Young Arab Architects Competition

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Young Arab Architects Competition


Young Arab Architects Competition - Venice Biennale 2012

Competition results

The international jury for the « Young Arab Architects » competition gathered in Paris on Tuesday, May 29th 2012. Three prizes and twelve honorable mentions, including a special mention, were awarded. The projects will be displayed in Venice and in Paris.

Over 140 architects from Morocco, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Sudan, Qatar and Libya submitted their projects.

After reviewing applications, three winners tied for first place and twelve selected entries were also awarded, including a special mention.

The three winners are :

• Tarik Oualalou (Kilo Architectures) from Rabat, Morocco, for the project « Volubilis Archeological Museum ».
• Chamss Oulkadi from Agadir, Morocco, working with Khalid Ait El Madani for the project « Memorial, history of a destroyed city ».
• Youssef Tohme (Y.Tohme / Architects & associates) from Beirut, Lebanon, for the project « Campus for innovation, economics and sport » (in association with 109 architectes)

The honorable mentions go to :


• Saba Al Muhtaseb, working with Wala’a Mazahreh and Yaman Amr, Jordan, for the project « The living voids »

• Khalid Al Najjar, UAE, for the project « Code Business Tower »

• Aziz Alqatami, Kuweit, for the project « Atelier Aziz Alqatami »

• Marwan Basmaji, Lebanon, for the project « Barbar temples visitor center »

• Aimad El Kanit, Morocco, for the project « Solar park in Tinghir »

• Meriam Ghandi, Morocco, for the project « Building with the villagers »

• Hind Oudrhiri, Morocco, for the project « Vague(s) »

• Nivine Ibeche, Syria, for the project « Alif, LAM, Body : between body and Damascus, an architectural dialogue »

• Paul Kaloustian, Lebanon, for the project « House in a forest »

• Driss Kettani, working with Saad El Kabbaj and Mohamed Amine Siana, Morocco, for the project « Multidisciplinary

faculty of Taroudant »

• Ahmad Tehlawi, Syria, for the project « Alkelania district archeological site »

• A special mention was awarded to Meriam Guerba and Wydad Tedjini Bailiche, and Yamina Esma Tebib and Fatima

Benmenni for their respective graduation projects conducted under the direction of Mohamed Adel Souami, professor

at the Polytechnical School of Architecture and Urbanism (EPAU) in Algiers. They are all graduates from the EPAU.


After the competition,

an exhibition at the CA’ASI, AS.Architecture-Studio’s Common House in Venice, as part of the 13th Architecture Biennale,

from August 28th to October 14th 2012,


then in an exhibition at the Arab World Institute in the context of its 25th anniversary,

from October 15th 2012 to February 3rd 2013.

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Young Arab Architects Competition