I am a senior practicing architect with 15 years’ experience working in Egypt and the Arab region. My practice spans projects in housing, institutional and public design within Egypt and regionally, having particular emphasis on historical roots of traditional local architecture and its connection to the modern society.
I am the founder of Description of Alexandria, a I am the founder of Description of Alexandria, a documentation project for the cultural heritage of the city of Alexandria, Egypt. From 2000 to 2010 I studied architecture at the University of Alexandria, the Fine arts school with further studies at the Arab academy. My work on documenting the cultural heritage has gained much recognition among academics and cultural heritage professionals in Egypt and abroad as it has further potential to provide a wide scale survey and library for the architecture and culture of Alexandria, involves engaging the public and capturing the narratives associated with the built heritage. I’m also a lecturer and TED speaker. My art work is driven by the social and cultural influences and has been on display in different local and international exhibitions.
As an architect, I have been deeply impacted by the rapid loss of buildings along with their architectural and historical values. The constant fear that the essence of the city will disappear and that I will lose all traces of my own past here, as well as the pasts of others who have lived in this city over the centuries gave me the urge to start documenting what is still standing before people or time tear it down. In 2013 I started the Description of Alexandria project, which aims to document the architectural heritage of the city and the cultural memories linked to different buildings. Initially, I used both field drawings and descriptive texts to produce a book and essays in periodical journals.