Mohamed Adel Dessouki is an artist and architect who lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. His work basically focuses on memory, architecture, and the everyday.
Born in 1977, Dessouki studied art at l’Atelier d’Alexandrie between 1992 and 1994, parallel to his high school studies. He participated in l’Atelier’s Youth Salons in the years 1994, 2000, and 2001. After a long pause, he resumed his artistic practice in 2017 and has since then participated in a number of group exhibitions. His first solo show, Memories of an Asphalt Road, took place in Alexandria’s Institut Français d’Egypte in 2019. He was one of the participants of MASS Alexandria’s Independent Studio and Study Programme (ISSP) for the year 2018/2019.
Dessouki studied architecture at Alexandria University, from which he graduated in 2000. He holds a PhD in Architecture from Cairo University (2012). He is currently an assistant professor of architecture at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology. Besides his teaching experience, Dessouki blogs about Alexandria, its built heritage, and its history in Gudran Medina Mot’aba (Walls of an Exhausted City). He is a co-founder of Save Alex, an initiative committed to protecting the built heritage of the city of Alexandria.