About Me

I am a Syrian architect who believes that Art and Architecture are twin aims to make life better and more beautiful.


I grew up in Aleppo, Syria and studied  architecture, worked at Aleppo University and Ittihad University as a teaching assistant, before relocating to Dublin where I now works at Dublin City University as a teaching assistant.


During my masters studies at UCD in 2016 I fell in love with the idea of community engagement and the search for making better cities, so I founded Places of ARcture, a group using art and architecture to engage with people in local communities and refugee camps.


I organized my first event during Dublin City University’s refugee week by curating “Syrian Architects Art and Design Exhibition” , showcasing the work of graduate Syrian architects from Aleppo who completed their studies throughout the war. 


I have founded a start-up Irish Association: Places of ARcture which aims to form a network of artists, architects and educators, to curate exhibitions, events and seminars. I facilitated a children’s workshop “Play in Architecture”, teaching kids design principles through play. I also participated in the Intercultural day at Griffith Barrack’s National School through delivering a session about architecture for 6th grade class. Presented ideas of Rebuilding Syria through a workshop at DCU during the University of Sanctuary Refugee Week event. I am directing a serious of online events for Places of ARcture as part of the London festival of Architecture, Digital Program June 2020.


Founder member of Art Nomads, member of City of Sanctuary Dublin, Co-organizer of Sanctuary in Nature & Heritage project. Co-organizer for World Arabic Language day celebration as one of Arabesques events.   

 
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