Friday, August 16, 2019

Mohamed Mayika Prize for Architecture

The Mohamed Makiya Prize for Architecture: The Middle Eastern Architectural Personality of the Year 2019 Tamayouz Excellence Award is delighted to announce the shortlist of finalists for the Mohamed Makiya Prize for Architecture 2019, also known as the Middle Eastern Architectural Personality of the Year.


The award is given to individuals and organisations who have promoted, encouraged, campaigned or influenced (directly or indirectly) the advancement of architecture and the built environment in the Middle East between 2016 and 2019. Part of the Tamayouz Excellence Award programme that champions the best of architecture in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond, the annual prize is named after the prolific Iraqi architect Dr Mohamed Makiya.

Out of the 40 submissions from 11 countries received this year, nine have been named finalists for the 2019 cycle and they include individuals, initiatives and organisations from around the world. UK-based academic and founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award, Ahmed Al-Mallak said: “Congratulations to the finalists. It was great to see such individuals and organisations working hard to promote and enrich the cultural heritage of the region. The outstanding achievements of hardworking people who strive to tell our side of the story should be celebrated. We encourage everyone to support the work and effort of these individuals and organisations as they represent the best of the Middle East.” The shortlist for the Mohamed Makiya Prize for Architecture 2019 (arranged in no specific order):

Ali Jaffar Al Lawati


Benaa Habitat

Eric Broug


Taghlib Abdulhadi Al Waily

The International Journal of Islamic Architecture

Waleed Arafa

World Monuments Fund Britain


International Journal of Islamic Architecture 
Since its establishment in 2012, the International Journal of Islamic Architecture has been a purveyor of innovative and progressive research on architecture in the Middle East. The journal, which features various sections including Design in Theory, Design in Practice, Architectural Spotlight and Reviews, encourages the exchange of ideas across borders and disciplines – a vital ethos in today’s society. Its content explores important topics, such as heritage, cultural destruction, curation, expertise and immigrant architecture, as well as provides a resource of current publications, exhibitions and conferences. This year, its position in the academic world was cemented by its acceptance into the highly competitive and rigorous Web of Science: Art and Humanities Citation Index.