Architects from Egypt and Jordan shortlisted for women’s prize


Egyptian architect Dalila Elkerdany is on the shortlistfor the international arcVision Prize for female architects

She is one of two from the Arab world, along with Basma Uraiqat Abdallah from Jordan.

The prize gives recognition to women whose work brings an innovation to design and


ElKerdany (pictured) obtained her degree and MSc in architecture, as well as a PhD in architecture, from Cairo University in the years 1979, 1986 and 1992.

During the years 1989-1992, she was a visiting fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.

From 2006 to 2014, she headed the Heritage Conservation Committee in the Port Said governorate and is involved in research and practice in the fields of conservation, heritage and design.

She is a member of the Historic Areas Committee in the Egyptian National Organisation for Urban Harmony (NOUH), and is also a member of the Architecture Committee at the Egyptian Supreme Council of Culture.

Abdallah  is a co-founder of Uraiqat Architects, an architecture and interior design firm where she holds the position of design manager. she is also a co-founder of Atelier Uraiqat, an experimental design studio that integrates art, design, critical theory and technology.

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