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AIA Middle East Newsletter  January 2018
Dear Members,

It is my pleasure to serve as the AIA Middle East President for 2018.  I would like to thank the entire Board of Directors who served in 2017 and especially Raya Ani, the outgoing President.  It was a successful year which culminated in a great conference in Sharjah. 

We are off to a positive start this year with many events and associated programs.  We are always seeking ways to improve our member engagement.  One of the most effective ways is for you, our members to become involved.  There are many new faces on the Board of Directors this year, people who accepted the challenge.  

I would encourage you to reach out to your country representatives, myself, or anyone on the board to share your ideas, concerns, suggestions, and newsworthy events happening in the region. 
Best wishes to all of you in the AIA Middle East for a successful 2018!

Daniel Henderer, AIA

It gives us a great pleasure to introduce the  2018 AIA Middle East Board :

2018 Executive Committee:
President: Daniel Henderer, AIA
Vice President: Chucri Haddad, AIA
Secretary: Heather Yanusas, AIA
Treasurer: Scott Weinhoff, AIA
Past President: Raya Ani, AIA
Executive Director: Sherif Anis, AIA
2018 Board:
Communications Director: Muhammad Habsah, Intl Assoc. AIA
Continuing Education Director: Osama Kordia, Int Assoc AIA
Director at Large: Steven Miller, FAIA
Events Director: Christian Vasquez, Intl Assoc. AIA
Fellowship Director: Thierry Paret, FAIA
Membership Director: Farouk Tadros, Assoc. AIA
Regional Director: Loay Quota, AIA
Sponsorship Director: ­­Roger Skaff, AIA
Country Representative, Bahrain:  Ali Lari, Assoc. AIA
Country Representative, Egypt: Ihab El Habbak, Assoc. AIA
Country Representative, Jordan: Nezar Faqeh, AIA
Country Representative, KSA: Rawan Yassin, Assoc. AIA
Country Representative, KSA: Fatima Al Doukhi, Assoc. AIA
Country Representative, Kuwait: Fajer Al Hendi, Assoc. AIA
Country Representative, Lebanon: Roger Skaff, AIA
Country Representative, Oman: Maryam Balushi, Assoc AIA
Country Representative, Qatar: Reema Abu Hassan, Assoc AIA

Get Involved at  

Thursday to Saturday, 08-10 Februray 2018
"Architecture for the Future: Education, Research & Practice" |  Riyadh, KSA

The Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Center (AACC) in collaboration with Al Faisal University presents a conference on The Future of Architecture in Saudi Arabia, to be held on Feb 8-10. Programming includes the announcement of an international architecture competition, panel discussions, a creative networking session by Banafsajeel, an architectural documentation workshop by Minhaj, as well as a two week-long exhibition organized by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). All activities are free of charge.

The Dar Al-Uloum Initiative started as a renovation project for the Dar Al-Uloum Library in Sakaka, Al Jouf. The library is the headquarters and the oldest building under the Abdulrahman Al Sudairy Cultural Center. Built in 1978, the library is in need of repair, both to maintain the quality of service provided to the community as well as revise its uses and functions in response to the needs of today.
For registration email
Where & When
Alfaisal University
08 -10 February 2018, 8:00 AM

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Thursday, 22 February 2018
  By Branko Kolarevic, University of Calgary
|  Cairo, Egypt

This lecture surveys essential concepts and significant past and current projects that deal with interactive, responsive environments, i.e. buildings that can change their configuration, appearance, and environmental conditions in response to patterns of occupation and context (and in return can shape those too). The principal argument is that change in architecture is far from being adequately addressed or explored theoretically, experimentally, or phenomenologically. The lecture discusses Kolarevic's latest book on "Building Dynamics", one of the first books to offer a coherent and comprehensive approach to this topic and provide numerous examples of cutting-edge work from leading designers and engineering firms. An essential lecture for professionals interested in the latest design techniques and mechatronic technologies, and for students taking design studio classes or courses in theory or technology at any level.

Where & When
Moataz Al-Alfi Hall, AUC new cairo
22 Febraruy 2018, 6:00 PM

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Monday to Thursday, 19-22 March 2018
UNFOLD Art XChange
|  Dubai, UAE

UNFOLD Art XChange   will be the largest and the first of its kind multicultural arts education platform, enticing the world's premier architects and designers, real estate and hospitality leaders, government and public art agencies, private banks and financial institutions with insights, opportunities and new partnerships as well as attracting the world's leading corporate collectors, private and public institutions. The inaugural edition will take place from 19-22 March 2018 in Dubai.

The four-day event will comprise of two conferences. Art Talks I: Art, Real Estate and the Built Environment on the 1 9th and 20th of March 2018 will uncover the importance of art in architectural excellence and discuss critical issues on the positive bottom-line economic impact that art has on real estate and hospitality assets to help drive tourism, maximize property values and attract affluent travelers. Art Talks II: Evolving Culture, Developing Collections on the 21st and 22nd of March 2018 will kick start with a series of compelling debates on the subject of Art, Finance and Wealth Management. On the last day, the integral role of corporate art collecting in shaping a brand's identity and an in-depth look on how private art museums and private foundations are supporting the local art scene will be explored. 

For registration  
Where & When
Location to be determined
19-22 March 2018, 9:00 AM

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Wednesday to Thursday, 11-12 April 2018
"Leaders in Architecture MENA"  |  Dubai, UAE

AIA ME would like to invite you to  the 8th edition, Leaders in Architecture & Design MENA Summit the most prestigious platform dedicated to promoting and advancing architecture industry across the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.  Committed to boosting the region's presence on the global architecture landscape, Leaders in Architecture MENA is the only event which brings together the most prominent decision makers from across the world representing the top global firms and architecture personalities to champion the potential the MENA region.

Organized by International Business Council, Leaders in Architecture & Design 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.

For registration  email 

Where & When
Location to be determined
11-12 April 2018, 8:00 AM

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Monday to Tuesday, 23-24 April 2018
"Smart Skyscrapers Summit"  |  Dubai, UAE

The Smart Skyscrapers Summit is the leading high rise and skyscrapers event in the Middle East region. The 5th edition of the summit will take place on 23rd & 24th April 2018 in Dubai. The two-day event will lay emphasis on the underlying factors, challenges, developments and opportunities driving the construction and management of high-rise buildings. Over 400 delegates involved in Designing, Construction and Maintenance of High Rise buildings from across the GCC will attend the event.

For registration 
Where & When
Roda Al Bustan Hotel
23-24 April 2018, 8:30 AM

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Friday to Saturday, 08-09 December 2017
"2017 AIA Middle East Year End Conference
|  Sharjah

The AIA 2017 Year End Conference and Design Awards which took place in Sharjah, UAE between December 8 & 9 at Sharjah Art Foundation with Dar Al-Handasah being the conference's  sponsor .

Our successful two days conference was attended by a large audience with our selected panelists touching on several aspects of the Conference's theme. As part of the conference, different tours were also conducted to several selected sites which made this year's conference a unique experience.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Saturday, 18 November 2017
AIA ME Launch Event   |  Jordan

AIA Middle East, an american chapter of the American Institute of Architects organized an exclusive event introducing the institute in Jordan, where information about AIA was shared with attendees with the intention of promoting  architecture and design best practices in the Mena region. Benefits of AIA membership were also disclosed during the event.

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

AIA Grassroots 2018!

Grassroots 2018 is an exclusive event for our leaders. The agenda emphasizes component leadership and workshops designed to help component officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders.

The conference will open doors and provide opportunities for us to share knowledge, experiences, and challenges. The premise of this year's Grassroots theme "Leading through Influence," is to demonstrate the impact of influence in improving chapter and firm effectiveness, communities, and the lives of others. Empowering attendees to best serve their chapters, communities and the profession is an integral part of the experience.

Consistently voted by past attendees as one of their most enjoyed and valuable opportunities to interact with their colleagues, AIA Grassroots 2018 is shaping up to be the most engaging and inspirational leadership event in AIA history. 
Join hundreds of AIA chapter leaders for two days of presentations and workshops where you'll network and share innovative practices. The event will help you:
  • share knowledge, tools, and resources with your peers
  • learn smart, effective chapter leadership strategies
  • stimulate change in your chapter, firm, and community
Speakers will share how architects and AIA leaders can take an influential role in chapter, firm, and community leadership and offer solutions to the most pressing needs facing our world. 
The event will take place in San Diego, Monday, March 12 through Wednesday, March 14 with Pre-grassroots activities on Monday, March 12.   

More info on the AIA Grassroots 2018

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.

Thom Mayne
 January 19, 1944

Joze Plecnik
 January 23,1872

Bernard Tschumi
 January 25,1944

Ben Van Berkl
 January 25,1957 
Join us in welcoming:

Mr. Imadeldin Abufag, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Rabih Adra, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss Raya Al Jaghoub, Assoc. AIA
Miss. Alia F. Al Zayani, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mousa M. Al-Alawi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss Maryam S. Aljomairi, Assoc. AIA
Miss. Eman Alkhalifah, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Nabil S. Almalki, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mohammed A. Alsalahi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss. Huda T. Arshadlamphon, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ali Badreddine, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Rhodem Dennis R. Baidiango, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Nabil A. Baniowdeh, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss. Sravanthi Dharanipragada, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss. Jennifer E. Erni, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Farhad Faraj, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ruben S. Gagarin, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Miss. Rasmia Ishaque Jr., Assoc. AIA
Miss. Nadia Maqbool, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Abdulrahman Nahas, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ali M. Shuabi, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Mahmoud Taha, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Abdullah Tareq, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Majid M. Yunus, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Thank you for your continued support of AIA Middle East.

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