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Kuwait's Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia

May 28th — November 27th, 2016
Artiglierie Arsenale, Venezia



Commissioner

Zahra Ali Baba

An architect that has co-curated The Winter School Middle East in 2011, and is the co-founder of the Kuwait Chapter of Docomomo International, a member of the Kuwait Delegation at The UNESCO World Heritage Committee (since 2011), and the chief researcher of the Abraj Al Kuwait nomination dossier to the World Heritage List. She is currently involved in various architectural and urban conservation projects, as well as curating cultural programs at the National Council for Culture, Art, and Letters. Her work includes Kuwait’s presence at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (since 2012), with roles shifting to commissioner representation for Kuwait Pavilion in 2014 and 2016.

— National Council for Culture Arts and Letters / Kuwait (NCCAL)


Curators

Hamed Bukhamseen

Is a graduate of theHarvard University Graduate School of Design where he earned a Master of Architecture in Urban Design. With a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, he was awarded the Architecture Alumni Travel Award where he undertook studies and interventions on public water infrastructure. He has worked interna- tionally within the US, Germany and Kuwait on various architectural and artistic projects. Aimed primarily at the merger of interests in art and architecture across the urban realm, his work has been published in numerous media outlets and has been exhibited in Cambridge, Rome, Venice, and Dublin. | www.hamedbukhamseen.com

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Ali Karimi

Is a Bahraini graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received a Master in Architecture. His interests are in social housing, public space, and infrastructural re-imaginings of the Gulf. Ali has worked in Dubai with HOK, in Chile with Elemental, and attained regional experience in public and private projects through his time in Bahrain with Gulf House Engineering. Ali has also conducted research on government-built housing in the GCC with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston as a Joint Center for Housing Studies Fellow; and in Havana with a grant from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. His work has been published in San Rocco, CLOG, Wallpaper Magazine and the GSD Platform Books. | www.aikarimi.com



Art Director / Graphic Designer

Fahad Alhunaif

Is a New York based graphic designer and art director. He has worked with various magazines which includes Harvard Design Magazine, White Zinfandel, and Surface Magazine. With a strong interest in photography and styling, Fahad has art directed many shoots which includes the album cover art for JD Samson, and has styled multiple sets for Surface Magazine and Adult Magazine. With a Masters Degree in Graphic Design from Parsons the New School for Design, Fahad graduated with top honors and recognition. He is a critic at Syracuse University.



Publication Coordinator / Editor

Muneerah Alrabe

Is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Master of Science of Architecture in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA). She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has professional experience in the field of architecture and design in Kuwait and Germany. Her interests lie in the intersection of politics, sociology, economics and design in the Arab World. As a student of AKPIA, she has conducted research on the transnational power relations of the Gulf Cooperative Council’s interconnection grid as a tool for regional power and nation building. In addition, she has investigated the current and past socio-political movements in Kuwait to understand their impact on urban form and urban life within Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf. Currently, she is investigating the socio-spatial politics of public space within Kuwait City in the hopes of achieving a new understating of public spaces within Kuwait City, in order to enhance and develop public life within Kuwait.



Project Designers & Research Architects

Saphiya Abu Al-Maati

Saphiya Abu Al-Maati is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture at Columbia University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies with a specialization in Human Security at UC Berkeley, where she developed an interest in the intersection of design, power and politics. During her studies at the graduate level she hopes to further explore these topics through the lens of design and a deeper understanding of both political & cultural values.

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Shahab Albahar

Is a graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters in Landscape Architecture (2015). He holds previous degrees in Architecture and Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design where he completed his undergraduate education in 2012. Shahab currently teaches undergraduate courses at Kuwait University’s College of Ar- chitecture. He also recently co-founded Parallel Studio, a practice offering design services in interiors, architecture and landscape.

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Mai Albusairi

Is a graduate of the Kuwait University - College of Architecture receiving a Bachelor of Architecture. AlBusairi participated in the 2014 Venice Biennale as part of the FREEPORT Program, and is an artist responsible for several public space installations in Kuwait City. AlBusairi recently co-founded Parallel Studio in 2015, a practice offering design services in art, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.

,

Nada Alqallaf

Is a Kuwaiti Master of Architecture (M Arch II) and Landscape Architecture (MLA I AP) candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nada earned a B Arch from the University of Arizona in 2013. After graduating, she worked as an architectural designer at AECOM in San Francisco and SQC International in Kuwait. During her two years of practice Nada worked on a range of projects including NASA Aims laboratories in California and design competitions for the Kuwait Oil Company in Kuwait.

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Rawan Alsaffar

Is a Kuwaiti Master of Landscape Architecture and Advanced studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where she honed an interest in non-western environmental contexts and their regional architecture. This has led her to work in the Middle East, South America, South Africa and China on addressing issues related to urbanism and sustainability in the Global South.

,

Yousef Awaad Hussein

Is a Master of Architecture candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on a John E. Irving Fellowship. He studied Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University before moving to McGill University to complete a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, during which he gained professional experience in Kuwait, Canada and the United States. Yousef has participated in various exhibitions in recent years, with work displayed at the 2015 Design Miami UNBUILT Pavilion and published in the most recent Platform 8 book and exhibition. He is currently working as a research assistant at Harvard to Luis Callejas for the 2016 Oslo Triennale, and as an architectural designer at LCLA OFFICE for projects in Colombia and Norway.



Financial Team

Mohammed Al Ajmi, Mohammed Al Jameel


Administrative Team

Abdullah Albeeshi (Head of team), Noora Al Musallam, Jaber Al Qallaf, Jassim Al Shamali


Exhibited Design Contributions

AGi Architects, Behemoth Press with Matteo Mannini Architects, Design Earth, ESAS Architects, Fortuné Penniman with Studio Bound, PAD10, X- Architects


Written Contributions

Fahad Bishara, Ahmed Makia, Fatma Sahlawi & Rashid bin Shabib, Rand Abduljabbar & Maitha Mezroui, Nesrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Noor Boushehri, Abdulatif Al-Mishari


Press Release

Between East & West: A Gulf



Special thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors

Hundreds of islands dot the waters between the Arabian and Persian shores. An afterthought in the political maneuverings of their respective coasts, these islands tell an alternative narrative to the one which drives conceptions of the region. They represent a possibility greater than spaces of political contestation and hesitant demarcation. These islands are the sites of identity in formation, places of experimentation and architectural invention. Their historical roles were as varied as places of leisure, spirituality, planning, war, exile, and health. The island is an entity both isolated but also crucially connected through the waters of the Gulf, and thus not an exception to the national but the rule which defines it.

This year’s Kuwaiti pavilion looks beyond the shores of the country and argues in favor of a masterplan for a united Gulf. By presenting the untold history of the region and proposing an alternate future, the pavilion casts the hydrography as a singular entity of neither East nor West, but as an untapped archipelago which defined the region and offers the greatest possibility for its reconciliation.

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Hundreds of islands dot the waters between the Arabian and Persian shores. An afterthought in the political maneuverings of their respective coasts, these islands tell an alternative narrative to the one which drives conceptions of the region. They represent a possibility greater than spaces of political contestation and hesitant demarcation. These islands are the sites of identity in formation, places of experimentation and architectural invention. Their historical roles were as varied as places of leisure, spirituality, planning, war, exile, and health. The island is an entity both isolated but also crucially connected through the waters of the Gulf, and thus not an exception to the national but the rule which defines it.

This year’s Kuwaiti pavilion looks beyond the shores of the country and argues in favor of a masterplan for a united Gulf. By presenting the untold history of the region and proposing an alternate future, the pavilion casts the hydrography as a singular entity of neither East nor West, but as an untapped archipelago which defined the region and offers the greatest possibility for its reconciliation.




Kuwait's Pavilion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition— La Biennale di Venezia

May 28th — November 27th, 2016
Artiglierie Arsenale, Venezia


Commissioner

Zahra Ali Baba

An architect that has co-curated The Winter School Middle East in 2011, and is the co-founder of the Kuwait Chapter of Docomomo International, a member of the Kuwait Delegation at The UNESCO World Heritage Committee (since 2011), and the chief researcher of the Abraj Al Kuwait nomination dossier to the World Heritage List. She is currently involved in various architectural and urban conservation projects, as well as curating cultural programs at the National Council for Culture, Art, and Letters. Her work includes Kuwait’s presence at the International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (since 2012), with roles shifting to commissioner representation for Kuwait Pavilion in 2014 and 2016.

— National Council for Culture Arts and Letters / Kuwait (NCCAL)


Curators

Hamed Bukhamseen

Is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he earned a Master of Architecture in Urban Design. With a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, he was awarded the Architecture Alumni Travel Award where he undertook studies and interventions on public water infrastructure. He has worked interna- tionally within the US, Germany and Kuwait on various architectural and artistic projects. Aimed primarily at the merger of interests in art and architecture across the urban realm, his work has been published in numerous media outlets and has been exhibited in Cambridge, Rome, Venice, and Dublin. | www.hamedbukhamseen.com

,

Ali Karimi

Is a Bahraini graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received a Master in Architecture. His interests are in social housing, public space, and infrastructural re-imaginings of the Gulf. Ali has worked in Dubai with HOK, in Chile with Elemental, and attained regional experience in public and private projects through his time in Bahrain with Gulf House Engineering. Ali has also conducted research on government-built housing in the GCC with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston as a Joint Center for Housing Studies Fellow; and in Havana with a grant from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. His work has been published in San Rocco, CLOG, Wallpaper Magazine and the GSD Platform Books. | www.aikarimi.com



Art Director / Graphic Designer

Fahad Alhunaif

Is a New York based graphic designer and art director. He has worked with various magazines which includes Harvard Design Magazine, White Zinfandel, and Surface Magazine. With a strong interest in photography and styling, Fahad has art directed many shoots which includes the album cover art for JD Samson, and has styled multiple sets for Surface Magazine and Adult Magazine. With a Masters Degree in Graphic Design from Parsons the New School for Design, Fahad graduated with top honors and recognition. He is a critic at Syracuse University.



Publication Coordinator / Editor

Muneerah Alrabe

Is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Master of Science of Architecture in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA). She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and has professional experience in the field of architecture and design in Kuwait and Germany. Her interests lie in the intersection of politics, sociology, economics and design in the Arab World. As a student of AKPIA, she has conducted research on the transnational power relations of the Gulf Cooperative Council’s interconnection grid as a tool for regional power and nation building. In addition, she has investigated the current and past socio-political movements in Kuwait to understand their impact on urban form and urban life within Kuwait and the Arabian Gulf. Currently, she is investigating the socio-spatial politics of public space within Kuwait City in the hopes of achieving a new understating of public spaces within Kuwait City, in order to enhance and develop public life within Kuwait.



Project Designers & Research Architects

Saphiya Abu Al-Maati

Saphiya Abu Al-Maati is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture at Columbia University. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Peace & Conflict Studies with a specialization in Human Security at UC Berkeley, where she developed an interest in the intersection of design, power and politics. During her studies at the graduate level she hopes to further explore these topics through the lens of design and a deeper understanding of both political & cultural values.

,

Shahab Albahar

Is a graduate from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Masters in Landscape Architecture (2015). He holds previous degrees in Architecture and Fine Art from the Rhode Island School of Design where he completed his undergraduate education in 2012. Shahab currently teaches undergraduate courses at Kuwait University’s College of Ar- chitecture. He also recently co-founded Parallel Studio, a practice offering design services in interiors, architecture and landscape.

,

Mai Albusairi

Is a graduate of the Kuwait University - College of Architecture receiving a Bachelor of Architecture. AlBusairi participated in the 2014 Venice Biennale as part of the FREEPORT Program, and is an artist responsible for several public space installations in Kuwait City. AlBusairi recently co-founded Parallel Studio in 2015, a practice offering design services in art, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.

,

Nada Alqallaf

Is a Kuwaiti Master of Architecture (M Arch II) and Landscape Architecture (MLA I AP) candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Nada earned a B Arch from the University of Arizona in 2013. After graduating, she worked as an architectural designer at AECOM in San Francisco and SQC International in Kuwait. During her two years of practice Nada worked on a range of projects including NASA Aims laboratories in California and design competitions for the Kuwait Oil Company in Kuwait.

,

Rawan Alsaffar

Is a Kuwaiti Master of Landscape Architecture and Advanced studies in Urbanism, Landscape and Ecology candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where she honed an interest in non-western environmental contexts and their regional architecture. This has led her to work in the Middle East, South America, South Africa and China on addressing issues related to urbanism and sustainability in the Global South.

,

Yousef Awaad Hussein

Is a Master of Architecture candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on a John E. Irving Fellowship. He studied Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University before moving to McGill University to complete a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, during which he gained professional experience in Kuwait, Canada and the United States. Yousef has participated in various exhibitions in recent years, with work displayed at the 2015 Design Miami UNBUILT Pavilion and published in the most recent Platform 8 book and exhibition. He is currently working as a research assistant at Harvard to Luis Callejas for the 2016 Oslo Triennale, and as an architectural designer at LCLA OFFICE for projects in Colombia and Norway.



Financial Team

Mohammed Al Ajmi, Mohammed Al Jameel


Administrative Team

Abdullah Albeeshi (Head of team), Noora Al Musallam, Jaber Al Qallaf, Jassim Al Shamali


Exhibited Design Contributions

AGi Architects, Behemoth Press with Matteo Mannini Architects, Design Earth, ESAS Architects, Fortuné Penniman with Studio Bound, PAD10, X- Architects


Written Contributions

Fahad Bishara, Ahmed Makia, Fatma Sahlawi & Rashid bin Shabib, Rand Abduljabbar & Maitha Mezroui, Nesrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Noor Boushehri, Abdulatif Al-Mishari


Press Release

Between East & West: A Gulf



Special thanks to the generous donations of our sponsors





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