Tamayouz is an Iraqi Design Excellence award, founded by Iraqi architects and academics outside Iraq, the award aims to promote excellence, support the academic efforts to develop and improve the skills of Iraqi graduates, highlight Iraq’s talents, introduce them to the international architectural community and raise the national awareness of the Iraqi architectural heritage.
Tamayouz Award 2012 was a huge success with 135 registered final year architecture students from Iraqi universities, 58 excellent entries were received from 9 Iraqi universities, after a shortlisting process 17 projects qualified and then were judged by our strong panel of 12 renowned architects and academics including the Priktzer Architecture Prize winner Zaha Hadid commented that “I am delighted to be a judge of the Tamayouz Award. Iraq’s rich history and its future possibilities inspire a great sense of optimism for its architects. There is a new, invigorated ethos of worldwide collaboration within architecture; a truly collective research culture where many contributions and innovations feed into each other. Talents flourish in this global movement and the Tamayouz Award will further link Iraq’s architects with this international community.”
Ahmed Salah, The award coordinator said:
“Tamayouz Award Has given the world the opportunity to see what is going inside our classrooms, what our teachers are teaching and what are the Iraqi students producing.
Some of the produced graduation projects can be easily compared to their counterparts in any European or American university, the only difference is Iraqi students are risking their lives daily in order to go to the university to attend a lecture. Congratulation to the winners and congratulations to Iraq”.
The winner of the 2012 Tamayouz Award is the University of Technology’s student Anwar Sabah Abbas supervised by Dr. Ibrahim Jawad Al Yousif for his design of the “Desert Research Centre”. Nine of the 12 judges has selected this project as one of their top 3, Zaha Hadid commented on this project and said “The design considers the environmental challenges of its location and incorporates engaging communal spaces; encouraging interaction and discussion between researchers and visitors”, London based Iraqi Architect Ayad Al-Tuhafi Said “The student has a clear creative ability, the project flows with ease and pleasant mix of colours and materials” and Dr Khaled Al-Sultani the researcher at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark said “Good design aesthetics and artistic creativity”.
The second place goes to Barov Abdulrahman Amedi from Duhok University supervised by The Architect Hussein Yousif for his Ministry of Youth and Culture in Erbil. Jerome Goyard of Fevre and Gaucher commented on the project and said “drawings are nice, especially sections which are very expressive”, Katherine McNeill the chief director of Architecture for Humanity London Chapter said “An interesting approach merging cultural symbolism to express the built form” and Linda Bennett the Sydney based architect and the founder of Archi-Ninja said “Stunningly beautiful and appealing hand sketches. The borrowing of the past for the present is very thoughtful”.
The third places winner is Zaid Tahir Mohamed from Basrah University for his Iraqi War Museum supervised by the Architect Qaid Al-Saraffi. Paul Longdin the owner and director of Constructure design consultancy said “A complex design brief tackled with a sympathetic yet successful approach”, Architect Manhal Abdulateef commented on the student skills and said “The student shows good abilities in dealing with geometrical compositions, space configuration and functional distributions” also the Amman Based Architect Rashed Al-Nasa’a said “Unless a museum project has something new to add, it can easily fail to impress. This project highlights an important aspect of any war as explained in its concept, which is the divide that such an event leaves in any country or civilization”.
In addition to the top 3 winners there are 8 honourable mentions, all of those entries make the list of top 11 Iraqi Young Architects selected by the judging panel of Tamayouz Award 2012.
Tamayouz Award team would like to bring to your attention that starting 2013 Tamayouz Award is inviting all final year Iraqi students studying anywhere in the world to participate and encourage the architectural debate between young Iraqi architects everywhere and promote excellence.
We at Tamayouz Award would like to acknowledge all the students for their work, efforts, persistence and devotion for learning, the Tamayouz Team in Iraq for all their efforts and commitment and the members of the judging panel for their knowledge, time, and enthusiasm during the review process.
And finally we would like to thank our sponsors who made this possible:
Zaha Hadid Architects (UK), Coventry University (UK), United Nations Global Compact, Al-Dulaimi Business Group (Iraq), Dewan Architects & Engineers (Iraq), Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects (UK), Iraqi Business Council (Jordan) and Architecture For Humanity (UK).
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