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AIA Middle East Newsletter  January 2019
Dear Members,
It is my pleasure to serve as the AIA Middle East President for 2019.

I would like first to thank the outgoing president, Daniel Henderer and the entire 2018 AIAME board who all contributed to last year's great achievements.
With a lot of enthusiasm, I'm looking forward to another successful year for the AIA Middle East Chapter.
We are actually off to a good start with many events already planned for this year.
Several goals have been set which are mainly summarized in enhancing our presence in several countries of the MENA Region, increasing our Chapter's members and of course securing new sponsors.
With the great team we have, I'm totally confident our goals will be easily reached.
We, at the AIA Middle East Board always welcome your suggestions, encourage you to communicate with us and share your concerns, ideas & thoughts. 
Best wishes to all of you in the AIA ME for the successful 2019.

Chucri Haddad, AIA, LEED AP

It gives us a great pleasure to introduce the  2019 AIA Middle East Board :

2019 AIA Middle East Board of Directors:

Chucri Haddad  - 2019 President
Eric Tomich - Vice President
Heather Yanusas  - Secretary
David Franklin  - Treasurer
Dan iel  Henderer  - Past President 2018
Sherif Anis  - Executive Director
Thierry Paret  - Fellowship Director
Christian Vasquez  - Events Director
Farouk Tadros  - Membership Director
Osama Kordia  - Continuing Education Director
Muhammad Habsah  - Communications Director
Loay Quota  - Regional Director
Steven Miller  - Director at Large
Raya Ani  - Director at Large


Ali Lari  - Bahrain Country Representative
Ihab Habbak  - Egypt Country Representative
Shaker Khulief -  Jordan Country Representative
Fatima Al Doukhi  - KSA Country Representative
Rawan Yassin  - KSA Country Representative
Fajer Al Hendi  - Kuwait Country Representative
Samer Haddad -  Lebanon Country Representative
Maryam Al Balushi  - Oman Country Representative
Asmaa Alani  Iraq Country Representative


Roger Skaff -  AUB / LAU/ NDU | University Liaison
Khaled Tarabieh -  AUC | University Liaison
David Franklin  - AUD | University Liaison
Gregory Spaw  - AUS | University Liaison

Get Involved at  

Friday to Saturday, 30 November -01 December 2018
"2018 AIA Middle East Year End Conference
|  Bahrain

The AIA 2018 Year End Conference and Design Awards which took place in Bahrain between November 30 & December 01 at Shaikh Ebrahim bin Mohammed Al Khalifa Center in historic Muharraq.
Our successful two days conference was attended by a large audience with our selected panelists touching on several aspects of the Conference's theme "Transitioning Cities". As part of the conference an exclusive tour was conducted of Pearling path Visitor by Valerio Olgiati which made this year's conference a unique experience.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Thursday, 06 December 2018
HOLCOM Bldg Open Door event    |  Lebanon

T he AIA Middle East held an open door event at HOLCOM Headquarters for a complete tour of the state-of-the-art eco-friendly building. With its 33,000 sqm of construction and 2,000 sqm of land, the building is conceived to save energy and structured to provide the best work conditions for more than 800 professionals. The green aspects of the building are centered on lighting management and solar energy solutions, both implemented by ITG companies, SYSPRO and ECOSys respectively. 

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Monday, 21 January 2019
AIA ME Open House "Omrania & Associates"   |  Riyadh

The AIA Middle East held an open house at Omrania and Associates' office for an informal gathering and have the unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at some of their recent and upcoming projects. You will also have the chance to speak to the great minds behind these projects and see the processes and working environment of this leading architectural practice. 

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Saturday to Sunday, 02-03 February 2019
"The Practice of Public Participation" |  Kuwait

Kuwait Architects League at Kuwait Society of Engineers and in collaboration with AIA ME presents Prof. Henry Sanoff workshop on Participatory Design Practices.

The workshop will be conducted on February 2 and 3 (you can register for either one of these two days)

To register please email your name, position/occupation, and phone number to ,and we will email you registration confirmation (pending availability of seats)
Where & When
Kuwait Society of Engineers, Kuwait
02 -03 February 2019

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Wednesday to Thursday, 27-28 March 2019
"Leaders in Architecture" |  Dubai, UAE

Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit is the largest and 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.

Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit is dedicated to developing, celebrating and connecting architects, interior designs and senior decision makers from leading international market 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 more info  Leaders in Architecture
Where & When
Dubai, UAE
27 -28 March 2019

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

AIA Grassroots 2019!
March 06 - 08, Washington DC

Grassroots 2019 is AIA's annual leadership and legislative event for elected chapter leaders and chapter staff. This year's agenda emphasizes chapter and community leadership with workshops designed to help elected chapter officers become more effective chapter and civic leaders. Attendees share information, ideas, and best practices with their counterparts from around the country and are given the opportunity to provide input on AIA initiatives. There are also many networking opportunities with peers and AIA national staff.

This year's theme is "People. Purpose. Partnerships." We'll feature content that highlights the voice of the profession, the value of architects in society, and the connections and collaborations necessary to improve the quality of the built environment for all people.

More info on the AIA Grassroots 2019

AIA Conference on Architecture 2019!
June 06 - 08, Las Vegas 

Blueprint for a Better Future!

This is the A'19 theme for this year, designing a better future means taking on the critical challenges facing cities-and our world-today.

Future cities

Beyond its excess, extremes, and appetite for the ersatz, Las Vegas is a global pioneer in design. Its ever-changing landscape is an incubator for the kind of transformation that influences architecture and design trends the world over.

And with tens of millions of visitors each year, Las Vegas is boldly on display. Not just the casinos and nightlife, but the hospitals, schools, community centers, parks, apartment buildings, and art installations that are part of people's everyday lives.

This work is a testimony to how architects are designing a better future by taking on the critical challenges facing cities-and our world-today.

At A'19, we'll explore designing a better future, for everyone.

Your own Blueprint for a Better Future

You'll leave Las Vegas with actionable insights that will inspire your projects and your practice, from some of the most creative architects, designers, firms, and futurists.

A'19 programming includes sessions on artificial intelligence, data visualization, 3D concrete printing, Amazon Spheres, tall wood, nano-grid condos, immigrant architects, overcoming houselessness, the latest in WELL design, the energy-hog myth, designing border crossings and ports of entry, zero net energy affordable housing, new codes and standards, and architecture tours of local standouts like Frank Gehry's Lou Ruvo Brain Center, Seven Magic Mountains, and the Downtown Container Park.

Don't miss it! Join us in Las Vegas June 6-8, 2019.

More info on the A'19 Conference on Architecture

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. Mohammad-Maher Kojak, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Samer S. Haddad, Intl. Assoc. AIA
Mr. Shaker S. Khulief Sr., Intl. Assoc. AIA 
Mr. Syed Ahmed, Intl. Assoc. AIA 
Mr. Rola Dehn, Assoc. AIA
Mr. Ashraf H. Ali, Intl Assoc. AIA

Thank you for your continued support of AIA Middle East.

AIA Middle East is proudly sponsored by: