I am an architect, artist, and researcher. My practice covers housing, institutional, and public building projects in Egypt and the Arab region, with an emphasis on design in historic structures. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical roots of traditional local architecture and its connection to modern society.
In addition to practicing conceptual architecture, since 2020, I work between Alexandria and Marseille as an independent cultural consultant for Mediterranean cultural collaborations in academic and cultural institutions. My area of expertise varies between doing field research, designing, developing, and implementing urban heritage and social strategy projects. This includes teaching about shared cultural heritage and conducting action-oriented workshops and courses.
In 2013, I founded Description of Alexandria, a documentation project for the cultural heritage of the city of Alexandria, seeking to document the city’s heritage and its architectural and cultural memories, presenting a true and actual image of today’s Alexandria and the recollections of the past. It also seeks to enhance the engagement of society in preserving its legacy through long-term awareness. My responsibilities include fieldwork and scholarly research into the city’s endangered architectural heritage. Contribute to the production of preliminary architectural documentation of the building, as well as an associated historical narrative. By working individually and with volunteers of young architects and artists, I am trying to shed light on the importance of our heritage, by studying social history and its impact on modern society. The aim is to spread the acquired knowledge by making them available online and through lectures and public talks.
In 2022, I studied Urban Heritage Strategies for port cities at IHS the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands REC and the Department of Architectural Engineering of the Delft University of Technology TUD. In 2012, I did a 3-year PGDip in Architectural and Environmental Design at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Arab Academy of Sciences, Alexandria, Egypt. Between 2000 and 2005, I completed a BA in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt.
In my approach to art, I use scientific research and artistic practice to understand modern Alexandria’s (and other cities’) socio-cultural patterns. In that respect, I study spaces of social gathering and interaction among the community “Society’s living room.” Try to read and analyze and then reconstruct alternative\parallel bottom-up social narratives of how society has been shaped by tangible and intangible inheritance, how it functions now, and how individuals adapt their physical environments to make their cities work for them.