Workshop | Process: Architectural Research & Diagramming

Workshop Name:

What Not To Process: Architectural Research and Diagramming.

Dates: Sunday October 27th, 2013 till Thursday November 7th, 2013

Duration: 10 days excluding Fridays & Saturdays

Number of students: 10-15 (due to the nature of the exercises)

Time:  5-7pm (with two days of 5 – 8pm)

Venue: yourAOK Hub

Fees: KD70
To Register: (Payment only works with smartphones)

Workshop Description: 

The purpose of this workshop is to guide students to reach an understanding of proper architectural research, as well as to aid them in diagramming their architectural projects. The workshop will be conducted using the students’ own work, and aims to highlight the benefits of research and diagramming in capturing and explaining the ideas and concepts behind a project. The workshop is highly recommended for thesis students, and upper design class students. 

  • How to research your information?
  • How to present them?
  • What is an architectural diagram?
  • What are the ways to diagram (housing, urban, Building … etc.)

Workshop Instructors

yourAOK is proud to present this workshop’s instructors from Kuwait’s leading principal and senior architects.

Colm Dunphy is an Irish born Architect currently working in Kuwait. A graduate of Oxford School of Architecture in the United Kingdom, he is a practicing architect for over 10 years. Prior to continuing his professional career in Kuwait, Colm worked in some of the leading Architectural firms in Ireland and was a Visiting Design Lecturer of Architecture at LAU in Lebanon. Currently he is working as a Lead Designer and Senior Architect for PACE. He has extensive experience in several architectural commissions and competitions with special focus on Medical, Hospitality, Residential, Cultural, Mixed-use Developments and Masterplanning both in Kuwait an Internationally.Among Colm’s numerous accolades are several architectural awards and publications, both national and international and a previous exhibitor at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford.

Naji Moujaes is an architect and a founding principal of the inter-disciplinary design and architectural practice PAD10 in Kuwait. Mr. Moujaes practiced architecture in New York City in the past decade, co-founding an award winning practice. As a Design Architect for the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City, Mr. Moujaes was honored with a citation by the AIA Board of Directors – ‘Architects of Healing’ held in Washington, D.C. in May 2012. He is also a recipient of the prestigious 2002 Young Architects Forum Award and the 2010 Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York, Shinkenchiku Japan Architect (JA) honorable mention and AIA First Honorable Mention in the Competition for a ‘Center for Czech Architecture, Prague’. He has exhibited at the Storefront for Art & Architecture, the Artists Space, RISD, Parsons, Hong Kong – Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2007. Mr. Moujaes founded the Kulture Files (quarterly cultural pamphlet) and PressDesigns (re-used matter limited edition products) in 2011.

Mr. Moujaes taught research and design studios on DisOrientalism, an architectural design studio with cultural focus on the Arab world at Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, and Rensselaer (RPI) School of Architecture. He has served as an architectural/design critic at AUK (American University of Kuwait), Kuwait University, PennDesign, Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, Princeton, and RISD. He has lectured at the Architectural League of New York, at the CCA (Centre Canadien d’Architecture), the Monterrey Symposium in Mexico, the Milan Triennale in Italy, and the Nordic House in Reykjavik, Iceland.Mr. Moujaes has served as jury member on The Architectural League of New York’s 2006 Young Architects’ Forum themed Instability; and for the NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) 2006 Architecture/ Environmental Structures.

His work has been widely published. Projects and interviews have been featured in Volume Magazine, Architectural Record, Metropolis Magazine, Praxis, The Architect’s Newspaper, The New York Times, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Japan Architect, Bidoun Magazine and World Architecture.

He has worked for Aedas-Davis Brody Bond in New York City as design architect for several high-profile award winning commissions and competitions — most notably the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City, the recently completed Valeo Security Systems in São Paulo, Brazil (Winner of AIA New York State Design Award 2007), and The Human Rights of China Headquarters in New York (Winner of 2005 AIA New York Chapter Design Award). Prior to this, Mr. Moujaes completed his architectural training at Massimiliano Fuksas’ office in Rome, Italy, and Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop in Yokohama, Japan.

Mr. Moujaes received his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the American University of Beirut in 1996, winning the Areen Award for Excellence in Design; and his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Southern California Institute for Architecture in 1999.

Ricardo Camacho [1979] holds a professional degree of Architecture (TU Lisbon) and Master’s in Architecture (Harvard University) with grant from Luso-American Foundation and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He is the co-author of “Habitar Portugal 2006/2009” (Caleidoscopio 2009) and author of several articles in magazines and journals. Between 2001-05 after working and living in Milano, Munich and Lisbon he co-founded Moov Studio, joined as partner Emit Flesti, and opened his own practice in Silves, Algarve. Among his major projects is CasaGranturismo [Silves, PT], architectural venture with several worldwide recognized emerging practices, from Atelier BowWow to Njiric+. In 2007 he is awarded the prize for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Algarve by the Rotary Club. He was curator of several international seminars on Architecture, Preservation and Tourism in the Algarve, Lisbon, Coimbra, Boston and Kuwait. Ricardo is also responsible for the research program on urban and coastal rehabilitation of Tourism territories in Algarve, south of Portugal and Zadar in Croatia at Northeastern University in Boston since the fall 2012. At the moment he is also part of the research team nominated by Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah for the preparation of a retrospective exhibition on Kuwait Modern Architecture production between 1950-80´s to be realized during 2014. During 2009 he co-creates the platform MultitudeAgency for Architecture and Tourism in the Gulf Region and incorporates Nogo Think-Thank Platform Lisbon-NY as architecture curator. In 2011 he was Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Landscape at EUVG. Since December 2013 coordinates the design team at AlShaheed Garden Park Reconversion project for Kuwait Amiri Diwan. Ricardo’s work has been exhibited at the Ibero-American Biennale in Lima 2004, RIBA in London,2011, Boston Society of Architects 2012. He has been invited for several occasions to give talks at Coimbra University and Algarve University in Portugal, Ricardo Lima University in Peru, Epoka University in Albania, Kuwait University, Split talks 2010, Northeastern University and Harvard University Graduate School in Boston. In 2012 he was nominated jury for the The Second Edition Of Worldwide Architecture, a selection of young architects across the world to be presented at Venice Bienale 2012 and he was also the deputy curator for the Kuwait representation at the same event.

Sharrefa Al Shalfan interest in urbanism stems from her living, learning and working experiences in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. After completing her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Southern California, she went on to practice architecture at Zaha Hadid Architects in London and then at AGi architects in Kuwait. She completed her MSc in City Design and Social Science from London School of Economics where she focused her thesis on the social and physical manifestations of housing welfare laws in Kuwait. Prior to coming to LSE, she spent 3 years in Kuwait where she practiced not only as an architect, but as an educator in Kuwait University and helped set-up the research arm at AGi architects. After receiving her master’s degree, she completed a research fellowship at the LSE Kuwait Programme, where she explored her urban interest in land-use policies and urban governance in Kuwait. She recently published her paper on Kuwait Housing Welfare at the LSE Kuwait Programme and moved to Kuwait to continue her investigation at AGi architects

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