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AIA Middle East Newsletter  May 2019
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2019 Year End Conference & Design Awards

Saturday to Sunday, 02 - 03 February 2019
The Practice of Public Participation By Prof. Henry Sanoff | 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 was conducted on February 02 and 03 

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Urban Bridge of Baghdad  Presented by: Ola Saad Znad | Bahrain

Physical barriers in cities are a spreading phenomenon, especially in the Middle East.
This work investigates patterns and consequences of physical barriers in Iraq's capital city of Baghdad. This presentation examines how these barriers play a major role in the segregation of society and its negative consequences to the city's urban context.
This work was one of the winners in the University of Bahrain's 2018 Architecture Senior Exhibition, supervised by Wafa Al-Ghatam, and has been published as a book holding the same title.

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Wednesday, 20  February 2019
Architecture & Building Safety, Facade Perspective | Bahrain

Technal , the leading company in the development, manufacturing and marketing of aluminum glazing  systems will be hosting its event in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter.

The event's theme centered on Architecture & building safety from a building's envelope perspective.

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Saturday, 23 February 2019
Urban Sketching Workshop | Qatif

The American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter is pleased to announce the upcoming event entitled  "Urban Sketching Workshop"  which will be facilitated by Dr. Reham Moniem Ali, and will cover the techniques and methods of sketching with ink and watercolors to create expressive urban sketches to tell a story of a place and its people.  

This workshop will be held in Dareen visitor center, next to the remains of Mohammed Al Faihani's Castle, where we will also be exploring the rich architectural history of the area that date back to pre-5000 BC.

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Wednesday, 06  March 2019
Movie Night Event "Eero Saarinen" | Riyadh 

The Finnish Embassy is hosting the AIA ME Movie Night about the Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Sarrinen. 
The movie explores the life and visionary work of this icon,the embassy serves as the perfect backdrop for the event. 
Designed by Kaija and Heikki Siren, it is a great example of expatriate classical version of
Western modernism in the Arab world. The screening will be followed by a reception and guests will
have the chance to walk through the premises and enjoy an immersive Finnish design experience.

More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Wednesday, 06 March 2019
AIA ME talk with EDGE Design | Dubai

AIA ME Talk presents EDGE Design.
This year is no exception, as we will be kicking off our  AIA ME Talk series program entitled,   "AIA ME Talks"   on March 6, 2019.

In these AIA ME TALKS, master architects, designers, innovation leaders, research experts, product developers and business leaders,  share their vision, inspiration  and take part in bold conversations about redefining what it means to be an architect in this day and age.
Ivar will discuss building physics principles, focusing on direct solar heat gain. What is the role of glass in this equation? Is it possible to maximize views while maximizing sustainability? 

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019
AIA Middle East Lecture "Ramping Up Accessibility" | Dbayeh

AIA ME Lebanon in collaboration with the Branch of Architects at the Order of Engineers and Architects Beirut.
AIAS LAU and APAVE Liban cordially invites you to a lecture showcasing requirements for accessibility as well as comparison between international standards provided by
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and local standards based on decree number 7194. A smooth blending of people with special needs in all social and everyday life activities away from any prejudice.

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Friday, 15 March 2019
AIA Middle East Lecture "100 Years of Modern Iraqi Architecture" | Baghdad

For the last 100 years, Iraq was an experimental site for Iraqi and international architects 
whose works shaped Iraq's modern architecture style, 
Their work took place in Iraq and expanded to reach nearby countries. These unique and unrepeatable achievements in Iraq have been neglected and exposed to infringement.

Mohamed Ridha Al Chalabi (Iraqi architect, Author of several books, Assistant Professor in Baghdad University and a civilian activist) will explore this issue in his lecture about Modern Architecture in Iraq, its historical roots, reality challenges, and how it leads to identifying an Original Iraqi Temporary Architecture.

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Monday, 25  March 2019
AIA Middle East Lecture "Courtyards in Mosque Architecture" Presented by Prof. Islam Elghonaimy | Al-Khobar

AIA middle east in collaboration with the scientific program of Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture (AFAMA) are pleased to invite you to a lecture titled Courtyards in Mosque Architecture. 
The lecture will be presented by Prof. Islam Elghonaimy, professor of Architecture University of Bahrain, who will provide a historical overview of courtyards design, and its significance in religious buildings. 
The lecture will also discuss the utilization of courtyard as a model for sustainable design.
More info on the AIA ME Events Calendar

Tuesday, 26 March 2019
AIA Middle East Lecture "Process not Form" Presented by: Architect Fouad Samara | Byblos

AIA ME Lebanon in collaboration with the School of Architecture and Design at the Lebanese American University cordially invites you to a lecture by Architect Fouad Samara discussing a series of projects over a period of 25 years that explore a pursuit of an authentic, relevant, and original architecture through process driven design theory rather than a development or adoption of
form language.

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Tuesday to Wednesday, 02-03 April  2019
1st Kuwait GBC Annual Green Building Conference & Expo. | Kuwait

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019
AIA Middle east Movie "Microtopia" Directed by: Jesper Wachtmeister | Bahrain

Microtopia presents dreams of life in small, mobile or temporary spaces. Several successful architects, builders and artists from different parts of the world propose a radical solution to living space in which all unnecessary things are removed and seemingly old and worn-out items are utilized. 

How much space, stuff and comfort do we really need? Whether building islands from garbage, tents hanging from trees, micro-homes on wheels, residential sleeping pods or experimental urban parasitic architecture, they are united by the effort to find ways to form new communities.

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Thursday, 11 April 2019
AIAS Expo. Tefaseel " Transparent " | Kuwait

AIAS of Kuwait University in association with the AIA Middle East Chapter presented Tefaseel, an annual three days' exhibition at  AlHamra Luxury Cente r, Exhibition Hall with the event's Theme being " Transparent ".

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Tuesday to Thursday, 16 - 18 April 2019
2019 BICSI Middle East & Africa Conference | Dubai

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Saturday, 27 April 2019
Architects are Visual Thinkers or Policy Makers | Amman

Our profession as planners and designers is one of the most important professions in history, creating spaces, structures, landscapes to be safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing. We are visual thinkers and we influence decision makers if we strive to serve with passion and be fighters for a cleaner environment.

As a public servant in Jordan, I found that architects are problem solvers, caring about people, their culture and environment. During this lecture, we will discuss how we can be visual thinkers & policy makers.ed.  

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Monday, 29 April 2019
Accidental Architecture Through Play Presented by: Khalid Alsugair | Bahrain

Many cities are undergoing rapid transformation, experiencing urban erasures (tabula rasa), following the global trend of 'gentrification'. Calling from figures such as the British anarchist writer, Colin Ward; how can spaces be imagined through the re-composition of the city?

The lecture explored the technique of spatial-generation through the re-composition of cities such as London, into a series of architectural sections and axonometrics that are cut, spliced, and reassembled.  

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Thursday, 02 May 2019
Learn about AIA ME in Iraq | Erbil

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AIA Component  Connect !

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.

Daniel Libeskind
May 12,1946

Lebbeus Woods
 May 31, 1940

Walter Gropius
 May 18,1883 
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

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