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RIBA Gulf December 2017 newsletter


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RIBA Gulf December 2017 newsletter

  1. 1. December 2017 Newsletter
  2. 2. The Committee Members The committee was elected to serve and would love to hear what you have to say or what you would like it to address. Contact them on our social media platforms: RIBA Gulf Chapter RIBA Gulf @RIBAGulf RIBA_Gulf Sumaya Dabbagh Dubai, UAE Honorary Chair Jonathan French Dubai, UAE Honorary Secretary Andrew Mowat Dubai, UAE Honorary Treasurer Mohamad Al-Dah Dubai UAE Member May Al Hinai Oman Magazine and Media Editor Dr. Hasim Altan Dubai, UAE Education Representative Jonathan Ashmore Dubai, UAE Member Mohammed El Arabi Dubai, UAE Social Media Coordinator Kim Nielsen Dubai, UAE Events Planner Mary Jane Rooney Dubai, UAE Education Representative Vishal Sawlani Dubai, UAE Events Coordinator Paolo Testolini Dubai, UAE Events Coordinator Sarah Abdulla Bahrain Chapter Representative – Bahrain Jasbir Bhamra Qatar Chapter Representative- Qatar Amy Lam Jeddah, KSA Chapter Representative - Jeddah, KSA Natalia Naber Castillo Jordan Chapter Representative-Jordan Ian Purser Kuwait Chapter Representative – Kuwait Rohan Thotabaduge Oman Chapter Representative – Oman
  3. 3. Chair’s Note 4 People One on One: Ralf Steinhauer 5 Projects Al Haramain High Speed RaiL, KSA 8 News Grimshaw Launches Office in Dubai 10 May Al Hinai Wins Best Architect 11 Become an RIBA Mentor in Dubai 12 Dubai Design Week: Aidah 13 AREA awards 2017 15 World Architecture Festival Awards 2017 16 Recent Design MENA Summit 2017 17 Events Mentoring Talk to students of Effat University 18 IStructE - RIBA Retrofit Debate 19 CPD Talk - Technal 20 RIBA Routes to Membership 21 The RIBA President’s Medals Gulf Tour Exhibition 22 RIBA Gulf at CItyScape Global 23 Rethinking Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula 24 Upcoming 25 Events Contents
  4. 4. Dear Members, I hope you will enjoy browsing through this issue and the highlights of our recent events. The regions busiest event season has meant many opportunities for the RIBA Gulf Chapter to partner and be visible in the various regions as you will see in the extensive section on events in this Newsletter. The season had started in September, with RIBA’s participation at Cityscape Global in partnership with the Department of International Trade. There was a lot of interest generated which prompted a talk that followed soon after, in October, about Routes to Membership by Alison Mackinder, Professional Education Programmes Director at the RIBA HQ. Furthermore, behind the scenes, the committee has been busy in the past few months planning for 2018. We are planning some exciting events, which we will announce once the dates are confirmed early in the new year. On the educational front, we are keen to encourage better engagement between practicing architects and students through a new Mentorship Scheme we are about to launch. The driving force behind this is Mary Jane Rooney, the Head of Architecture at Heriot Watt University, who has first-hand experience of setting up a similar scheme. We are delighted that she is sharing her experience with us here and implementing the scheme as a pilot for the Gulf Region as of January 2018. Details of which are outlined in this issue. Fosters Al Haramain High speed Rail Stations in Saudi Arabia are this issue’s Project Feature. A simple and elegant design for four stations forming a long awaited rail connection between the two Holy Cities of Makkah and Medina via Jeddah and King Abdulla Economic City. The subject of our One on One interview for this issue is Ralf Steinhauer, Director of RSP. He offers insights into his professional life, his influences and his achievements. Following the success of the RIBA Presidents Medal Awards Exhibition Tour this year, we look forward to building on the collaborative relationships with the participating Universities across the Gulf. The recently announced winning entries of 2017 will be showcased in another tour next year starting as of January 2018. Next year’s tour will cover a wider participation of more Universities from across the Gulf. We owe the success of our recent events to those who helped organize them and all those who attended. Particular thanks to our sponsors Mapei for their invaluable support without which many of our events would not be possible. Also a big Thank You to all our Partners and collaborators. These include: The British Council, The Big 5 Architecture Talks, Cityscape Global, Department of International Trade, Design MENA Summit, Institution of Structural Engineers, Mawane, Technal, as well as all the regional Universities that participated in the Presidents Medal Exhibition Tour. We look forward to another successful year of collaboration in 2018. I invite you to connect with us and “like” us through our social media platforms in order to keep up to date with events and news. Your feedback, suggestions and contribution to the chapter are vital for its continued growth and success. Wishing you all a fantastic end of year and I look forward to working together with you all in 2018. Warm wishes, Sumaya Dabbagh Chair, RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair’s Note
  5. 5. One on One: RalfSteinhauer Ralf has over 15 years of professional experience in the MEASA region. His predilection with architecture is one that exerts a comprehensive knowledge base, spanning from conceptual design through to project delivery. As an accomplished and inspiring leader, he has led his teams from concept design, to the successful completion of significant and award winning projects. With a diverse portfolio under his belt, Ralf’s key areas of focus include large-scale hospitality, mixed-use lifestyle, and innovative projects in education sector. Ralf asserts an all-rounded position, which can only be achieved through a well-balanced program of commercial practice, academia and building. His on-going dedication to knowledge sharing,researchandconstantchallengeofdesignmethodologies, is channelled through his role as Guest Lecturer at the Department of Architecture at the Canadian University in Dubai. Ralf was recently honoured as one of the Top 40 Most Powerful Architects of the Middle East. People 5
  6. 6. Q1: What drives you in your work? A1: Being born into an architectural family let me live and breathe this profession from a very early age. My father has been an inspiration and mentor for all my life and I am trying to continue his legacy. Perfection and an insatiable appetite for exceptional design and challenging projects keep me driven and motivated. Q2: How would you label your design approach? A2: Being raised in Germany influenced my design philosophy – finding the fine line between art and engineering. Less is more (quote by Mies van der Rohe). Q3: Who are your Architectural heroes? A3: Oscar Niemeyer for his poetic lines. I can only highly recommend reading his memoirs – The Curve of Times. Mies van der Rohe for his simplistic elegance – everyone should visit the New National Gallery in Berlin or the Barcelona Pavilion. Le Corbusier for his 5 Points of Architecture which changed our profession forever and his buildings at the Weissenhof Siedlung in Stuttgart. Frank Lloyd Wright for the Guggenheim Museum in NYC – for me the best museum worldwide. And the entire RSP Team who are working so hard every day producing amazing and award winning work. People 6
  7. 7. Q4: What makes a project most rewarding for you? A4: When a project is actually getting build. As an architect, you put so much hard work, time and soul into a project and it might end up in an archive folder on your server. Seeing how people interact with the spaces you created and how they perceive the experience. Revisiting projects that are completed for some time and realising that they are still there and successful. Q5: What is your greatest architectural achievement to date? A5: Getting married this year and the opening of Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi. As it was my first project in RSP it means a lot to see it through from Concept to Completion. Q6: Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? What do you wish for in the future? A6: Still in Dubai. This chapter of my professional life is not finished yet and many more exciting projects are waiting around the corner. In the future I wish for more open dialogue about design and aesthetics; and less about time and money. This city has so much potential and has progressed already so far in the 10+ years I have been here and I think it is time now to talk about quality instead of quantity. People 7
  8. 8. The Haramain High-speed Railway is a major infrastructure project for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, connecting the cities of Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah and the developing King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). The stations are conceived as gateways to each city, filled with places to meet, shop, eat and shelter from the sun. Altogether, the large, flexible stations will cover an area more than 30 times the size of London’s Trafalgar Square and will initially accommodate an anticipated 60 million passengers – approximately six times the number of passengers that take the Eurostar from St Pancras each year. This is expected to increase to 135 million passengers by 2042. The modular approach to the stations’ design is complemented by variations in colour, which signify the four cities while remaining emblematic of the HHR system. The terminal stations of Medina and Makkah are characterised by a rich colour palette: Makkah Station references the gold leaf of the decorated Kab’ah and the city’s significance as a holy site, while Madinah Station’s vivid green colour draws inspiration from the Mosque of the Prophet. Jeddah Station features a shade of purple which has a particular resonance with the city and KAEC’s station is a futuristic blue and silver, representative of its role as a modern new city. Drawing on Islamic architecture, the design concept takes the traditional gateway arch form as the basis for its roof design. The design, common to all stations, features a sequence of 25-metre- high arches rising from the concourse, complemented by smaller 9-metre-high arches at platform level. Supported by freestanding structural trees, repeated on a 27-metre square grid, the arches connect to form a flexible vaulted roof. By following the direction of the trains, the arrangement of spaces helps passengers navigate the stations intuitively, with few level changes and the interior spaces provide respite from the heat of the desert. Following a ‘kit-of- parts’ approach, each station has a combination of different facades according to their orientation – solid facades are used where visibility is not essential, in order to reduce solar gain. The glazed entrances to the concourse and the platforms are concealed behind a combination of external mashrabiya and the deep overhanging roof canopies. Each station is oriented according to the path of the sun, turning from Madinah Station, which faces east, to north- facing Makkah Station. Their changing position is articulated through openings in the roof, through which light tubes draw daylight down to the concourse level and animate the space. At night, spotlights between the perforations give the impression of stars in a night sky. Spherical chandeliers, suspended between the arches, provide focused lighting, mediating between the scale of the roof and concourse level and accentuating the rhythm of the structure. Al Haramain High Speed Rail Stations Foster + Partners Projects8
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  10. 10. On Tuesday 31st October, Grimshaw launched their new office in Dubai, located in the D3 Design District. After many years of working on projects in the Middle East, the Dubai office will act as a central hub for the practice’s projects in the region, a number of which are now on site. While providing the opportunity for face-to-face client support, the Dubai office is also set up to collaborate with other Grimshaw offices across the global network to encourage knowledge exchange within the company. The practice continues to work on projects initiated from its Doha office, but now with an added office resource in the UAE to support a major project in its design and construction; the Dubai Expo 2020 Sustainability Pavilion. Set to open in October 2020, the pavilion is a celebration of ecology and will be a working demonstration of sustainable design. The core exhibition building is crowned by an over-arching roof structure with sizable photovoltaic panels designed to draw energy from the sun to power the site, and a series of ‘solar trees’ are designed to harvest water from the humid atmosphere. Importantly, as a legacy project for the Dubai Expo, the Sustainability Pavilion will remain on site as a permanent fixture. Grimshaw’sotherkeyprojectsintheregioninclude a high-end retail and entertainment destination; a grand-scale botanic garden in Oman; and a number of transit, sports and leisure projects in Qatar. In the near future, the office is involved in Dubai Design Week with an Open House on November 14th and a Computational Design and VR Workshop on the November 14th – 15th. Visitors will also have a chance to see the practice’s ‘Emergence’ exhibition which explores three themes central to Grimshaw’s work in the Middle East: ecology, legacy and future urbanism. Grimshaw launches office in Dubai News10
  11. 11. NEWs: May AL Hinai, Design Architect, Atkins OMan and Riba Gulf Editor wins Dossier Awards Best Architect 2017 News11 One of the year’s highlights on the Oman events calendar is the Dossier Construction Infra Conference and Awards Summit. The event aims to drive the exchange of knowledge and best practices within the industry via a summit and an awards ceremony. One of the award categories was for best Architect of the Year Award, awarded to May AlHinai,DesignArchitect at Atkins Oman.
  12. 12. BECOME AN RIBA MENTOR IN DUBAI RIBA GULF STUDENT MENTORING SCHEME 2017-2018 Motivate and Transform This proposal aims at implementing a pilot of the very successful RIBA Student Mentoring scheme that is offered to Undergraduate RIBA student members during the spring and summer terms in UK schools of Architecture each academic year. We know that mentoring architecture students helps students gain the confidence to move into practice, particularly for those who have no contacts in the profession. In the UK students reported that they began to have the confidence to see that they could work in an architects practice. They also reported ‘I can see that what we design and the way we study is relevant to practice.’ Many practitioners experienced great satisfaction in mentoring students and in transmitting their knowledge of their discipline and love of their profession. The RIBA Mentoring scheme is intended to give students ‘an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience’. RIBA MENTORING SCHEME The RIBA mentoring scheme is offered as a pilot in Dubai by RIBA Gulf Architects in conjunction with the Heriot Watt Architecture Program which is an candidate course for RIBA Part 1. The RIBA Mentoring scheme will be started in Spring 2018 in Dubai. HOW WILL THE RIBA GULF ARCHITECTS MENTORING SCHEME WORK? RIBA student members taking part in the scheme would be matched with mentors in their practices, and could also meet through an informal event at Heriot Watt in January 2018. Mentors and their mentees would arrange to hold at least three meetings of at least two hours, before the end of May in (2018). These meetings will cover: RIBA Mentoring, in action in the UK. • an introduction to working life at the practice • an introduction to a successful project • an offer to follow-through of a current live project • an offer to attend a site visit or a meeting of the design team CAN I BE A RIBA STUDENT MENTOR? Mentors can be Chartered RIBA practices, RIBA Architects who work for a Chartered Practice or RIBA Members. A mentor will: • demonstrate design in practice • offer an insight into the business of architecture and experience of practice • provide support on professionally-related matters • introduce the concept of professionalism; and the value of a professional institute. • support a visit to a project or site (check insurance) PROPOSED LAUNCH EVENT January 2018 3.00-5.00 pm (Heriot Watt will offer a ‘Launch Event’ for RIBA Gulf members who wish to participate in January 2018. This has been very popular previously, as both students and practices enjoy seeing the range of practices and students. We would expect this presentation to cover: • No of employees e.g. Large practice / small studio / • The manifesto of the practice/ positioning statement • Type of practice / Website / how it is structured • Range of work / Award winning / One project in more detail • How many students could participate / how we would wish to work with them STUDENT MENTOR If you are interested in becoming a student mentor please contact: Professor Mary Jane Rooney at MENTORING counts for CPD and is eligible for CPD points. News12
  13. 13. “Aidah” Kublai Khan entered the courtyard. The pace of his stride sounded majestic and calm, with each step echoing in the arcade clearly but with an audible heaviness, as if tired from carrying the burden of the whole empire. The sun gently filtered through the green leaves and reached Marco Polo who was sketching under the tall tree. Surprised by the approaching footsteps, Marco looked up and a hint of a smile appeared on his face. Kublai stopped, and the silence flooded the courtyard with palpable tension. Even the old pavement stones seemed to be respectfully waiting for the emperor to say a word. “Marco,” said the emperor, “Look at these beautiful flowers. They will be dead one day, when we are not here to look after them. And even your sketches will vanish in a rainy night. What will be left of this beautiful place?” Marco replied: “My emperor, the solid stones of this palace will be here forever. Architecture stays, it has the power to oppose the vicious tyranny of time and space.” “Marco, architecture might stay, you are right, but unfortunately it won’t record our conversations, nor the smell of the morning dew, nor the purple colour of the shadows in autumn. That’s why we are forced to whisper fragments of realities into the wind, hoping they will be heard”. Marco, with a wider and confident smile, invited the old emperor to sit close to him. “Marco,” continued the emperor “In my life I’ve learned that the real wisdom comes with the understanding and acceptance that everything evolves and changes. Today it is my turn to tell you about a city and I invite you to listen to me. I will tell you about Aidah, the city that returns, the city that grew from the sand and flourished outside the reign of time. I’m sure you haven’t been there yet”. Marco, intrigued, said “Aidah? No, please, tell me more.” Kublai Khan began. “Imagine a vast plateau gently edged by rough mountains. Imagine a desert, so dry and hot, the midday sun can break its mightiest stones with a crack so loud, even the sky trembles. At the time I was just a solitary wanderer, walking east, determined to discover where the sun rises. The desert, magnetic and irresistible was dragging me inside her core, swallowing my hopes and my fears until I was completely lost. I was hiding under the dunes during the day, and travelling at night, guided by the brightest stars ever seen by man. Every day the sun was rising far, too far, beyond the horizon. I was almost losing hope when one day, I saw it.” “Saw what?”, interrupted Marco impatiently. “Marco, I have never interrupted you, please pay some respect to this old emperor, and listen. Your patience will be rewarded” said Kublai Khan. “It was night, and the pale reflection of the moon defined the roundness of an object - a sphere. It gently floated and moved on the warm breeze released by the desert sand. I have no idea what it was or why it was there, but I knew I must get closer and catch it. A bit further, behind the curved profile of a hill, I discovered a field of spheres. One, two, three... I wanted to get them all and in half an hour I had more than twenty! But the sun was already appearing at the horizon, ready to desiccate any living thing, reckless enough to linger in the open. The realisation came to me with a jolt, that I hadn’t prepared my shelter for the day. There was no time to think, in thirty minutes I could die. I took a rope, connected the spheres together and hoping they would be strong enough to lift me from the ground. And it worked! The spheres were able to shelter me from the heat, cradled by the wind. “Every night more spheres appeared in the desert and I kept connecting them. Tethering them to rocks and to each other. I created structures you could not imagine. I built towers. I built bridges. I built palaces. I built a metropolis in the empty sky!” Marco: “Aidah...” Kublai Khan, nodding: “My satisfaction and pride in birthing Aidah was fuelling my dreams and aspirations. With every new structure, I thought I could not out do myself and yet today a higher and more beautiful tower would be erected. And tomorrow I will build the widest arena the world can conceive! Aidah was challenging and breaking the rules of nature. Defeating any law of physics. You know, scientists just say words in the end, tell stories, just as we do. Dubai​ ​Design​ ​Week​​ 2017 Boano​ ​Prismontas​ ​+​ ​Ricardas​ ​Blazukas I spent one month scouting the desert every night, looking for more stones big enough to ballast and anchor my ever growing city. But I eventually realised there were no stones left, only the black spheres seemed to be of an infinite source. Aidah was beautiful, yet fragile. A strong wind could push her away and vanish all the ef orts made to build her. Once again, I had to decide what to do. I could either keep her as she was, or set of and start a long journey, heading for new adventures. “One day, I’ll come back” I thought. I removed three big stones and let Aidah afloat, free to be transported by the wind. I no longer had interest in heading towards the sun, I just wanted the world the see how beautiful Aidah was. Marco, I visited so many places and received so much appreciation and support. The city welcomed people from all over the world and my solitude finally ended. The whole world helped me to erect more amazing futuristic buildings. Aidah buzzed with trade, art and celebrations, secured by anchors carried from all corners of the Earth. It was a truly unique city.” Engrossed in Kublai’s words, Marco asked “...but did the spheres end eventually? And did Aidah ever return to the desert? Why did you leave Aidah to return here?” ”So many questions, Marco.” Said Kublai, lifting his hands as if to gently hold them back. “These are different stories, too long to explain. Now, let me return to my room, I’m tired. You are too curious my dear friend, once I believed this was a positive thing, but now that I am old, I think that the beauty of the world hides in those mysteries we cannot untangle...” The Emperor left the courtyard and a little gust of wind followed him, stirring some of the leaves on the ground. Marco stood up and moved closer to the old wall, pensive. He looked at the old stones as if they were an ancient manuscript to decipher. The last of the Emperor’s words were still resonating in his mind when he noticed a small inscription, gently highlighted by the afternoon sun. “L.... Lo... London... Br...Brick... London Brick? Who knows what this could mean”... Authors: Boano Prišmontas @boanoprismontas Ricardas Blazukas @ricardasofficial Links: News13
  14. 14. “Aidah​ ​-​ ​An​ ​Invisible​ ​City” The Middle East Region has boomed in the last 50 years with an economy based on oil. This growth rate and the incredible wealth has made the unthinkable possible. Cities bloomed from the arid desert and the whole region became an incredible and alluring place, attracting people from all over the world. But this semi-utopian development approached its climax almost 10 years ago. The region had to re-imagine its future and create its own new, enticing identity. This process had to be planned and didn’t happen spontaneously under the leveling action of history, people and time. Dubai’s time scale is on steroids, and its future had to happen, now. Aside from the obvious business vocation, the new-unknown identity focused on tourism, fun and wonder. Now, events like Dubai Design Week aim to widen the city’s foundation spectrum and focus on art, design and architecture as active tools to make the city, a city. The Middle east region started as an inflated reality, balancing on the verge of becoming a theme park made of a collection of expensive capricious architectures. But now, the present time, it seems able to combine together its cultural, social and political input, creating a new city vision with a strong identity. If the region wants to strengthen and develop its future in the long term, it has to tie itself to a sustainable reality, not limiting its narration to just hyper bombastic urban scenographies. Aidah is a project that plays with what is described above. Aidah is a provocative representation of a process, a diagrammatic illustration of a portion of Middle Eastern history translated into architectural forms. Most of all, Aidah is a dream, a suggestion, an immaterial city that aims to investigate what makes a city a city. Our intention, is to use a temporary installation not as a self-referenced narcissistic display, but as a device that positively contributes to a debate about the future development of the Middle Eastern Metropolis. In Arabic culture Aidah means “one’s who returns”. We chose this name to build an a-temporal city where the cyclical idea of returning was present and celebrated. In a symbolic way, we want to highlight how the future of Dubai and the whole region cannot rely on temporary present conditions. With respect and humble admiration, the project homages Italo Calvino “Invisible cities” imagining an additional chapter to the famous book. This time, the emperor narrates the story of Dubai to Marco Polo. Words can be liberating, they can explore the concepts without any demand for reality. Starting the project by creating its story, allowed us to focus on the concept, giving great importance to the core idea that we then transformed into real spatial relationships and architectural forms. We really enjoyed turning the usual architecture-illustration relationship upside-down. By writing a story first and then creating an architecture about it we used architecture as a tool, as a form of three-dimensional representation, as a medium to express a narrative, which allowed the concept to retain its powerful role. The installation is made of 50 black balloons, 500m of black ropes and 50 foam bricks. These elements are combined together generating a floating landscape that belongs to and is in dialogue with the desert, the origin of everything. These flimsy structures evoke a sense of transient fragility and at the same time inform Aidah’s bold and distinctive character. The floating spheres are the foundational element of the city (ref. Dubai’s oil), but at the same time its Achilles heel. Much like the bubble of wealth created by the finite resource of oil, the city might burst or float away and it needs ballasts to anchor it firmly on the ground. The economic stability of the Middle east is granted by its foreign investments, that are here represented with black foam “London Bricks” we especially crafted for this installation. By building in the desert, Aidah also aims to question the idea of “land value”. The installation shows that the occupied square meters might have zero “land value” from a real estate point of view, but they generate a fascinating space, adding a qualitative, symbolic and artistic value to the deserted land. News14
  15. 15. AREA awards 2017 Words: Ian Purser For the third year running, Pace has sponsored the Architectural Review Emerging Architects award, which this year was held at the World Architectural Festival in Berlin. The AREA awards programme grants early recognition to young designers and celebrates the architectural stars of tomorrow. Past winners include Shigeru Ban, Anna Heringer, Thomas Heatherwick, Jürgen Mayer and Frida Escobedo. Selected from over 300 entries, the 14 shortlisted finalists presented their projects in front of a world-renowned panel which this year which comprised the Aga Khan winning Bangladeshi Architect, Marina Tabassum; co-founder of Sauerbruch Hutton, Matthias Sauerbruch; as well as director of, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects, Martyn Hook. Announced at the awards ceremony at The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory in Berlin, Christelle Avenier and Miguel Cornejo were declared the overall award winners and received the coveted £10,000 prize. Their Rue Bonnet social housing project in Paris was selected from stiff competition by this year’s judges. The judging panel applauded Avenier and Cornejo’s realisation of social housing in a challenging urban environment and the ambition to tackle important social issues within a tightly controlled approvals context. An insistence on generous internal spaces and the practice’s high quality and well-detailed treatment of materiality, contrasting robust brick street facades grounded in the local context with delicate metal cladding around the internal courtyard, all on an extremely tight budget, was also commended. The architects insist that ‘even social housing can be noble’. Joining the winner, the judges selected two Highly Commended projects: the Fort Vechten Waterline Museum in Utrecht in the Netherlands by Studio Anne Holtrop from Bahrain, and José Luis Muñoz’ Casa de Los Vientos in Cádiz in Spain. The judges were impressed by Studio Anne Holtrop’s sophisticated and gestural architectural language, while the Casa de Los Vientos was praised for its economy of material with a drastically reduced budget. architecture News15
  16. 16. World Architecture Festival Awards 2017 Words: Ian Purser Pace, represented by RIBA member Ian Purser, Head of Architecture, recently attended the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin from 15-17 November to present two of its shortlisted finalist projects in the future project category and as a proud sponsor of the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture (AREA) awards programme. The first project to be presented was the Kuwait University Administration Facilities which are being delivered in association with SOM at the new campus of Kuwait University at Sabah Al-Salem University City. Established in 1966, Kuwait University was the first in the country. The new administration facilities will become an iconic gateway to the new campus. Comprising of seven separate facilities buildings serving ‘University City’ will house the main administrative and ceremonial facilities, including a library, cultural centre, mosque, visitor’s centre, conference centre, a central administration building along with a ‘pearl-like’ convocation hall as the centrepiece, to be used for graduation and other ceremonies. The second project is a large civic courthouse in Kuwait City designed on a 33,400m2 plot with direct views into the Gulf Sea. The facility is set to be the largest judicial building in the Middle East, hosting over 140 courtrooms and a built-up area approaching 400,000m2. The monolith structure balances two elements that are joined together to create a hollow void that resembles a golden glistening geode, underneath which sits a public plaza, reinforcing the feeling of openness and transparency that the design intends to create, and providing public civic space at the heart of a high security building. A vast void created within the interior of the building is its jewel - an indoor space permeable only by light that casts a golden interior that overwhelms the plaza spaces, inspired by the traditional geometry found in the Middle East. The big prize winners at the event were awarded for the ‘World Building of the Year 2017’ to The Chinese University of Hong Kong for their ‘Post-earthquake reconstruction/demonstration project of Guangming Village’, Zhaotong, China and ‘Future Project of the Year 2017’, which was awarded to Allen Jack+Cottier Architects and NH Architecture for their design of Sydney Fish Markets, Sydney, Australia. News16
  17. 17. Design MENA Summit 2017 Recent Events17 RIBA Gulf partnered with Design MENA for a the second consecutive year. 5th Dec 2017 Earlier this year, RIBA Gulf were parts of the advisory panel that discussed current topics that are interest in the industry, which informed the content of this years event.
  18. 18. 7th November 2017 RIBA Gulf Chapter, Jeddah representation Amy Lam participated in a mentoring talk to students of Effat University (Women) on becoming an architect, under a CSR programme by Direction KSA Recent Events18 In November, our Jeddah RIBA Gulf representative Amy Lam was invited by the CSR arm of Direction, a business consultancy house in Saudi Arabia, to join their mentoring session and held a talk to the students of Effat Women University in Jeddah on the practicality and aspects of ‘Becoming an architect’. A selected number of students attended to learn about the RIBA Gulf Chapter, the role of RIBA and the important aspects of an architect and designing for the future. ‘Direction’ is also collaborating with the United Nations program for Sustainable Development on volunteering chapter for the Arab region and empowers the youth to participate in knowledge and cultural programs, and cultivates their knowledge about the economic and innovative benefits that serve them and their societies environmentally and socially.
  19. 19. CPD TALK IStructE - RIBA Retrofit Debate On 15 Nov 2017 The RIBA in conjunction with the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) held a Retrofit Debate chaired by Mr Rashad Bukhash, Chairman of the UAE Architectural Heritage Society. RIBA Gulf Committee Member Mr Jonathan Ashmore RIBA represented RIBA on the panel. The event was organised by RIBA Gulf Committee Member Mr Mohamad Al-Dah FIStructE. The subject of the debate was to provide an alternative to demolition for the buildings in the Gulf. Typically as buildings get older in the Gulf area, they get demolished to pave way for newer and bigger buildings. This adds to the urbanisation of cities and architectural heritage is lost. The panel also included a Structural Engineer, a Mechanical Engineer, a Contractor and a Chartered Building Surveyor. The talk was very well attended, and was supported by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) as well as the UAE Architectural Heritage Society. The event took place at Dubai Municipality’s Falcon Heritage and Sports Centre in Meydan. Recent Events19
  20. 20. Façade Design: BIM modeling and Fire Safety. TECHNAL Middle East RIBA CPD Breakfast Event Recent Events20 In partnership with Technal Middle East, RIBA held a CPD event on Façade Design on 6th December in Dubai. Following an introduction of the Technal brand, by Ms. Begona Burguera, Brand Manager, Mr. Bertrand Assemat, Director – House of IT, Technal France, presented its BIM modeling software, *TECH 3D . A user-friendly software that can enhance the modeling of facades, windows, and doors and is offered exclusively for architects. The presentation included a brief software demo on how to seamlessly produce façade details in Revit/sketch up and other BIM platforms. The final part of the presentation gave an update on Technal’s recent laboratory testing, in collaboration with SIDERISE, demonstrating compliance with the UAE Fire and Life Safety Code 2017. The presentations were followed by a networking breakfast offered as part of this CPD event. The event was informative and well attended. About Technal The Technal brand is dedicated to the creation of innovative and sustainable aluminium façade systems that inspire contemporary architecture. Using of aluminium, a material of exemplary modularity and infinite recyclability, Technal allows architects to make all of their projects part of a sustainable lifestyle concept and offers solutions for aluminium windows and doors, creating custom-designed systems and making each project unique. *Note : For the RIBA members who missed out, you could still download the Tech 3D software (Revit/standalone version) free from
  21. 21. CPD TALK: RIBA Routes to Membership On 15 Oct 2017 RIBA Gulf welcomed Alison Mackinder, RIBA Professional Education Director from the UK who gave a talk about Routes to Membership. The talk was attended by architects of various backgrounds and at various levels in their careers. Mackinder explained that there are 6 main routes to membership. Routes 1, 2 and 3 were of interest to UK-based candidates. Route 4 was for non- UK candidates but needed a RIBA approved degree. Route 5 required a 5 year degree and 5 years of experience, no interview was needed. Route 6 needed a 5 year degree and 2-5 years of experience as well as going through the Assessment Panel. The next MEAP course in Dubai is booked for 20 and 21 April 2018. Recent Events21
  22. 22. The RIBA President’s Medals Gulf Tour Exhibition 2017 Words: Amy Lam The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards the RIBA President’s Medals annually as a way to celebrate and promote excellence in the study of architecture, reward talent and encourage architectural debate worldwide to the international communities. Each year, an exhibition of student work (President’s medals Bronze and Silver) is displayed at the RIBA London headquarters as well as venues throughout United Kingdom, and also travelled internationally to Australia, Chile, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Bulgaria, Serbia, Cyprus, France, Romania, Egypt, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. First awarded in 1836 as the RIBA Silver Medal for an architectural essay (and from 1855 to ‘Measured Drawings’ produced by a talented graduate), these are the RIBA’s oldest awards (preceding the Royal Gold Medal, which was established in 1848) and are regarded as the most prestigious prize in architectural education worldwide. The President’s Medals Tour exhibition was launched early this year 2017 in the Gulf region. The RIBA Gulf Chapter was very proud to have brought the exhibition to the Gulf and for the first time in Saudi Arabia and Oman. The hosting universities include Dar Al Hekma Women University in Jeddah, King Fahd University of Petroleum Minerals in Damman, Al Faisal University in Riyadh, Effat University (Women) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Other hosting venues were German University of Technology in Oman and American University of Sharjah in UAE. The tremendous success of the President’s Medals Tour exhibition attracted over thousands of attendees, architectural students, professors and architects to each regional venue. For year 2018, the RIBA Gulf Chapter will be working to expand the tour exhibition covering Bahrain, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Jordan to further showcase the talented work of the President’s Medals . RIBA Gulf Chapter, Jeddah representative Amy Lam with Dean of Architecture Dr. Mona Helmy at Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. RIBA Gulf Chair Sumaya Dabbagh with HRH Princess Dr. Maha Bint Mishari AlSaud at the opening ceremony of Alfasial University in Riyadh, other guests attended President of Alfaisal University H.E Mohammed Al Hayaza, Chairman of Architecture Engineering department Dr. Tarek Mokhtar and Dr. Hoahmed Anan, Acting Dean of College of Engineering. Effat University, Jeddah. The opening ceremony at University of Petroleum Minerals in Damman, Saudi Arabia by KFUPM University Rector, Dr. Kaled Alsultan, accompanied by Dean of college of Environmental design Dr. Adel Aldosary and KFUPM Chairman, Dr Mohammad Babsail. Recent Events22
  23. 23. RIBA Gulf at CItyScape Global RIBA participated in Cityscape Global in September with a stand at the Exhibition halls, in collaboration with the Department of International Trade. Chloe Sadler Head of International Chapters and Mitch Steprans of RIBA Membership Development (pictured) reported a marked increase of interest from last year’s exhibition. Inquiries were predominantly about routes to membership as well as the RIBA Gulf Chapters activities. The Exhibition was flowed by a reception hosted by the Department of International trade which was well attended by RIBA members and industry associates. Recent Events23 Networking event hosted by UK Department of International Trade (DIT) RIBA and UK DIT stand at Cityscape
  24. 24. Abu Dhabi Art Talks Programme 9th November Manarat Al Sadiyat, Abu Dhabi “Rethinking Architecture in the Arabian Peninsula: Emerging Architects and the Role of Heritage in Modern Architecture” As part of UK/UAE2017 Year of Creative Collaboration, the British Council, Abu Dhabi Art, and RIBA Gulf Chapter collaborated on a Panel discussion, held at Abu Dhabi Art on 9th November. As part of the fairs’ Talks programme Thesubjectofthediscussionwastitled:“RethinkingArchitecture in the Arabian Peninsula: Emerging Architects and the Role of Heritage in Modern Local Architecture” The talk highlighted the transition between traditional and contemporary architecture. It was hosted in the intimate setting of the pavilion built by the winners of the Abu Dhabi Art Pavilion Prize, by the Saudi Architects, Nada Al Mulla and Salwa Al Khudairi. Whilst Salwa and Nada explained their concept of the Modern Majlis and presented their other built work/ installations, Mark Kyffin shared his experience of the restoration and remodelling of Qasr Al Hosn as well as The Cultural Foundation, a significant modern heritage landmark. The discussion also posed the question on the future of Architecture and whilst there is a an appreciation of vernacular architecture of the region, contemporary interpretations of the vernacular using technology as a tool must be the way forward. As the discussion came to close, it was agreed by all panellists that it is vital for the identity of the UAE to preserve Modern Architecture from the 70’s and 80’s that are an integral part of UAE’s heritage and history. Panelists: Nada Al Mulla Salwa Al Khudairi Mark Powell Kyffin - HeadofArchitectureforAbuDhabi’sDepartmentofCultureTourism Moderated by: Sumaya Dabbagh - RIBAGulfChair,PrincipalofDabbaghArchitects Recent Events24
  25. 25. Up c o m i n g E ve nts December 2017 Manama, Bahrain Possible Architecture, The Dhow 1 by Winter Architecture School (WAS) January 2017 (TBC) Jeddah, Dar Al Hekma Univeristy, President’s Medals Tour Exhibition. January 2017 (TBC) Architectural tour at Al Haramain High Speed Rail Stations, Jeddah KSA by Foster + Partners Upcoming Events25
  26. 26. Tha nk You RIBA Gulf would like to thank our sponsor Mapei, and collaborators for their support. These include: • The British Council • The Big 5 Architecture Talks • Cityscape Global • Department of International Trade • Design MENA Summit • Institution of Structural Engineers • Mawane, Bahrain • Technal Middle East We would like to wish our sponsors, members, and readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.