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Pre-Masterclass Tuesday, October 9

9.00 – 16.00

Mario Seneviratne, Green Technologies,
“LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies”

Conference Day 1 Wednesday, October 10

7:30 – 8.30

Registration & Breakfast

8.30 – 8.35

Loay Quota, CES Director AIA Middle East, Board Member Saudi Umran Society “Welcome & Opening”

Chapter: Reviving Jeddah´s historic core & urban development initiatives
Chairman: Dr. Abdulla Y. Bokhari, Member of Al-Shura Council and Member of Foreign Affairs Committee

8.40 - 9.00

Dr. Mervat El-Shefie, Chair Architecture Dept, Effat University
“Upgrading the Unplanned Districts of Jeddah”

9.00 – 9.20

Dr. Ziad Aazam, Founder Jeddah´s Heart
“Reviving Jeddah's Heart: Towards a Socio-Spatial Network Restoration”

9.20 – 9.40

Dr. Galal Abada, Advisor, Madinah development Authority MDA/ Associate Professor, Ain Shams University, Cairo
“A New Life for Old Jeddah: Learning from Regional Experiences”

9.40 – 10.00

Mohammed H. Shukri, Director, MHS Architectural Office
“The Rise and Fall of the Coral Wall”

10.00 – 10.20

Dr. Amr Attia, Associate Professor of Urban Planning Ain Shams University & Sr. Project Manager, Aecom
“Urban Regeneration in Virtual Worlds”

Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.25

Aurel von Richthofen, Assist. Professor, GUTech University Muscat,
"Sustainable urban planning and civic participation – In Planning and Redevelopment Projects"

11.30 – 11.55

Robert Ferry,  Co-Founder Land Art Generator Initiative
“Al Balad Urban Design Competition – Art, Clean Energy & Heritage in Public Spaces”

12.00 – 12.30

Panel Discussion
“Setting the local parameters for an international design competition for “Al Balad”

Panelists: Robert Ferry (LAGI), Ahmed Ba-Deeb (Historian & Investor in Al Balad), Dr. Tariq Sijeeni (Jeddah Municipality), Ziad Aazam (Jeddah’s heart & Aecom), Malek Ba’isa (Omda Al Bahr and Al Sham District, Al Balad)

Chapter: Implementing Sustainable Building Technology & Building Concepts

12.30 – 13.00

Murat Aydemir, General Manager, Middle East & Africa, Viessmann Middle East FZE
“Sustainable hot water solutions through solar systems”

Lunch & Prayer

14.00 – 14.30

Juliette van Putten, Design Director, Studio Lite
“Cost effective use of Lighting Designers”

Chapter: Design & Architectural Education
Chairman: Sherif Anis, Regional Director at CBT Architects and Vice President at AIA Middle East

14.30 – 15.00

Prof. Michael Hughes, Head of Dept of Architecture, American University of Sharjah
“Re-Constructing Curriculum:  Hands-on, design-build pedagogy in Contemporary Architectural Education”

15.00 – 15.30

Panel Discussion
“Academic Education in Architecture – Teaching Methods, Cross-Boarder Collaboration and NAB Accreditation”

Panelists: Prof. Michael Hughes, Head of Dept of Architecture, American University of Sharjah, Dr. Mona Helmy, Director of Architecture Program, Dar Al-Hekma, Dr. Mervat El-Shafie, Chair, Architecture Department, Effat University, Dr. Samir Felemban, Chairman Architecture Dept. Umm Al-Qura University Makka

Coffee Break

16.00 – 16.30

Sumaya Dabbagh, Founder, Dabbagh Architects
A sense of place: Architecture and Identity”

16.30 – 17.00

Dr. Mohamed Shokry Assistant Professor, Architecture Department, Effat University
“Urban Innovation Engines, challenges ahead for the Arabian architects”


Departure of tour bus to the Old Town “Al Balad” from the Park Hyatt Hotel

19.00 – 21.00

Day 1 Tour: Cultural Tour of Al-Balad (Guided by: Ms. Abir Abousouleyman)

This will be a 1.5-hour walk through the old city of “Al-Balad”, passing through its commercial arteries, streets and nodes. Key buildings will be highlighted and their political and social significance to the old city will be explained. The tour will give its participants an understanding of how the social, cultural and environmental aspects influenced both the planning of the city and the architecture of the buildings. The tour will end at the “Bab Jaded Gate” with a traditional dinner buffet and folk dance.

To see the Map of Day 1 Tour please click here.

Conference Day 2 Thursday, October 11

Chapter: Professional Practice Workshop

8.30 – 9.00

Zaki Mallasi, Assist. Professor, Effat University
“Performance-Driven Façade Configuration: Parametric Thinking for Integrated Building Practice”

9.00 – 10.00

Mark Catchlove, Herman Miller
“Creativity at Work – How Does the Creative Mind Work?”

10.00 – 11.00

Richard Gulliver, Technical Chairman, Glass & Glazing Federation Middle East, Alexander Tornow, GM Forster, Hermito Fernandez, Architecture & Design Manager Schott Glas
“Safety Design in Buildings – critical glazing and fire”

Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.15

WACKER Academy Team, (Abbas Kanisan, Anoop D’Souza, Tareq Awadallah)
“Sustainable and Economic
Construction Solutions for Interior & Exterior Applications

  1. Performance Requirements and Standards for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems - Improved Energy Efficiency and reduced Structural Stress in Buildings
  2. Binder Evolution – Environmental & Health Standards in the Architectural Paints Industry
  3. Versatility & High Performance of Silicones as Construction Chemicals in Buildings – Insulation, Coating and Protection (Human Health & Façade Durability) in Buildings

12.15 - 13.15

Kamal Niazy, Development Manager, Dupont
“Designing with Laminated Glass”

Lunch & Prayer Break

14.15 – 15.15

John C. Boehm Jr, Partner, Fulbright
“Teaming Contracts – From Bid to Final Payout”

15.15 – 16.00

Peter Trozze, Managing Director, Delta
Involving Stakeholders in the Architectural Design and Construction Process”

Coffee Break

16.30 – 18.00

Day 2 Tour: Architectural Tour of Al-Balad (Guided by: Ms. Abir Abousouleyman)

This will be a 2-hour tour starting and ending at the “Bab Jaded Gate” of the old city. Participants will have the ability to tour inside some private homes and experience their spaces. You will be able to have a hands-on experience of how the architectural elements and materials used to construct the buildings took function and how the Jeddah families lived and used these buildings. From the homes that will be visited are “Beit Bajened,” “ Beit Al Hazazi” and “Beit Ba’eshin.” The tour will also pass by “Rubat Banaja” where we will see a short play of how students where educated during those times. Other historic buildings will be visited and pointed out during the tour.

To see the Map of Day 2 Tour please click here.

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