Call: The AIA Middle East Annual Conference & the AIA Middle East Awards Program, November 20th through the 22nd at The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall.

The AIA Middle East is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects. It was founded in in September 2010 by US trained and accredited architects from the United States working in the Middle East.
Following various initiatives and events for the Architecture Industry which have seen the Middle East become the second-largest of the AIA's 5 international chapters, the AIA Middle East is now introducing its Annual Conference marking its third year of formation. Taking place in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the historic event will feature architectural presentations and debates, as well as a full day program of guided tours to outstanding landmark projects of architectural grandeur in the UAE. The Annual Conference also introduces the AIA Middle East Awards Program, to honor works of excellence in architecture by its members and to bring outstanding examples of architecture to public attention.
This year's annual AIA Middle East conference will take place November 20th through the 22nd at The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall.

In order to encourage excellence in architecture, the Middle East Chapter of the American Institute of Architects conducts an annual Awards Program. Through this program, AIA Middle East seeks to honor works of distinction by its members and bring to public attention outstanding examples of architecture.
Because such recognition not only benefits the architects honored, but also benefits all architects, AIA Middle East should strive to optimize the public's awareness and appreciation for the Awards Program through appropriate public relations efforts.
The AIA Middle East Awards Program is a function solely of AIA Middle East and participation in the program is limited to its current members.

Any architectural project completed since January 2007 (within the last 6 calendar years) which has been produced by, or in collaboration with, a Member, or Associate Member, of AIA Middle East is eligible for submission. Projects can be located inside or outside of the Middle East but must be submitted by an AIA Middle East member who served as either the Design Architect or the Architect-of-Record for the project. (When a firm or partnership has been dissolved, projects shall be submitted under the firm name on the contract documents used to execute the project, unless otherwise agreed to by the previous partners prior to submittal). Members are encouraged to submit previously submitted non-winning projects, or ones which have won awards in other programs. Entries must be designated in one of the following classifications. Awards will be given at the discretion of the Jury and there is no obligation that the jury present awards for each classification. Please state the classification you are wishing your project to be submitted. Categories are:
  • Architecture - awards shall recognize projects in the categories of new construction
  • Interior Architecture - awards shall recognize Interior architecture/interior design projects on any type including renovations, rehabs, offices, institutions, residences, retail projects, restaurants, single-family homes and public facilities.
  • Science & Technology - awards shall recognize projects in the categories of science & technology
  • Unbuilt - awards shall recognize unbuilt architecture and urban design as well as theoretical or conceptual work, including installations, land art, and research. Projects cannot have been undertaken for academic credit.
  • Divine Detail - awards shall recognize architectural ingenuity in use of a particular material, detail, or building technology.
Each project will be judged according to its own merit, not in competition with other entries. Awards for projects in the classification of Architecture may be granted at one of two levels: Honor Award or Award of Merit. Awards shall be granted at the discretion of the jury. These Awards will be designated by a jury of architects whose work and reputations have been established at the highest level of the profession. Jurors will review Power Point submissions in determination of awards in lieu of board submissions. Awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon during the AIA Middle East Design Conference.
  • Honor Award – is to bestowed for exceptional work, easily distinguishable by exceptional quality of design and function.
  • Award of Merit - is to be bestowed to work that demonstrate a high level of design quality worthy of recognition.
The submission fee per application is 175 USD. The fee for the first submission is waived if applicants choose to:

1.  Book the conference package of 450 USD which includes admission to the 2-day conference, gala dinner and guided tour program; or
2. Sign up for a 2014 AIA Middle East membership. The new membership must be completed by October 24, 2013.
Note: Additional submissions will garner a fee of 175 USD.
Submissions must be received and paid until October 31, 2013.
Kindly follow the below regulations for your power point submission:
1 - Do NOT alter the font size, color, type, or location of the text or color of the background.
2 - No animations, overlapping photos or hyper links in the Power Point presentation. If these are used, the submittal will be disqualified. Use digital images in provided template only.
3 - It is the responsibility of the entrant to obtain all clearances for use of photographs in conjunction with publicity and recognition of the project. AIA Middle East assumes no liability for copyrights or photographic fees.
4 - Every attempt should be made to make each submission anonymous so the judging is unbiased. Architect or firm name, logo, project identification or any symbol or identifying marks are not allowed on any slide except the credit slide. The only exception to this rule is a fixed, permanent building sign is allowed on image slides.
  • Slide .01 shall include a brief program summary of 25 words or less and a program statement of 250 words or less. The building area, cost per square foot, construction cost, and date of completion shall be indicated on the right hand side. Any information that conveys the architect, firm or name of the project may not be included on this side.
  • Slides following slide .01 shall be used for image slides. Each submission must have between 8 and 12 image slides and 2 information slides. Submissions must include at least 1 plan and 1 image in the image slides. There may be multiple images on an individual slide, however all images must fit within the 7" x 7" square indicated on the sample slide. The maximum size of the Power Point submission (presentation) file, in its entirety, should not exceed 15 mb.
  • The credit slide will be the last slide of your submission. It shall include the project name, project location, owner/client, architect(s) of record including names and addresses, project team, landscape architect, consultants, general contractor and photographer(s).
  • For submissions, please download the following template:

    Presentation Guidelines
If the submission is disqualified for failure to meet Award rules, the awards committee chairman will notify entrant, in writing, of disqualification. There will be no refunds for disqualified projects.

Day 1 Conference
Wednesday, November 20 | The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall [Map]
08.00 – 08.30
Registration & Breakfast
08.30 – 08.45
Welcoming & Opening
Sherif Anis | President, American Institute of Architects Middle East
Helene Combs Dreiling | First Vice President/President Elect, FAIA
08.45 - 09.45
The Influence of Design Thinking on Culture
Helene Combs Dreiling | First Vice President/President Elect, FAIA
09.45 - 10.45
Achieving LEED Certification in Dubai
Mario Seniviratne | Director, Green Technologies
10.45 - 11.00
Coffee Break
11.00 - 11.30
Modular and Containerization for Hotels and Workers Housing As One Method of Design-Build For the MENA and Sub-Sahara Africa Regions
Steven Miller | Senior Vice President Business Development, Shapoorji Pallonji International
11.30 - 12.00
Thinking Future Cities
Panel Discussion
12.00 - 13.00
Marshes of Mesopotamia
Raya Ani | Founding Partner, RAW-NYC Architects
13.00 – 13.45
13.45 - 14.45
Cellular Glass Insulation - Middle East Case Studies
Marco Thomas Vincenz | General Manager, FOAMGLAS
14.45 - 15.45
15.45 - 16.00
Coffee Break
16.00 - 16.30
Brooks + Scarpa Recent Work
Larry Scarpa | Brooks + Scarpa, FAIA
16.30 - 17.00
Awards Ceremony
Merit Award & Honor Award Winners Announcement
Presented by: Larry Scarpa
17.00 - 19.00
Free Time
19.00 - 23.00
Gala Dinner Cruise on the Sea [Map]
Moonlight Cruise along the Dubai Skyline
Gathering Point: Marina Mall Entrance

Day 2 Guided Tours
Thursday, November 21 | Dubai Architectural Tour
08.30 – 10.30
The DEWA Sustainable Building | Al Quoz [Map]
Largest LEED Platinum Rated Government Building in the World
Service & Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Center

Tour by LEED Consultant Green Technologies
11.00 – 13.00
O-14 Tower | Business Bay Dubai [Map]
Located along the the new Dubai Creek extension, is more affectionately known as the "Swiss Cheese Building" due to the full height, perforated concrete exoskeleton with more than 1000 openings. Designed by RUR Architecture of New York, it has become an icon in the Dubai skyline and is one of the few prototypes of progressive building design in the region.
Tour by Richard Wagner, AIA Middle East Director of Public Relations and Architect at Wanders Architects
13.00 – 14.30
15.00 – 16.30
Infinity Tower | Dubai Marina [Map]
Tallest Twisted Tower in the World

Tour by Ashraf Qudsiyeh, Manager for the Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development and Tannar Whitney, Architect at Skidmore Owings Merrill
17.30 – 20.00
Al Bastakiya District Tour | Al Bastakiya [Map]
Traditional Architecture Tour with a visit to a Mosque and Cultural Dinner in Dubai's historic Bastakiya District.
The program is offered and organized by the Sheikh Mohammed Institute of Cultural Understanding.

Day 3 Desert Safari
Friday, November 22 | Dubai Desert Safari Trip
15:00 - 21:00
Dubai Desert Safari Trip | Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
The mysterious desert is the ideal venue for a memorable evening. Trained safari guides driving 4x4 vehicles lead the thrilling journey - over the sand dunes, and through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve - deep into the heart of the desert. A feast under the stars includes a Middle Eastern selection of grilled meats, fresh salads, delectable sweets and hand-picked beverages at a traditional Bedouin-style camp.
Note: Attendance is optional and booked separately via the Registration page

                 Ph.D. in Technologies for the Exploitation
                 of the Cultural Heritage .
                 Senior Lecturer in the Dept. of Architecture

                 College of Engineering , University of Mosul 
                 Mosul - Iraq .

Tel :           +964 (0)770 164 93 74