Urban Decontrol

Paris, France – 2011

Architecture has been a tool used to control society: the panopticon described by Foucault, the urbanism of Hausmann and until modern urbanism. Architecture helped regulate and condition the actions of people, so people have become prisoners of their surroundings and their conditions. If architecture can create control, can it create "Decontrol"?

Building Blocks

Atlanta, GA, USA – 2010

Prompted by the question of "How can an installation begin to teach people about architecture?" The installation highlights architectural synthesis, or more explicitly the relationship between: use, light, space, movement, nested geometries and materials.

10 Villas

Karrana, Bahrain – 2017

The average contemporary house in Bahrain is a long departure from the houses of the Bahraini family’s great-grandparents that were built with values of privacy, expandability and outdoor space coded into the house’s framework. How can a house in Bahrain, today, embrace these values?

10 Villas

Karrana, Bahrain – 2017

The average contemporary house in Bahrain is a long departure from the houses of the Bahraini family’s great-grandparents that were built with values of privacy, expandability and outdoor space coded into the house’s framework. How can a house in Bahrain, today, embrace these values?

10 Villas

Karrana, Bahrain – 2017

The average contemporary house in Bahrain is a long departure from the houses of the Bahraini family’s great-grandparents that were built with values of privacy, expandability and outdoor space coded into the house’s framework. How can a house in Bahrain, today, embrace these values?

Kuwait Cancer Center

Kuwait City, Kuwait – 2014

While most buildings focus their design efforts and grand gestures to the building perimeter, the Kuwait Cancer Center will invert that logic to create a humbler and more subdued perimeter while focusing the main architectural drama to the interior zone. How does a hospital do that and make the patient at the center?

Alrazi Hospital Expansion

Kuwait City, Kuwait – 2014

This project is unique in a way that it is not merely a new hospital in Kuwait; rather is an all-female facility, especially as it relates to privacy and modesty. How does one design healthcare for Kuwaiti women with their sensibilities of pattern, color and texture?

Learning from Moiré

Atlanta, GA, USA – 2010

A moiré is an intersection of two geometries or geometric systems, creating a third geometry. In this context, two grid systems were found on the site: one being the orthogonally aligned, and the other being aligned with the topography. How do the two intersect and create a third space?

Hongqiao Vanke Center

Hongqiao, China – 2012

On the outskirts of Shanghai, a new business district is being developed. In the middle of concrete and steel, how does one contrast the solidity of structural form with the fluidity and lightness of landscape?

701 Seef

Seef, Bahrain – 2018

Office buildings usually speak of uniformity and monotony. Whilst businesses today have become more dynamic, today’s office building stock does not reflect that. How can an office design express dynamism and a place for today’s businesses?

AMAS Social Apartments

Madinat Salman, Bahrain – 2016

With social housing apartments in Bahrain being stigmatized for being repetitive, uninteresting and unattractive, how does one create something contemporary, engaging and comfortable? And repeat it several times on 5 different sites?

Ras Albarr Development

Rass Albarr, Bahrain – 2015

Waterfront development projects in Bahrain are market sensitive. During a certain period of time, the market may demand smaller units, during another, the market may demand otherwise. How do we create a system that allows for a responsive masterplan without compromising it?

Reclaimed Land and the Two Seas – Bahrain

01 January, 2017

Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 islands [and growing], historically known as Dilmun, stood a fertile agricultural island and important trading route. Bahrain is the sea. Bahrain literally means ‘two seas’. The splendor of the island, with its fresh ground water feeding her lush green landscape was why Bahrain, then Dilmun, was known as the Garden of Eden in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh...

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My passion for architecture stems from a greater desire for a better life, a better world, and thus better built form based upon theories grounded in human thought – philosophy & human action – politics.

Architect & Project Manager
Bahrain Representative of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Middle East Chapter