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A Century of Evolution in Architecture + Urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula

A Century of Evolution in Architecture + Urbanism in the Arabian Peninsula

Date(s) - 09/16/2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am

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17:00 to 18:30 pm (BST) |18:00 to 19:30pm (Cairo Time)


Urban Design Group In collaboration with University of Strathclyde and University of Dundee

This lecture addresses the evolution of architectural and urban traditions in the Gulf states. Structured in three components, it first interrogates the way in which geo-cultural politics may have instigated a contemporary discourse on architecture and the urban environment. Second, it explores the evolutionary process by identifying a considerable number of events that evolved over a period of 100 years which are classified into political, economic, educational, infrastructural incidents. The relevance of these events is investigated by mapping them into actual manifestations on architecture and urbanism. The third component concerns itself with the impact of globalization on key cities of the Gulf states part of the evolutionary process. Within the three explored components issues that pertain ‘human agency’, and issues of ‘newness’, ‘nowness’, ‘being’, and ‘becoming’ are debated where the move from tribal governance to modern state governance is discussed. The presentation develops into an argument for the need for research frameworks that have the potential of providing deeper insights into the understanding of the evolution of architecture and urbanism in rapidly growing contexts.



Professor Ashraf M. Salama University of Strathclyde

Ashraf M. Salama is professor of architecture and is currently director of research and lead of research and of the research cluster of architecture and urbanism in the global south (CRAUCGS), head of the department of department of architecture (2014-2020), University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He is a licensed architect in Egypt and the Middle East and was the Director of Research and Consulting at Adams Group Architects, Charlotte, North Carolina. He has led three schools of architecture over the past 25 years in Egypt, Qatar, and the United Kingdom. Having authored and co-edited 14 books and published over 170 articles and chapters in the international refereed press, Prof. Salama is the Chief Editor of ArchNet-IJAR and co-Chief Editor of Open House International.  Professor Salama is the recipient of the 2017 UIA Jean Tschumi Prize for Excellence in Architectural Education and Criticism. For further information on his work, please visit

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