Left to right: Jala Makhzoumi, Suad Amiry, Nadia Habash, Ebtissam Moustapha and Ahmed Al-Mallak
Left to right: Jala Makhzoumi, Suad Amiry, Nadia Habash, Ebtissam Moustapha and Ahmed Al-Mallak

Tamayouz announces jury members for women in architecture award

Tamayouz Excellence Award, an international architecture awards programme, has announced the members of the jury panel for its Women in Architecture and Construction Award 2019

This year's judges include Palestinian architect, community leader and author Suad Amiry, Palestinian architect and academic Nadia Habash, Egyptian architect and academic Ebtissam Moustapha, Iraqi architect and academic Jala Makhzoumi, and Iraqi architect, academic and Tamayouz's founding director Ahmed Al-Mallak. 

Split between a Rising Star and Woman of Outstanding Achievement, the award is open to women from the Near East and North Africa (NENA) who are either employed in the NENA region and specialise in architecture and construction, or who are employed or living abroad but their contribution has had a direct impact on the built environment in the NENA region.

Nominations for the Women in Architecture and Construction Award are open until 1 August, 2019. Submissions can be made through the award's online portal here.

A brief bio on each of the judges below: 

Suad Amiry
Founder, Riwaq
A prominent architect, award-winning author and community leader, Palestinian architect Suad Amiry is the founder of Riwaq, a centre for architectural conservation. She is also vice president of Birzeit University’s Board of Trustees and a board member for the Palestine Investment Fund and the Palestine Housing Council, as well as a jury member for The Palestine Award for Culture. Among her extensive projects list, her most notable one is Riwaq’s 50 Villages project. Amiry was the recipient of Tamayouz's Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 2018.

Nadia Habash
Director at Habash Consulting Engineers and adjunct lecturer at Birzeit University
Palestinian architect and academic Nadia Habash, who has contributed to countless renovation projects across Palestine, has served as the first woman head of a regional branch of the Engineers Association of Jordan and Palestine and city councillor in Ramallah, during which her main aim was to preserve the cultural heritage of the city. Habash’s projects include the rehabilitation of Arraba Palaces and the Old Road, the rehabilitation and addition to St. Nicolas Elderly Bait Jala, and the revitalisation of Bethlehem Old Market. Habash was highly commended for Tamayouz's Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 2018.

Ebtissam Moustapha
Co-founder and managing director at Encode Studio and associate professor at Alexandria University
The recipient of Tamayouz Excellence Awards’ rising star in 2018, Egyptian architect Ebtissam Moustapha established her architecture and design practice more than six years ago to challenge the conventional model of design production in Egypt through advanced technology, research and fostering collaboration between education, practice and manufacturers. Hoping to nurture an international hub of design that can thrive in today’s economy, Encode offers architecture, design and furniture design services. Simultaneously, she also lectures at the Fine Arts Department of Architecture at Alexandria University.

Jala Makhzoumi
Professor of landscape architecture at the American University of Beirut, president of Lebanese Landscape Association and co-founder of Unit 44
Winner of Tamayouz's award for Women in Architecture and Construction in 2013, Iraqi architect and academic Jala Makhzoumi advocates an expansive, developmental landscape approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and landscape heritage conservation. Her professional and academic expertise includes postwar recovery, energy efficient site planning, landscape heritage conservation and sustainable urban greening. She served as ecological landscape consultant for the masterplan of Damascus 2030, as well as for the strategic development framework for Baghdad and Sidon. She is co-founder and president of the Lebanese Landscape Association and senior fellow at the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People. In 2013 Makhzoumi established UNIT44 with A Jabr, a Lebanese design and planning practice.

Ahmed Al-Mallak
Academic at Coventry University and founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award
An award-winning architect and academic, Ahmed Al-Mallak currently lectures at the School of Energy Construction and Environment at Coventry University in the UK. After establishing Tamayouz Excellence Award in 2012, the founding director launched Tamayouz for Iraqi Women in Architecture and Construction Award. The award was recognised internationally for its empowerment of Iraqi female architects, leading Al-Mallak to launch Tamayouz's Women in Architecture and Construction in the Near East and North Africa. Al-Mallak received the Cecil Angel Cup (2013) from Coventry University for his work in promoting opportunities for Iraqi women.