The Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design
The 6th Award Public Lecture

The sixth Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design public lecture took place on September 24, 2016 at the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East in Amman, Jordan.

Two landscapes: The Palestinian Museum and the Grand Egyptian MuseumWinners of the Ninth Cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design; a lecture by Róisín Heneghan.

This lecture is an event of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design, and is organized by Omrania & Associates and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in association with Studio-X Amman, run by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (Columbia GSAPP) and the Columbia Global Centers | Middle East.

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View a Facebook album containing pictures taken during the public lecture.

205 entries were submitted for the 2016 ninth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design. Of these, 194 qualified for consideration by the Award. Those entries came from 38 universities in eleven countries in the Arab world: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and the United Arab Emirates.

The Award jury consisted of Irish architect Róisín Heneghan, cofounder of Heneghan Peng Architects; Jordanian architect Ammar Khamash,  principal architect and founder of Khammash Architects; and Iranian-American architect and educator Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design there.


The Award jury members met in Amman on September 23 and 24 to evaluate the participating entries and select the winners. They identified four first-place winners, each of which is to receive USD 3,750 in prize money, and five honorable mentions.

First-Prize Winning Projects (in alphabetical order):


Ain Ghazal Interpretation Center and Archaeological Shelter
By: Lina Halaseh
Instructor: Leen Fakhoury
German Jordanian University


A Product of Nature
By: Romy el Sayah
Instructor: Carla Aramouny
American University of Beirut


Almost Natural - Architecture of Preservation

By: Khalid al-Tamimi and Nasser Ghannam
Instructor: Faysal Tabbarah
American University of Sharjah


Square One: Urban Library and Learning Center
By: Noor Marji
Instructor: Tha'er Qub'a
German Jordanian University

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

Adaptive Foundation   | Structure
By: Tamir Ehab Khalil
Instructor: George Katodrytis
American University of Sharjah


Artificial Island
By: Fahad al-Muwaizri
Instructor: Khaled Tarazi
University of Petra


Baptism Site Eco-tourism and Interpretation Center
By: Anas al-Mikhi
Instructor: Rania Abu Ramadan
University of Petra


Beirut Opera House
By: Souraya Fathallah
Instructor: George Arbid
American University of Beirut  


The National Center for Autism Rehabilitation and Treatment
By: Emaduldin Hassan al Shoora
Instructor: Anwar Ibrahim
Jordan University of Science and Technology


An Award ceremony and exhibition is held for each cycle to honor the winners and to exhibit the participants' graduation projects. The Award ceremonies and exhibitions have been held in a number of cities in the Arab world, including Amman, Beirut, Sharjah, Irbid, and Manama. The Award ceremony and exhibition for this cycle will be held in Amman in November 22, 2016.


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