Activities » Diwan al-Mimar
The 2011 – 2013 season of Diwan al-Mimar has been supported by National Paints, the Arab Technical Group (ATG) - Daiken, Yaghmour Architects, Planners, and Engineers, and the members of Diwan al-Mimar.
Diwan al-Mimar is a discussion group that aims at exploring the issues and challenges affecting the built environment in Jordan, the Arab world, and beyond in an in-depth and constructive manner. The Diwan addresses topics including architecture, urban planning, construction technologies, landscape architecture, and conservation of heritage sites. As a discussion forum, the Diwan aims at exploring and developing issues, rather than presenting finished products.
Diwan al-Mimar was established in 2000, and continued until 2008. No Diwan activities were carried out during 2009 and 2010, but the Diwan was reactivated in 2011. For the 2011 - 2013 season, the Diwan followed a different approach to its meetings. The season was devoted to a single subject, that of urban management in Jordan. A detailed report has been produced on the season and is available in Arabic below. This report will be available in English in the near future. All efforts will be made to develop an intensive dialogue with the public and relevant decision makers regarding the content of the report.
Membership in the Diwan during a given season is limited to about 20 - 25 participants so as to allow for an interactive relation between them, a relation that is difficult to attain in a lecture format, which is usually attended by a larger and continuously changing audience. The Diwan brings together a mix of academicians and practitioners involved in the built environment. In fact, the Diwan emphasizes the importance of developing a process of constructive interaction between the two groups. An additional number of students and newly graduating professionals also are invited to attend the Diwan, and, whenever possible, specialists from other disciplines are invited to participate in the Diwan so as to benefit from their knowledge and experiences.
Natheer Abu Obeid, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Jordan University of Science and Technology
Shadi Abdul Salam, Associate Architect, Consolidated Consultants
Wael Attili, CEO/Co-founder, Kharabeesh for Creative Content
Ramez Ayoub, Operation Director, Symbiosis Designs
Mohammad al-Asad, Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE)
Meisa Batayneh, Founder and Principal Architect, Maisam Architects & Engineers
Raghda Butros, Founder and Social Developer, Hamzet Wasel
Rami Farouk Daher, Partner, Turath: Heritage Conservation Management and Environmental Design Consultants
Tareq Ghannam, Architect, Consolidated Consultants
Dina Haddadin, Lead Designer, Symbiosis Designs
Thaer Haj Ahmad, Director of Planning & Design Division, Saraya Development Group
Bilal Hammad, Director, Bilal Hammad Architects
Sandra Hiari, Founder and Writer, tareeq (Diwan Coordinator)
Sahel Al Hiyari, Principal, Sahel Al Hiyari and Partners
Ahmad Humeid, CEO/Design Director, SYNTAX
Hani Imam Hussaini, Director, Almarsam Architects
Jamal al-Joucka, General Manager, Mawshour Architects and Consultants
Nida' Masannat, Architect, Bilal Hammad Architects
Rashed Al Nassa, Design Architect, Consolidated Consultants
Thaer Qub'a, Owner, Tha'er Qub'a Consultant Architects
Maria Rabadi, Management Consultant, White Design Associates
Farouk Yaghmour, Principal in Charge, Yaghmour Architects, Planners, and Engineers
Rula Yaghmour, Architect, Yaghmour Architects, Planners, and Engineers
Hazem Zureikat, Transportation Planner and Economist, Engicon
Lara Zureikat, Associate Director, Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE)
The Diwan primarily follows the format of having each session center around a presentation given by a speaker. The speakers include members of the Diwan and outside guests. Each presentation would take up a maximum period of 40 - 45 minutes, with the remaining time devoted to questions and answers and to discussions. Each session also has a moderator, and members of the Diwan rotate in moderating the sessions.
Speakers from outside Jordan: The Diwan regularly invites speakers from outside Jordan. These speakers include ones of international stature. The late William J. Mitchell, who was the Dean of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Joseph Rykwert, the Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania; the Swiss architect Mario Botta; Suha Ozkan, the former Secretary General of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; and the late Oleg Grabar, who was Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, all have made presentations to the Diwan. In addition, an emphasis is made on inviting speakers from the countries of the Arab World since relatively little information is known and exchanged about developments taking place there concerning the built environment. This involvement of outside speakers serves to regularly inform the members of the Diwan of developments taking place beyond the borders of Jordan, and to create a setting in which specialists in the built environment from Jordan and outside it are able to exchange information and ideas.
The invitation of a number of the speakers from outside Jordan to Diwan al-Mimar has been made possible by support from Darat al-Funun - the Khalid Shoman Foundation, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
A number of the presentations of the Diwan sessions have been published on the CSBE web site (hyperlinks are provided for all published sessions). The published materials include the discussions that the presentations create, and hyperlinks to additional suggested readings. (For additional information concerning published Diwan sessions, please see the CSBE E-publishing program).
Each Diwan season extends from the Fall to the early Summer, and includes an average of five to twelve sessions. The 2011 - 2013 season has extended over a period of two seasons.
It is hoped that the Diwan will act as a forum for the exchange and development of ideas relating to the built environment, and will make worthwhile contributions to its evolution in Jordan and the Arab world.
Schedule for the 2011 - 2013 series of the Diwan:
November 23, 2011
Session with Omar Maani, former Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality
January 30, 2012
Session with Walid Al Masri, former Mayor of the Greater Irbid Municipality
March 7, 2012
Session with Mohammad Balqar, former Commissioner for Land, Infrastructure, and Services at the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA)
April 18, 2012
Session with Omar Razzaz, former Director of the Social Security Corporation