Jury in Translation : Arabic

with critics including: Reem Shadid, Nour Abuzaid, Khaled Kaddal & Georges Massoud

Series: Architecture in Translation
Date: Friday 21 February 2020
Time: 14:00
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins


Architecture in Translation is a project that celebrates the wealth embedded in each different language in the production and dissemination of ideas, discourse, and debate in architecture. The project identifies terms, concepts, and values inherent to different linguistic and cultural contexts to produce a "Multilingual Dictionary of Architectural Terms" in the 21st century.

‘Jury’ is a term used specifically in schools of architecture referring to student presentations to a panel of experts who provide critical feedback on the projects presented. The second Jury in Translation will be held on Friday, 21 February, following the Mandarin Jury in Translation that was held in January. Students will present projects produced across Arabic-speaking contexts to a panel of invited experts from architecture and related disciplines. The jury will take place in both English and Arabic with live simultaneous translation. The afternoon will culminate in the closing event of the In Pursuit of Images exhibition in the AA Gallery. 

Transcripts of the event in both languages will be used as part of the ongoing research that aims to identify terms and concepts yet to be translated linguistically or culturally. These juries aim to foster intellectual curiosity and create an opportunity to expand our architectural vocabulary through an investigation into specific terminology, contexts and cultures.

2:30 Karim Fouad Hefny (Diploma 6) Preservation in Absence of the State: Erasure, Monumentality and Flooding in the Nile Delta
3:00 Lana Nsouli (Experimental 8) Community Renditions through Cardinal Interactions
3:30 Jumanah Bawazir (Diploma 12) Permanent Transient Space
4:00 Rawan El Hariri (Diploma 4) Lebanon: 3 main religions, 18 political sects
4:30 Khaled Al-Bashir (Diploma 19) Places of Ideas, and Ideas to Places
5:00 Farah Bizrah (Diploma 3) The Toxic Effects of Warfare Chemicals on the Environment and Human Body
5:30 Discussion


Reem Shadid is an independent curator and the deputy director of Sharjah Art Foundation where she oversees Sharjah Biennial, March Meeting, exhibitions, publications and research, film and music programmes. Among her recent curatorial projects are New Affinities, B7L9-art station, Tunis, Debt, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Ramallah, Active Forms, Sharjah Art Foundation, and March Project, Sharjah Art Foundation.

Nour Abuzaid is a Researcher (Regional Liaison, MENA) at Forensic Architecture. She’s worked as an architect on various projects in Turkey and the Middle East and completed her Masters degree (2018) in Architectural Design from Istanbul Technical University & TU Delft. Her research is based on creating computational design models to simulate bottom-up urban growth, as in the case of Damascus.

Khaled Kaddal is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and programmer. Through installations and performances, Kaddal deploys sensorial mediums embracing sound, light and image. His work evolves to highlights on the political dimensions of technology and interdisciplinary sciences. Kaddal’s works has been exhibited and performed internationally. He has studied Computer Science at AAST (EG), and Sound Art at the University of the Arts London (UAL).

George Massoud is a founding director of Studio Abroad, an independent design studio which he established with Summer Islam in 2013. Alongside practice George teaches at Oxford Brookes University and at the AA, where he is a Foundation programme coordinator and tutor. He is also a founding member of Pride of Arabia, a community interest collective. George graduated from the AA in 2013.


This project is partially supported by the Graham Foundation

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.