Intuitive Visualization in Architecture

A Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) interactive two-day workshop led by Sahel al-Hiyari, and assisted by Hiba Shahzada

Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 2014

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Workshop Announcement Contents:

- Workshop Description
- Eligibility and Number of Participants
- Date and Time
- Location
- Needed Materials
- Tuition
- Certificate of Attendance
- Registration
- Instructors

Workshop Description

The target of this workshop is to engage the intuitive faculties of expression. It therefore aims at accessing the innate tools for understanding and engaging in artistic expression, architectural and otherwise, through imagination. The workshop shall focus on the idea of creation through a series of specific exercises that range from visualization, breathing, and drumming, to spontaneous writing, drawing, and possibly model making.

Such an approach aims at temporarily suppressing the scientific / analytic aspects of our mind, which often hinder our abilities at thinking creatively. The approach taken in this workshop consequently attempts to disperse rationalist and reductivist thought processes, which primarily govern how we see, understand, and describe ourselves within the world we inhabit. The workshop therefore aims to dislodge such thought patterns in favor of more immediate, experiential, and, above all, intuitive responses.

Eligibility and Number of Participants

Although the workshop addresses the field of architecture among other fields, it is open to all age groups and to people from all disciplines, and no background in design or architecture is required. A maximum of 17 participants will be admitted to the workshop in order to guarantee an optimal level of interaction between the participants and the instructor.

Date and Time

The workshop will take place on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, 2014. Each session will take place from 10 am to 5 pm.


The workshop will take place at the Graphic Arts Studio of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Jabal al-Luweibdeh, Amman.
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Needed Materials

Each participant will need to bring the following to the workshop:

-          Exercise or yoga mat
-          Sketchbook or paper
-          Pencils, pens, markers…

In addition, participants may bring any other media they would like to work with such as materials for model building, collages, or painting; a computer …


Tuition for the workshop is 100 JD. Tuition fees should be paid within two days of registration. Additional payment details will be provided upon registration. Tuition fees are non-refundable, but are transferable.

Certificate of Attendance

Participants in the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance from CSBE.


Registration for the workshop starts on February 23, 2014, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, please download and fill the registration form, and send it to Confirmation will be emailed upon receipt of this form.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact CSBE at +962 6 461 5297 or send an email to

Sahel Al Hiyari is a Jordanian architect and painter, and is the principal architect at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects. His professional experience includes design work with Dar El Handasah: Shair and Partners in Cairo; Machado Silvetti Associates in Boston; and Jafar Tukan and Partners in Amman. His teaching activities include the design studios Arch Lab I & II, which were organized by the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in collaboration with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2002 and 2004, as well as an option studio at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (fall 2010) and a vertical design studio at the American University of Beirut (fall 2011).

His work has been published internationally and has been exhibited in Amman at The Khalid Shoman Foundation and in New York at The Center of Architecture. He is co-author of Sahel Al Hiyari | Projects (2005), which presents a number of his works. In 2002, Mr. Al Hiyari was chosen as the first architect to receive the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, according to which he was a protégé of architect Álvaro Siza of Portugal. He also served as a reviewer and a jury member for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Additionally, he is a painter, and has exhibited in Jordan, Lebanon, and Italy.

Mr. Al Hiyari holds bachelor's degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master's of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. In addition, he carried out post-graduate work at the School of Architecture at the University of Venice, where he also taught from 1993-1995.

Hiba Shahzada is an architect at Sahel al Hiyari Architects. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Jordan, and her Post-Professional Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She is a recipient of a 2010 - 2012 Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship Program Award, and is also a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Award at the Graduate School of Design for 2010 -2011 and 2011 -2012. Her graduate studies work has been exhibited at the Singapore Institute of Architects, and as part of the Platform 5 Exhibition at the Graduate School of Design. Her academic work has also been included in several publications including GSD Platform 5, A View on Harvard GSD, Vol. 3, and Dense+Green: Architecture Experiments for Singapore’s New Waterfront.

Ms. Shahzada served as a design / architecture critic at the German Jordanian University in 2013 and at the Applied Science University in 2014. In addition to architecture, she also has a passion for and pursues visual art independently as a painter and photographer.