SHARJAH ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL 2023
Tosin Oshinowo, the curator of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial’s second edition, is a Lagos-based Nigerian architect and designer, and the principal and founder of Oshinowo Studio, established in 2013. She has worked on a number of civic, commercial, and residential projects throughout Nigeria, and she is renowned for her socially responsive approach to architecture, design, and urbanism. Oshinowo’s key designs include a project with the United Nations Development Programme to build an entirely new community in northern Nigeria for a village displaced by Boko Haram, and the Maryland Mall in Lagos. Her work demonstrates a strong interest in architectural history while embodying a contemporary perspective on African design, innovation, and afro-minimalism. She partnered with Lexus on conceptual design exploration for Design Miami/ 2020 and co-curated the second Lagos Biennial in 2019. Oshinowo is a registered architect in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Before founding Oshinowo Studio, she worked in the offices of Skidmore Owings & Merrill in London and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where she was part of the team that designed the 4th Mainland Bridge proposal in 2008. Upon returning to Lagos, she practised at James Cubitt Architects and led notable projects, including the corporate head office building for Nigeria LNG in Port Harcourt. She has a BA in Architecture from Kingston University London, an MSc in Development and Planning: Building and Urban Design in Development from the University College London, an AA Diploma from the Architecture Association London, and a Master’s in Business for Architecture and Design from IE University Madrid.
Born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Matthew Maganga is the Curatorial Assistant at the 2023 Sharjah Architecture Triennial. Previously, he worked for ArchDaily as Junior Collaborator, and his writing on land, artistic practice, and architecture, has been featured on ArchDaily, frieze.com, Afterparti Issue #01: For the Love of Power, and the gestalten publication Concrete Jungle:tropical architecture and its surprising origins. He participated in the 2022 Frieze New Writers Programme and was selected as part of the fifth cohort of the New Architecture Writers Programme. He holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Kent.
Born in Switzerland, Julie Bonzon (Ph.D.) is a London-based art historian, photography curator, and writer. Following a Master in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2015), she completed an AHRC-funded Ph.D. in History of Art at University College London (2020), specialising in South African photography. Bonzon has led curatorial and education projects at Magnum Photos, The Photographer’s Gallery, The Ian Parry Scholarship, and Phillips Auction House and worked at Messums London as Director of Photography. She founded The Photographic Collective, a platform featuring lens-based artists living and working in Africa, in June 2020. A book based on her research, titled 'The Market Photo Workshop in South Africa and the 'Born Free' Generation: Remaking Histories' was published by Routledge Photography in 2023.
Myles Igwebuike is a Nigerian-American multidisciplinary designer. He has crafted his practice through a dynamic blend of disruption and adaptation across various media including design, sound, design thinking, and programming. This culminates with his TED Talk titled "Divergent Thinking as a Survival Strategy." Since 2018, his philosophy has centred on the intersection of curiosity and simplicity, drawing inspiration from the intricate, multi-dimensional, and sometimes paradoxical nature of the Kola Nut. Through a cross-pollination of disciplines, travel, and materials, he views himself as a cultural bridge and a guardian of heritage. His mission is to forge a universal design language free from medium constraints, giving birth to a fresh vision of African design. Myles is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Design at the Royal College of Art in London while maintaining a creative presence in Nigeria and the US.
Suha Hasan is the founder of ASH, an architecture practice based in Stockholm. Her research explores obscure histories, material conditions and environmental impacts connected to the built environment, specifically archaeological and heritage sites. She has lectured and taught in universities in Bahrain, Egypt, Singapore, Sweden, Sudan and the UK. She is the founder of Mawane, a platform for urban research based in Bahrain, and a founding member of the MSc (Modern Sudan collective). Both platforms enable research and the sharing of its outcomes through public art exhibitions, talks, and workshops. She is also the head of the AA Visiting School Khartoum and has served as a consultant for UNDP Sudan. Her current research investigates the agency of architecture and archives in the formation of memory in the post-colonial city. She earned a PhD from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Suha currently lives and works between Bahrain, Khartoum, London, and Stockholm.
SHARJAH ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL
Mona El-Mousfy is an architect and the founder of SpaceContinuum, a research-based architecture practice that explores the relationship between space, shared social practices, and sociocultural conditions. An advisor of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Al-Mousfy was instrumental in founding the initiative in 2017. She also serves as an Architectural Consultant for the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) where she has worked on several projects including the successive editions of the Sharjah Biennial since 2005. El-Mousfy is currently engaged in various adaptive reuse projects leading a team of architects at the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She designed the SAF Art Spaces Al Mureijah in 2013, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Agha Khan Award for Architecture, and the Rainroom Al Mujarrah in 2018. Her most recent adaptive reuse project is the Flying Saucer, 2020, where she has restored the original mid-1970s character of the building while introducing a new outdoor public space and a community space around a sunken courtyard. El-Mousfy has previously taught at the College of Architecture, Art, and Design, American University of Sharjah, where she held a full-time position from 2002 to 2014.
Anum Laghari is a Senior Communications Coordinator at Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, UAE. She has previously worked at contracting and consulting firms in the UAE and has participated in several research projects with a particular focus on sustainability and social housing. She interned for the UAE National Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennial and has completed stints at Art Dubai and Dubai Design Week in Communications, Programming, and Community Outreach.
Fermín Guerrero is a Senior Graphic Designer at Sharjah Architecture Triennial. Born in Uruguay, he has practiced as a graphic and typeface designer for several years. After he completed his bachelor's degree in industrial design in 2010, he moved to Switzerland to study Visual Communication at the Haute École d'Art et de Design (HEAD), Geneva, where he received his BA summa cum laude. He subsequently went on to complete a master's degree in Typeface Design at the University of Reading, UK, for which he received a distinction in 2015. He has worked on a wide range of projects across different disciplines and has won several prestigious prizes and commissions, with his work featured in the most relevant design publications.
Sharmeen Azam Inayat
Sharmeen is a researcher and cultural worker. She is broadly interested in critical development studies, decoloniality, and transnational feminist theories. Her research is invested in reworking conformed relations of spatial governance, migrant precarity, and environmental rights. Sharmeen has previously worked with nonprofits and organisations including Visualizing Palestine, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, and the Sharjah Art Foundation. She was a Design Architect on the team for the Mureijah Art Spaces, shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a Production Architect on urban interventions for Sharjah Biennials 10 and 11. Her independent research has been exhibited on platforms including Hamburger Bahnhof Museum for Contemporary Art, Gulf Research Centre Cambridge, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Art Dubai, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Asia Europe Foundation, Villa Vassilieff, Betonsalon, Mithila Bhavan Akhara Ayodhya and the Independent Museum of Contemporary Art in Limassol. She joined the Sharjah Architecture Triennial as a Research and Strategy Consultant in 2018 and is currently charting the SAT Research Initiative.
Rowaida Badawieh was born and brought up in Dubai, UAE. She received her master’s Degree in Business Administration in 2012 from the University of Atlanta. She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services sector and previously held a Banking Operation Manager position at Citibank. She joined Sharjah Architecture Triennial in April 2019 as a Senior Administrative Coordinator.
Tamara Barrage is a designer and artist with a master’s degree in Contextual Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven and a master’s degree in Product Design from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). In 2014, she established a design and art studio in Beirut exploring the tactile and sensorial characteristics of various materials. Using an array of experimental techniques, Tamara aspires to better articulate how forms and textures provoke senses, impact emotions, and articulate memories. In 2016, Tamara taught Design and Material Exploration at the Product Design department at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art and later joined the faculty team of the Lebanese American University, School of Architecture and Design. Tamara participated in several international exhibitions including, Abwab (Dubai), Sharjah Biennale (Beirut), Maison et Objet (Paris), House of Today (Beirut), Athr Gallery (Jeddah), Design Days Dubai (Dubai), Biennale Internationale de Design (St Etienne), Salone del Mobile (Milan) among others.
Abanob Ataia is a UAE-based architect and designer who grew up in Kuwait. He completed a bachelor's in Architectural Design from the American University of Sharjah in 2019. He helped the Sharjah Architecture Triennial’s team with tasks of architectural research, project coordination, and project management. While studying, he interned in several firms aiming to improve his skills and push the boundaries of his professional experience. Since graduation, he has entered several local and international competitions to further his training and exposure.
Born in Iraq and brought up in the UAE, Yaala Younis completed his bachelor’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Sharjah University in 2020. During his education, Yaala participated in several cultural, scientific, and sports activities and interned at Darwish Engineering Emirates where he worked with large and diverse teams on highly detailed projects. Through his training, Yaala has always been drawn to design and architecture as a means of improving the quality of life in the community.
Vikshitha Gundmi completed her MBA in Finance and HR in 2012 from SDM College for Management Studies and Research, Mangalore with first class honours. During her studies, she received several university and state awards and represented India in the Youth Delegation to South Korea. She has several years of experience in diverse accounting fields both in India and the UAE.
Adesola is an ARB registered, multi-award-winning architect, with more than a decade’s experience in architecture. She holds BSc, master's, and post-graduate diploma degrees in Architecture from the University of Bath, the Academy of Architecture (USI) in Switzerland, and Cardiff University respectively. She advocates a holistic approach to sustainability in the built environment and considers a thorough understanding of contextual, historical, social, physical, and contemporary to be integral to the design process. She has worked on diverse international projects, each reflecting the idiosyncrasies of the vibrant cities they inhabit: London, Lagos, Luanda, and Kigali to name a few. Most recently, her work has centred on the conservation, adaptation, and augmentation of historically and culturally significant buildings. Her restoration projects on two 18th-century buildings have won Georgian Group awards in 2016 and 2021, the Stanford White Award in 2016, and the Historic Houses Award for Restoration in 2021. She has been a visiting critic at the University of the Arts London, a design studio tutor at the University of Bath, and a volunteer with the RIBA Architecture Ambassador Programme in London.
Sahil Abdul Latheef
Sahil Abdul Latheef is an architect and educator. He is currently the Curatorial Coordinator for Public Programmes at Sharjah Architecture Triennial. While based in the UAE, his work as an architect has taken him to various cities with extended stints in London, Mumbai, and Singapore. He has been part of several urban research initiatives in Mumbai and Dubai. Over the past ten years, Sahil has also been actively involved in architectural pedagogy at various design institutes in India and the UAE as a visiting design tutor, critic, and lecturer; and has led multiple architectural and cultural field trips to various cities in Europe, Middle East, and South Asia. In 2017, Sahil co-founded the design collective ThreeFlaneurs which been authors, documents, and curates design events at the intersection of design and travel.
Anam Aziz is a UAE-based architectural designer who graduated from Heriot Watt University. She is currently working as the Outreach Coordinator at the Sharjah Architectural Triennial. In her role, she collaborates closely with the Communications and Programming Teams, fostering human connections and addressing diverse community needs. Anam actively engages in public relations, and event organising, and conducts first-hand research to support sustainable and community-driven design.
Born in Cairo, Ahmed completed his BA in Literature in 2010. Since 2022 he has been the Design Store Coordinator and Resident Photographer at Sharjah Architecture Triennial.
Zaynab Kriouech is a Moroccan multidisciplinary designer, who has worked across the fields of type design, visual identities, illustration, editorial design, and printed matter. Moving away from screen-based visual expression, Zaynab brings into play technology to create objects that value physical expression and experience.
Raghad Al-Ali is an architect, designer, and glass artist, who explores natural environments and forms through material research, design, and digital fabrication. She is the Materials Programme Coordinator at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial Foundation. In 2022, Raghad was awarded the Architecture of Culture fellowship by the American University of Sharjah. She was also commissioned by Irthi Crafts Council, and her work was exhibited at the 2023 Milano Salone del Mobile. In 2020, Raghad founded her glass research studio, Whymsicals. Her work was exhibited in Dubai Design Week (2021 and 2022), shortlisted for several awards, and featured in IDentity magazine and MGF Milano. In 2016, Raghad co-founded MRM, a group of interdisciplinary designers that explores crossovers between craft and technology. The group’s work has been exhibited at Art Dubai and Amman Design Week (2019).
Yousef Taalab is an architect and engineer born in Menofiya, Egypt, and brought up in Dubai, UAE. In 2020, he completed his bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from the British University in Egypt and has since worked on several interior and renovation projects with the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces. In 2022, Yousef joined the Sharjah Art Foundation for the Sharjah Biennial 15, where he coordinated production and maintenance work for several venues and museums around the emirate of Sharjah.
Miguel Falci is an architect and artist with an extensive experience in events and management. Recently he was responsible for the data intelligence unit at the Brazil Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Tokyo. While in Japan, he worked on setting up exhibitions for Shigeru Ban Architects, gave lectures, and contributed to a publication on architect Lina Bo Bardi. As an artist, he explores different media, from drawings and printmaking to photography and audio installations. His work was featured in group exhibitions and events in Brazil, Portugal, and Belarus. In 2020, he published a livre d'artiste with photographs taken during the time he spent in Japan. He joined Sharjah Architecture Triennial in May 2023 as Production Manager.
Nihal Halimeh is a Palestinian architect and researcher from Lebanon. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture with Honors from Lebanese American University. Nihal has practiced architecture and urban design research in several firms and institutions. Her expertise lies in her work on sustainable community projects with a specific interest in issues of cultural identity and responsive design while also interrogating the relationship between social resistance and architecture. Nihal’s work has been published and exhibited widely in galleries such as Maxxi Museum, Italy “Home Beirut, Sounding the Neighbors”, 2017; Oslo School of Architecture, Norway “Systemic Design RSD6”, 2018; Paris Diderot University, France “Thinking Alternatives”, 2018. University of Thessaly, Greece “Hommage a Beyrouth”, 2018. Prior to her involvement with the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Nihal enhanced her expertise at Bernard Khoury Architects in Beirut and Pragma Architects Planners in Dubai, undertaking intricate projects known for their high-architecture detailing at various stages from conception to execution.
Hussain Jaffar Mohammad
Hussain Jaffar Mohammed is a PR Coordinator at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (SAT). Native to Pakistan, yet born and raised in the UAE, he is a polyglot and has worked for over 26 years as a policeman at the Sharjah Police Headquarters. Mohammed’s career has spanned over 30 years across multiple fields and various government entities such as the Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum, and currently, the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. Besides his work at SAT, he is an expert in document control, transportation, maintaining positive customer relationships, and more.
Laura Navarro is an interior architect from Mexico, with an M.A. in Integrated Design from the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. She has 11 years of experience in stage, retail, installation, and exhibition design, as well as creative direction and project management. Her work is centred around the intersection of spatial/social design and site-specific art, emphasizing the importance of research, experimentation, and striking a balance between creativity and human connection.
Throughout her career, she has founded and taken part in social and participative design programs in Germany, the UK, France, Canada, and Mexico. Laura co-directs a social art project named "SIN PALABRAS” which is an initiative that aims to assist individuals in vulnerable situations such as refugees, and it has worked alongside international organizations, including the United Nations, UNHCR, and Centre France Terre d'Asile.
Shareeja Kottaparambil Abdul Majeed
Having lived in the UAE for over 30 years, Shareeja has developed a profound knowledge of the country’s vibrant culture. She serves as a Travel and Hospitality Coordinator at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial 2, after having previously worked at Sharjah Architecture Triennial 1 and the Sharjah Art Foundation. Shareeja has an IATA UFTAA certification from Skyline University College, Sharjah, and Master Galileo Fare and Ticketing from the Emirates Training College in Dubai in 2001. Beyond her professional pursuits, her life is a canvas painted with the colours of travel, culinary exploration, the enchantment of books, and the thrill of design.
Mehiar Bitari is an architect and designer, with a passion for art and education. After graduating from the American University of Sharjah with a bachelor’s in Architecture, he worked as a freelancer in various design fields, sparking his interest to pursue a master’s degree in a multidisciplinary design programme based on the Bauhaus philosophy in Germany. He is currently preparing for his thesis which explores how interactive landscapes in video games convey ideas and evoke emotions. He believes this medium to be a platform for communicating and propagating empathy, becoming a vessel for storytelling that bridges the gap between the artist, the subject matter, and the audience. Bitari is also fascinated by the potential of integrating architectural methods to better visualise projects. His experience in fabrication supplements his interest in digital media and provides for real-life applications and analogue design.
Shahbaz Ahmed is a detail-oriented architect with a strong belief in a comprehensive approach to design. Born and raised in Dubai, UAE, he pursued his undergraduate degree in architecture at Bangalore’s Ramaiah Institute of Technology in India. This unique cross-cultural experience, combined with the profound influence of UAE’s modern architecture and urban planning, significantly shaped his design philosophy to be both innovative and contextually sensitive. With four years of industry experience, Shahbaz has successfully worked on a wide range of architectural projects, both locally and internationally. His portfolio encompasses projects, from urban revitalization projects that focus on rejuvenating neglected spaces to innovative precast modular homes designed for efficiency and sustainability. Each project reflects a unique blend of architectural expertise and a profound respect for the unique characteristics of its surroundings. Beyond his architectural prowess, Shahbaz is also actively engaged in initiatives that promote education, mentorship, and social impact within the design community. His quest for architectural excellence extends beyond conventional boundaries, propelling him on a journey where each project presents an opportunity for innovation and makes a positive impact on the built environment.
Asma Mohamad Hassouni
Asma Mohamad Hassouni is a proud Sharjawi and a passionate young Emirati. She holds a master’s degree in Literatures of Communication from the University of Sharjah, and she has been the Deputy Director of Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah for over 10 years, while working in the meantime as News Anchor at Sharjah Radio and Television Authority since 2017. Hassouni was tasked with many projects such as working in the Kingdom of Bahrain for 6 months at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs in 2016, and working as the Head of Corporate Communication in the Sharjah Child Friendly Office, where she worked on obtaining the title of “Child-Friendly Emirate” from the UNICEF in 2018. She was on the protocol committee of various events in Sharjah, including Investing in the Future Conference (IIFMENA) and Women's Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS). Since 2019 Hassouni works as a Government Relations and Communications Consultant for the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She focuses on enhancing the Triennial’s vision and mission in the local community in cooperation with local authorities in Sharjah. Her passion for media goes back to her childhood. As early as a ten-year-old and for 7 yearsshe worked in presenting programs on Sharjah TV. Joining the Higher Colleges of Technology in Sharjah in 2007 was a turning point for her personal perspective on media as she discovered her love for working on documentaries dealing with controversial topics. She produced two documentaries during her studies before graduating with distinction. Hassouni is characterized by high skill in communication and dialogue, and she is attracted to youth groups where she can exchange views and learn about different cultures and ideas. Hassouni believes that the secret of success lies behind consolidating relations which facilitates building bridges and drives development.
SHARJAH ARCHITECTURE TRIENNIAL 2023 INTERNS
Born in India and raised in the United Arab Emirates, Misbah Tanwer completed her bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and her master’s degree in Renewable Energy Engineering from Heriot Watt University. Misbah has always been keen on sustainability and urbanism and believes the term ’sustainable’ does not refer just to the environment, but also to protecting communities and traditional ways of living. Throughout her university years, she researched and tackled topics such as the thermal comfort of pedestrians and anthropogenic heat effect in urban environments and has been a part of various energy conservation projects. She joined Sharjah Architectural Triennial as a Community Outreach intern in November 2022 for ‘Al Manakh Spaces’ and ‘The SAT Research Initiative’ programmes. She currently interns with the Communications team.
Nandhana Mukundan is an intern at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She started her journey at SAT as part of the Communications Outreach team for institutional and edition programmes ‘The SAT Research Initiative’, ‘Communal Tectonics’, and ‘Al Manakh Spaces’. She currently works in SAT’s communications department. Nandana graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Heriot Watt University in Dubai. During her time at the university, she extensively studied modern and historical architecture and infrastructure. She has also served as a designer on various Dubai-based projects including housing, museums, and cafes.
Fabya Mohammed is a researcher with a background in architecture and urban design. She is a strong advocate of research-based design, particularly focused on the impact of historical, social, cultural, and environmental factors on users' choice of spatial organization and perception of urban space. She has worked for several Indian firms, NGOs, and public sector institutions where she demonstrated her commitment to sustainable building solutions that prioritise the social well-being of communities. She received the National Award for Excellence in Undergraduate and Postgraduate Thesis respectively in 2020 and 2022 from the Council of Architecture in India. Her most recent contributions include a comprehensive study on urban soundscapes emphasising the need for sound-conscious environments.
Sundos Alsheebani is a Sharjah-based designer, artist, and researcher. She graduated with a BFA from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises (CACE) at Zayed University in 2020. During her studies, Alsheebani has worked as a teaching assistant and a research assistant. She was also involved in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Programme at Zayed University which allowed her to present her research locally and internationally. In addition to her academic experience, Alsheebani has worked as a freelance creative designer for various clients across the UAE. Her work was exhibited in Vantage Point 8 at Sharjah Art Foundation, and Dubai Design District.
Evangelin Vergis is a production intern assisting the Sharjah Architecture Triennial team with planning and coordinating the triennial’s second edition. She holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in Architectural Design from Heriot-Watt University, Dubai. Her graduation project on fast fashion consumption was featured in the RIBA China Chapter’s ‘She is an architect’ exhibition at ZiWu Gallery, Shanghai. Evangelin won first place in the EGIS Collaboration Week competition to design a student accommodation complex in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, and second place for the design of a Waterfront Villa at Heriot-Watt University’s 6th Architectural Design Showcase. She has interned at Atkins, Dubai, supporting the sustainability team with in-depth assessment of key projects and assisting in developing the sustainability certification submission. Her writing on architecture was featured in Rethinking the Future, an online architecture platform.
Alya is a researcher and artist from Cairo currently based in the UAE. She is deeply invested in migration, collective memory, and urbanism. She graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2022 with a dual degree in Film and Sociology. Her thesis film Ghorba was screened at the Arab American National Museum and her work has been featured in Sekka, Afkar Journal, Unootha, Inquiries, Banat Collective, and Bridge Chicago. She was a 2021 NYU Gallatin Global Fellow for Human Rights and has previously worked with the Arab Reform Initiative, Egypt Migrations, Dhakira Center for Heritage Studies, and Haraka Experimental Lab for Arab Art and Social Thought.
Mazyar Etehadi is a multidisciplinary designer with expertise spanning multiple fields. He completed his bachelor's degree in Product and Fashion Design at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation in 2023. His career is consistently marked by a commitment to include sustainability and innovation in every project he undertakes. Mazyar's innovative touch is evident in his exploration of diverse biomaterials, which he has skilfully integrated into various design aspects. His work has been showcased in renowned exhibitions such as the London Design Biennale, Prototypes of Humanity, and Gitex Global, among others. He is dedicated to pushing creative boundaries and committed to environmentally conscious methods.
Born in KSA and raised in the UAE, Nadine holds a bachelor's degree in interior design from the American University of Sharjah. Her time there nurtured an appreciation for the principles of design and the power of enhancing lives through transforming spaces. As part of the production team at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, her passion for design merges with her commitment to material research. She melds her academic knowledge with real-world experiences, embodying the rich diversity of the region.
Mohamed Rashad is a Sudanese architect, designer, and computational designer pursuing a bachelor's degree in architecture at Ajman University. His research methodology and architectural interests reflect the notion of integrating new forms of technological development with architecture, while still maintaining the programmatic and vernacular aspects of the design. His main objective is to find ways to incorporate different disciplines and ideologies within the design realm to further enhance the user experience.
Amal Salloum holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture and Design from the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah. Following her graduation, she transitioned her architectural expertise into the realm of photography. Amal is passionate about architectural photography, utilising it as a means to capture and preserve notable architectural landmarks in the UAE. She aims to build a valuable reference archive for students, up-and-coming architects, and enthusiasts alike. In addition to her photography pursuits, Amal is keen on directing her professional focus to commercial interior design and project coordination.
Zoran Rao is a dynamic architect with a passion for adaptive reuse design and cultural heritage preservation. He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Heriot-Watt University. With 3 years of on-site experience in interior design specialising in hand-tufted carpet design, he strives to offer valuable support to the Sharjah Architecture Triennial production team. Zoran’s designs not only exemplify cutting-edge contemporary concepts but also reflect his deep reverence for culture and heritage preservation.
Dinisha Dinesh is an architect and multi-disciplinary designer from Dubai, UAE. While studying architecture at the American University of Sharjah, Dinisha became a writing tutor specialising in scientific research writing, in addition to being an undergraduate research assistant in multi-planar robotic tube bending. Utilising her knowledge of architecture to design spaces that evoke emotions, Dinisha drew toward phenomenology and material experimentation. She has acquired extensive knowledge in commercial and residential architecture working at award-winning firms such as Killa Design and NORR Group. Dinisha is currently an architectural intern at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial and aspires to create change in the field of design by understanding the factors that shape the relationship between humans and architecture. Her interests include material sciences, research-oriented writing, fabrication, and experimental architecture. She is also actively involved in the field of education, working as a part-time design and academic writing tutor for both design and non-design students.
Rand is an interior designer with a fascinating blend of cultural influences. Originally from Syria, Rand was raised in the UAE. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from the American University of Sharjah, where she honed her creative talents and design expertise. Her work was featured in the D3 Six Degrees exhibition including furniture design, casting, and 3D printing. Rand aims at exploring new horizons actively engaging in design competitions, and demonstrating a strong commitment to volunteering. She has recently joined Sharjah Architecture Triennial assisting in design and production.
Tasneem AlNabhani is a RIBA Part 1 architect, artist, and curatorial intern at the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. She holds a BA from the University of Sheffield. With a profound passion for crafting spaces that engage the senses and fit within their social and environmental context, she is especially focused on user-sensitive design. Tasneem's professional journey includes working on architectural design, interior design, UX/UI design, and product design for several multi-disciplinary design firms in Oman. Her experience has strengthened her belief in the vital synergy between architects and experts from various fields and has forged her approach based on dissolving conventional boundaries as she strives to create immersive, contextually rich experiences that improve the built environment.
Priyanka Nair is an architect with an undergraduate degree from NITTE Institute of Architecture, Mangalore. She has interned at design firms like Hunnarshala in Kutch, India, and Waiwai Design in Dubai, sparking her passion for material studies, research, and sustainable architecture. Additionally, she has worked for over a year as a content curator at Love That Design, a digital platform focused on publishing and promoting the AEC industry in the region. Priyanka focuses on the intersection of anthropology and the built environment, as she aims to explore how human behaviour and culture shape our response to space.