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AIA Middle East Newsletter  May 2018
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2018 Year End Conference
Design Awards

November 30 to December 01 , 2018

The island nation of Bahrain has a rich history, from ancient trading civilizations, to  its more recent past as a pearling and hub. Into the present day with modern  infrastructure and architecture, Bahrain offers a case study in a sustainable growth  in the Middle East.

Join us for a weekend of presentations, dialogue and tours celebrating the  practice of architecture in the region. 

Details to Follow.

Conference Chair: Daniel Henderer, 2018 Chapter President
Conference Co-Chair: Chucri Haddad, 2018 Chapter Vice President

Wednesday, 07 February 2018
2018 Top Architects and Designers in the Middle East  | UAE
The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat ( CTBUH Dubai ) recently hosted an exclusive social event in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects ( AIA Middle East ), focusing on the 2018 Top Architects and Interior Designers in the Middle East.
In an event that strengthened the sense of camaraderie and community amongst leading architects and interior designers in the region, senior representatives from the top firms arrived at the venue to be 'greeted' by an astonishing street magician, instinctively illustrating the fact that creative folk are in many ways like magicians - logic only gives man what he needs, magic gives him what he dreams of.
There is, of course, a real magic in enthusiasm - it spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment - and you could actually feel this enthusiasm in the air when Christian Vasquez, UAE representative of CTBUH and board director of AIA Middle East, did his thankyou speech and introduced Antony Wood, executive director of CTBUH, who delivered a video greeting to the attendees.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018
BIG "Bjarke Ingels Group lecture in Dubai" | UAE
The lecture explored BIG projects throughout Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. BIG's architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of the changes and evolution of contemporary life and the influence of multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. 

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Thursday, 22 February 2018
Building Dynamics "exploring architecture of change" | Egypt

This lecture surveyed 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 discussed 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.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 06 March 2018
SABIC Home of Innovation, Site Visit  | Riyadh

The Home of Innovation is a focal point for those committed to innovation and growth, bringing together the best minds and organizations interested in the future of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The initiative connects SABIC with industry-leading companies to identify market needs and develop the innovative solutions that answer them.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 13 March 2018
When an Architect Builds for Her/Him Self
Presented by: Dr. Ahmed Al Jowder 
| Bahrain

Dr. Ahmed Al Jowder; Bahraini architect, urban planner & academic takes us through a journey of designing and building his own house, named Arwadan, in Arad, Bahrain.
When the architect comes to build for her/him self, he/she in fact plays multiple major roles in the design process, becoming the User, Owner and Designer. No doubt, this experience is subjective and reflecting on it enriches the progress of making design architecture. The lecture will cover the dilemma, interaction, and the issues tackled in the design process and explores solutions.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Wednesday, 21 March 2018
AIA Middle East Talk with Killa Design  | UAE

This course aimed at architects, urban designers and planners wishing to gain intellectual, theoretical & practical knowledge and skills essential in shaping the future city. An overview of the design practices, methodologies and vision that responds to the current and future trend of the industry.

The lecture explored the work and methodology of Killa Design with a particular focus on the studio's quest and effort to generate design innovation in this fast emerging world: From the 3D printed office of the future, from the museum of the future of Dubai up to the low carbon 111-storey residential tower in Dubai.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 03 April 2018
Alexandria & Alexandrian-ism "A History of Cultural Interaction"
Presented by Dr. Mohamed Fouad Awad 

AIA Middle East in collaboration with UAP Dubai Chapter organized this lecture which tackles the changing role of Alexandria with a special focus on the cultural interaction and its implications on the arts and architecture.
Alexandria all through its history and since its foundation by Alexander in 331BC, has been a hub for cultural diversity and interaction in the Mediterranean region.

Alexandrian-ism is the ultimate and most consummate symbol of multiculturalism, pluralism and eclecticism the world has ever produced, perhaps the strength of these values will be lessons for the rest of the world since this city represents a harmonious metropolis of passion, diversity, free thoughts and values of tolerance.

More info on the  AIA ME Events Calendar

Saturday, 07 April 2018
Ali Al-Ruzaiza's Residence, Site visit 
| Riyadh

Ali Al-Ruzaiza is one of the prominent figures of Saudi Art, his work is dominated by  a strong connection  to traditional local architecture and design.

Al-Ruzaiza's art can be seen as an attempt to document the physical manifestations of local Najd culture as it once was. His house is a living testament to this. The house embodies Al-Ruzaiza's unique style and draws references from his rich cultural background. In this site visit, you are invited to join our guided tour to explore the artist's residence in Riyadh .

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

AIA International Regional Conference!

More info on the 

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.

Daniel Libeskind
May 12,1946

Lebbeus Woods
 May 31, 1940

Walter Gropius
 May 18,1883 
Join us in welcoming:

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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