brings together world-famous artists and architects, with leading museum directors, urban developers, policy-makers and financiers to address these critical issues and their impact on the creative cities of tomorrow.

Join us for inspiring talks, interviews and vibrant panel discussions led by New York Times journalists, and connect with influential peers at gallery events, behind-the-scenes tours and an exclusive gala evening.

    Where & When
     W Hotel,  Corniche Promenade,  Doha,  Qatar
    Saturday, March 12 @ 12 noon until Tuesday, March 15

    More info on  AIA ME Events Calendar
Wednesday, March 9
Coffee Social Hour  |  BAHRAIN

Join us for socializing, networking and exchanging ideas.

Where & When
Al Riwaq Cafe, Adliya, Bahrain
March 9 4:00-5:30 PM
See AIA ME Events Calendar for more information
Wednesday, March 16
"Planning with People"  |  BAHRAIN

Speaker Oun Ali Al Khunaizi will present "Planning with People"

Where & When
Location: TBD
7:00-8:30 PM
please check the AIA ME Events Calendar for updates
Saturday, March 26
"Orientalism in Architectural Identity"  |  JORDAN
Join us in Amman, Jordan for the talk "Orientalism in Architectural Identity".

Where & When
Location: TBD
4:30-6:00 PM
please check the AIA ME Events Calendar for updates
Thursday, April 14
Lecture by Phillipe Apeloig  |  AUS, SHARJAH

Studio Philippe Apeloig will discuss designing the visual identity for the new  Louvre Abu Dhabi (LAD) designed by architect Jean Nouvel.  Apeloig chose to symbolize the building's spiritual dimension and recreate its very particular climate. the challenge was to evoke the mysterious whiteness and lightness of this exceptional space, including       the region's warm temperatures.

    Where & When
    Venue : College of Architecture, Art & Design
    American University or Sharjah
    Date : April 14, 2016. 4 PM. Main Auditorium, main building AUS

    Contact to find out more.
April 25-26
Leaders in Architecture MENA  |  DUBAI

Leaders in Architecture MENA is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designers and senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, government officials, engineers and solution providers. Gathering the most senior industry professionals from across the world, the summit provides a unique opportunity to learn from and get inspired by leaders, luminaries, and legends from within and outside architecture, set future business plans and appreciate breathtaking and daring architecture.

Where & When
    Dubai, UAE
    April 25 8:00 AM to April 26 6:00 PM

    Click here to find out more
Coming in April....
"Technology of Sinterized Particles"  |  DUBAI

The revolutionary product imagines a new concept in the world of design and architecture. Made by sophisticated raw materials used in the glass, porcelanic and quartz surfaces production, a material with unique characteristics and infinite application possibilities such as counter tops, flooring, cladding, facades for both inside and outdoors.

Several case studies will be discussed, including projects from prominent architects like Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster.

Where & When
                                  Location, Date and Time TBD
                                  please check the AIA ME Events Calendar for updates
Coming in April....
AIA ME launches in Kuwait!  |  KUWAIT

AIA ME has been rapidly growing to reach and serve more members throughout the greater MENA region with 2015 launches in Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt.  This year we are going to Kuwait!  Please join us in April for our launch event there.

We'll present information on membership and what the AIA can do for you from Kuwait and around the world.  

Where & When
Location, Date and Time TBD
                                  please check the AIA ME Events Calendar for updates
AIA ME Lecture Series: 
Self-Tinting Dynamic Glass for
Daylighting and Energy Efficiency

Photo Credits to:
Suzette Bayonito, Int'l Assoc. AIA
On Wednesday, January 20, the 1 st  AIA ME Monthly Lecture Series for 2016 was held at Herman Miller Regional Design Center in Marina Plaza, Dubai with the topic  "Self-tintingDynamic Glass for Daylighting and Energy Efficiency".   Specific case studies were modeled to compare standard glazing packages to a glass package incorporating  self - tinting dynamic glass. The lecture also discussed on how dynamic glass can promote proper daylighting and energy efficiency. The participants were enlightened about the solutions to common glass problems and the technology that significantly reduces energy costs while allowing architects to use glass in direct sunlight and allowing the occupants of the building to enjoy the views and use of the windows, without the heat gain.

Our guest speaker, Mr. Scott McFarlane, is the Suntuitive Director for Asia and the Middle East for Intuitive Innovations.   Scott works with Suntuitive in North & South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East to collaborate with architects in the use of emerging sustainable technologies; specifically in the area of Dynamic Self-Tinting Window Technology that mitigates Solar Heat Gain and glare from direct sunlight and reducing the overall energy consumption in buildings, while maximizing the use of natural day lighting.

Each year the AIA Middle East chapter sponsors continuing education lectures and talks throughout the region to help architects maintain their licensure. The AIA Middle East recognizes that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. Architects need continuing education to maintain competency, to prepare for the future and also to fulfill the continuing education requirements for AIA membership.

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Learn from industry experts
Earn a year's worth of continuing education credits with the latest from leading experts on topics including resiliency, business management, ADA compliance, LEED, green building, design and health, and more. Turn Philly into your classroom with an educational tour or talk product with experts on the expo floor. You'll earn credit for all of it.

Check out what's new-and what's next
Explore a 171,000 sq ft temporary built environment packed with nearly 800 exhibitors and the latest in materials, technology, and trends. Register for an in-depth workshop and pack your schedule with career-changing seminars, both in the classrooms and on the expo floor.

Inspire your next big idea
Keynoters include architect and MIT professor Neri Oxman. She leads an event filled with visionaries, grassroots champions, change agents, and rising stars-all giving dynamic presentations, offering insightful education, and answering your questions.

Explore Brolo's old and new
The City of Brotherly Love is home to some of the best-preserved historic buildings in the nation. But Philly's architectural importance goes beyond the Federal style. Every neighborhood is packed with must-see architecture, including gems like the first U.S. row houses, Robert Venturi's Guild House, and Louis Kahn's Escherick House and Richards Medical Research Laboratories.

Philly is also home to beautiful squares, vibrant markets, stunning gardens, and cobbled streets lined with pubs, great restaurants (and cheesesteaks), live music, and murals of heroic scale. Sign up for an educational tour for a curated, one-of-a-kind experience that also earns you continuing education credit.

Claim what's yours
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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.


Celebrating Women Leaders in Architecture: Creating Cultural Change

2015 AIA Women's Leadership Summit: This 2-day Summit gathers voices of architects and design professionals in an intimate setting to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women practicing architecture today.
See more about it here: video


Steven W. Miller, FAIA, RIBA Joins Zyscovich Architects

Steven was a founding member of our chapter who held many roles for the chapter over the past several years; most recently serving as Director of Fellowship.  For those of you who don't know, Steven returned to the US late last year and has now joined Zyscovich Architects.  An excerpt from the press release is as follows:

The Partners and Principals of Zyscovich Architects are extremely happy to announce that Steven Miller, FAIA, RIBA has joined the integrated urban design, architecture and interior design fi rm to support our expansion regionally, countrywide, and internationally. Steven will utilize his more than 50 years of architectural experience planning and designing hospitality and leisure, residential, retail, mixed-use, and urban planning projects and developments to enhance all of our client's endeavors. As a consultant with some of the world's most prestigious architectural fi rms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, Perkins Eastman, and FX Fowle, as well as the multi-billion dollar development company Emaar (Dubai), and the international construction company, Shapoorji Pallonji International (Mumbai and Dubai), Steven's extensive experience enables him to identify key areas of growth across the design and construction markets.

Although Steven has left our chapter, he remains an active leader in the AIA having taken on a new role with AIA National, as the 2016-17 International Director (IR representative to the Stategic Council).  AIA ME would like to thank Steven for his many years of service to the chapter and wish him the best in his new endeavors.

Thom Mayne (Morphosis)
January  19, 1944

Bernard Tschumi
January 25, 1944

Alvar Aalto
February 3, 1898

Leon Battista Alberti
February  14, 1404

Louis Kahn
February  20, 1901

Frank Gehry
February 28, 1929

March  6, 1475

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
March 27, 1886

Join us in welcoming:

Mr. Partha Ajgaonkar, AIA
Mr. Mohamed A. Mortagy, AIA

Mrs. Basma Abdallah, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ahmed A. Abdellatif, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Saeed A. Abu Lawi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ghaith Mohammad A. AlShoubaki, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Abdulla A. Altharwa, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Conrad Dela Cruz, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Tarek Farid, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Joey P. GriƱo, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohamed Hegazy, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Edgar D. Hidalgo, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Ms. Nohma Kaaki, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Eslam M. Maksoud, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Edwin B. Manglinong, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Jerson B. Millete, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Leroy Pascua, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Shikhar Purohit, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Dr. Mamun Rashid, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Hussam Sabeel, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ashraf Saeed, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Sarupriyan Shanmugam, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Nadir A. Suliman, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Mr. Hussam A. Alghamdi Sr., Assoc. AIA
Mr. Oseremen I. Anika, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Alan G. Antony, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Dana A-Zohbi, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Jose A. Carrillo Andrada, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Lilia Grebneva, Assoc. AIA
Ms. Dayana Rivero, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ahmad B. Abdul Hamid, Assoc. AIA

  Thank you for your support of AIA Middle East!