Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, has been appointed as the curator of the inaugural edition of Sharjah Architecture Triennial. The event, which will debut in November 2019 in the Emirate of Sharjah, will set the first platform in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia region to initiate a dialogue between urbanism and architecture.
An internationally acclaimed architect, researcher, and urban designer, Adrian Lahoud has focused on urban spatial forms and large-scale environmental change especially in Africa and the Arab world. Some of his notable works include “Climate Crimes” at ‘The Future Starts Here,’ V&A Museum; “Fallen Cities: Architecture and Reconstruction” in ‘The Arab City: Architecture and Representation;’ and “Floating Bodies” at ‘Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth,’ Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.
Lahoud served as the Director of the MA program in Research Architecture and a Research Fellow in the Forensic Architecture ERC project at Goldsmiths, University of London. Later, he joined the Architectural Association London as Studio Master in the Projective Cities Master of Philosophy in Architecture and Urban Design Program.
Excited about his appointment as the curator, Adrian Lahoud said: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to shape the inaugural edition of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial and to find ways of supporting an emerging generation of architects, artists and scholars in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.”
Khalid Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Architecture Triennial, stated in the announcement: “The Board of Directors of Sharjah Architecture Triennial and I are all very pleased that Adrian Lahoud will be curating our first edition. His deep commitment to addressing challenging global questions, cross-disciplinary perspective, and nuanced understanding of the MENASA urban context makes him the right choice for us amongst several other impressive candidates. We are confident that he will make an important contribution to the Triennial’s mission to reframe the conversation on regional architecture and urbanism.”
A series of public programs including conferences, talks, and symposia will be organized in the lead-up to the event’s opening in November next year. The Triennial’s curator would be responsible for leading the event’s programme including exhibitions, conferences, public talks, and urban interventions engaging local, regional, and international practitioners as well as researchers.
A non-profit initiative funded by Government of Sharjah, Sharjah Architecture Triennial is a joint effort of founding partners Sharjah Urban Planning Council, American University of Sharjah, Directorate of Town Planning and Survey, Sharjah Art Foundation, College of Architecture — Art & Design, and Bee’ah.
Founder: Louise Blouin