American Univesity of Beirut

Mohamad Nahle wins world’s best graduation project for Archiprix International 2019

​​​​​Recent MSFEA architecture graduate Mohamad Nahle (BArch'2018) has been announced as a winner of the 2019 Archiprix International / Hunter Douglas Awards. The awards were announced at the award ceremony on May 3, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.
As an initiative of the Archiprix Foundation, this worldwide biennale competition invites schools worldwide in architecture, urban design, and landscape design to choose their single best graduation project, either leading to a bachelor's or a master's degree. This year, seven of the 321 submissions were announced as the best graduation projects in the world.

Among 22 finalists announced in December 2018, an international jury selected the seven winning projects which spotlight international trends and a wealth of ideas for a broad range of contemporary and future challenges. According to the jury, "what the winning projects have in common, apart from being excellent presentations, is an ability to combine social, political and contextual elements with innovative programmes, a critical engagement with the discourse, and restraint in the design process. Architecture is political. The question is whether or not you acknowledge that fact."

Commenting on his win, Mohamad Nahle said: “I am honored to carry the ArD, MSFEA, and AUB names, and especially while receiving the first Archiprix International Award given to a project from the Arab world since the inauguration of the competition in 2001."

MSFEA Dean Shihadeh congratulated Mohamad Nahle, the only architecture student to score a perfect 100 on his final year project, his advisor Professor Rana Haddad, and the ArD department.

The real award, according to Nahle, was spending two weeks in Chile, working​ with international participants, and seeing how much MSFEA's Department of Architecture and Design (ArD) constantly stimulates him to challenge the conventional pedagogies and to lead new ways of contributing to the discipline. He added: “It is crystal clear how my graduation project is shaping my career and the conscious architect I want to be, irrespective of the sparkling awards that don't even scratch the surface of the transformative role that ArD is playing. What matters is how this project lives on, how its methodology can be synthesized and applied in other contexts (something I proudly explored in Santiago) all of which are questions I'm currently developing into a book, again with th​e support of ArD and MSFEA."​​

More information about the project 185 EN-COUNTERS can be found here on the ArchiPrix website.
Read the nominees and winners announceme​nt on ArchDaily​​, the most visited architecture website worldwide, with over 500,000 daily readers.​

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