Bee’ah, the Middle East’s sustainability pioneer, is hosting a new weekly series of six virtual talks on recycled architecture in collaboration with Khazzan Park, to shed new light on how urban design must integrate and reconcile with sustainability principles.
Moderated by Dr. Georges Kachaamy, Director of the Centre of Research, Innovation and Design at the American University in Dubai, the virtual talks feature influential figures from the architecture and design sectors, which include Vladimir Yavachev, Nizar Haddad, WAEL AL AWAR, Ammar Kalo, Asif Khan (MBE), and Yaz Koneda (FRSA, JIA, AIJ).
Bee’ah’s interest in sustainable architecture is complemented by its work on a new headquarters, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which will be completed by the end of 2020. The building’s green design approach has resulted in ultra-low carbon footprint, minimal water and energy usage, and the efficient recycling of construction materials. As well as setting the global benchmark for smart, sustainable buildings, the new headquarters is expected to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum certification.
CHRISTO AND JEANNE-CLAUDE
WAEL AL AWAR
FOUNDING PARTNER & PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH
DIRECTOR - CAAD LABS
KAZ YONEDA FRSA, JIA, AJJ
Vladimir Yavachev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1973. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to New York City to study film and photography at New York University. While at university, he began working with his uncle and aunt, the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, with whom he has worked with for the past 30 years... Read moreWatch Recorded Video
Nizar Haddad, holder of a specialized graduate degree in architecture from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) founded NH-Architectes in 2011.
The son of Georges Haddad, a veteran Lebanese architect renowned for being among the pioneers who introduced modern architecture to Lebanon; Nizar hopes to use the knowledge passed down to him to bridge the divide between modern man and nature in terms of his designs... Read moreWatch Recorded Video
Wael Al Awar founded waiwai in 2009 as the principal architect, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. With interests in natural phenomena, landscape and formless diagrams of relations, Wael has a multi-disciplinary approach to design and is always looking to challenge conventional processes to push the boundaries of design. His projects layer his individual design sensibilities into an architecture of natural light, time, structure and landscape... Read moreWatch Recorded Video
Based in Sharjah, UAE, KALO is a practice run by designer and architect Ammar Kalo. His work interrogates the relationship between digital technology and traditional craft. During the inaugural Dubai Design Week 2015, he was selected by Harper's Bazaar Interiors as the recipient of the Emerging Designer award for that year. In 2016 the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York acquired two pieces, Stratum and N-bowl, for its permanent collection. He is currently the Director of CAAD Labs and an Associate Professor at the American University of SharjahWatch Recorded Video
Asif Khan founded his eponymous London-based practice in 2007, which works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. It is dedicated to pushing these disciplines in innovative and unexpected directions.
In recognition of his design and delivery of the MegaFaces Pavilion at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Asif was awarded a Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Innovation. This is the first time the panel have awarded the prestigious prize to an architecture studio or a Russian project... Read moreWatch Recorded Video
Born in Seattle and raised in California, Kaz went on to receive a B.Arch. (Hons) from the Cornell University AAP. After a two-year collaboration with a then-startup atelier in Tokyo, he attended Harvard GSD and received his M.Arch. II (Hons) in 2011. Thereafter, he was appointed to run Harvard GSD’s Tokyo Abroad Studio with Toyo Ito. After serving as an inaugural director of space design for Takram from 2011 to 2014, Kaz founded Bureau 0–1 in 2018 where he is the Principal and CEO. Read moreWatch Recorded Video