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Thierry Paret, FAIA for First Vice President and Loay Quota, AIA for Treasurer of the AIA International Region




Please show your support by completing the attached PDF proxy form which you can find here.

Just fill in your name, membership number and sign your name.  Once this is done please e-mail the form to AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stevens, Hon AIA at and copy Loay Quota, AIA at 

We thank you for your support in electing these two founding members of the AIA Middle East Chapter who will work tirelessly to enhance services rendered to you by the American Institute of Architects.

The Board of the AIA Middle East thanks you for your very important and continued support.



Dear AIA Middle East Members;


We ask for your help in ensuring that your needs continue to be represented on the AIA International Region Board. 

In order for me to vote on AIA business that represents YOUR BEST interest we need YOU to complete the proxy form by filling in your name, membership number and signing your name. To make it as easy as possible we have the form available either in PDF or WORD for you to download.

Once you have completed the form, please attach the document as a PDF and send the email to AIA Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jay Stephens at Please also copy AIA Middle East President Tannar Whitney, AIA at on the same email.

All proxy forms must be received no later than Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 5:00PM (US Eastern Daylight Time).

The Board of the AIA Middle East thanks you for your very important and continued support.  We constantly strive to improve our services to you our valued member(s).


Kind regards,

Tannar Whitney, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP


AIA Middle East Chapter


Rem Koolhass Lecture at University of Sharjah organized by AIAS


Feb 24 Facade Engineering

Join AIA Middle East on February 24at 7.30PM at Herman Miller's Regional Design Center in Dubai for a presentation by Brad Frey, Facade Consultant at Koltay Facades, who will give an overview of the facade engineering process from concept stage to handover, illustrated by case study examples of challenging projects.

Specific focus will be given to:  

  • Glass performance characteristics 
  • Unitized and stick system development
  • Practical tips on coordination and interface issues
  • Cladding zone and modulation considerations


Please RSVP to for an accurate headcount and to register your name with Herman Miller!




AIA ME Bahrain and Mawane organize [in]Accessible  

Damistan Village, Bahrain. January 2015.

AIA Middle East Chapter collaborated with Mawane to hold a series of events in January which were part of Mawane’s first cultural season [in]Accessible that started on Thursday 1st January 2015 and continued till 31st January. The events were talks and a movie screening that highlighted issues in cities around the world while exposing contemporary spatial practices and the consequences they have in cities. The invited guest speakers presented talks followed by workshops from their experiences, emphasizing their diverse approaches to accessibility of the city.

In the first week Ayesha Agha Shah discussed the importance of documentation to provide access to knowledge about the city in her lecture titled Significance of Documentation and Recording of Heritage. Ayesha explained the methodology used in the process of documenting historical buildings and shared her professional experience in the documentation process of Frere Hall building, which is located in Karachi in Pakistan.


In the second week a movie screening of Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History was held under the patronage of the American Embassy. Both the moviemakers Chad and Jaime Freidrichs were present to offer a background on American urban development at the time of construction. The movie aims to break away from the cliché of it being an example of the failure of modern architecture. It looks at the wider context that has led to the failure of the building in addition to uncovering some successful aspects in Pruitt Igoe.

Photo Courtesy of Saeeda Thani

In the third week Waleed Shalaan presented through his talk Junoot Eco Resort in Oman unconventional building techniques that can change the city fabric. Waleed gave an explanation of the goals of the project and method used to construct it. He explained further how the three pillars of sustainability - environmental, economical and social – were achieved through the project. Waleed emphasized on how the social sustainability aspect of the project and the importance of engaging the community in the construction of the resort.

In the final week Zahraa Ali Baba shared her experience on the role of knowledge in informing the shape of our cities in her lecture titled: Forms of common Knowledge. She discussed her involvement in various projects that studied the relation between common knowledge and space. One of the projects was Kethra, Kuwait’s first Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2012. Another project was her research on the concept of Diwaniya, the social political space of Kuwait. She also discussed the memory of space and it’s effect on the common knowledge of citizens of the space of the city of Kuwait.