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Three Lebanese students awarded at the Omrania | CSBE Student Award 2014 Seventh Cycle.


90 entries from 28 universities in the Arab world participated in the seventh cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. The projects came from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Award has been growing and expanding over its seven-year existence, and it provides a very useful indicator in helping assess the quality of architectural education in the Arab world and in encouraging students, teachers, and programs of architecture to further enhance existing skills and resources.

The Award’s jury met in Amman on October 19, 2014 and October 20, 2014.

The Award jury consisted of Palestinian architect Senan Abdelqader, the founder and principal of Senan Abdelqader Architects (SAA); Turkish architect Emre Arolat, the founding partner of EAA - Emre Arolat Architects in Istanbul; and Moroccan architect Saad El Kabbaj, who has had his own practice in Casablanca since 2005. The Award jury divided their final selection of winning projects into two categories: a group of equal first-place winners (six projects), and a group of equal second-place winners (five projects). The winners are as follows:

First Prize Winning Projects (arranged alphabetically):


Abu Alanda Community

By: Ahmad al-Mughrabi, Deya’ Abd al-Rhaman

Instructor: Saqer Sqour

University: Al al-Bayt University


Almahatta - Stitching Trails

By: Farah Kayyal

Instructor: Alex Graef

University: AUB – American University of Beirut


Al-Nakba Museum: The Question of The Palestine Museum & Center

By: Khalid Ali

Instructor: Rania Abu Ramadan

University: University of Petra


Anchoring the City Back to the Sea

By: Tarek Hreish

Instructor: Sinan Hassan

University: AUB – American University of Beirut


Circassian Interpretation Center

By: Yazeed Abu Gharbieh

Instructor: Hadeer Merza

University: University of Petra


Streets of Shatila: An Artifact of Exile

By: Fady Haddad

Instructors: Maroun El Daccache, Cindy Menassa

University: LAU – Lebanese American University


Shatila Palestinians’ refugee camp-An Artifact of Exile, Fady Haddad


‘At the intersection of northern and southern Beirut rises Shatila Palestinians’ refugee camp-An Artifact of Exile. A set of building stopped being a simple settlement and are entitled as polis when it accommodates not only a group of people, but also those relations among them that, in a characteristically declaratory way we consider to fall under the scoop of politics. This thesis addresses those political social relationships between the Palestinians refugees and the clustered Lebanese entities positioning the city in the middle of the separation spectrum, in attempt to stitch back the division between those different groups on political, social and urban level.

The Sabra-Shatila massacre took place on September the 16th till 19th in Beirut, a 48 hours of slaughter that targeted the Shatila camp. The residents were surrounded and sealed off by the occupying Israeli army, whose intents were to block anyone seeking to escape the predicted orgy of butchery looking back on those times of agony, the camp was fully destroyed.

However, there was the exception of some landmarks that played a major role in the vernacular reconstruction of the city. Those landmarks were the basis of this thesis. A detailed analysis was done on each of those structures in an attempt to generate a Master Plan that will help the camp to a distinct position on both urban and social’.


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