DAMLUJI Salma Samar



Salma Samar Damluji was born in Beirut 29 August 1954. Iraqi-British architect who graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture (1977) and the Royal College of Art (1987) in London. She worked with Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy in 1975-6 and in the 1980s. Her publications include The Architecture of Oman (1998), The Architecture of Yemen (2007) and Hassan Fathy: Earth & Utopia (2018), and has curated a several exhibitions on her work in London, Paris and Madrid. She was elected Member of the Académie d’Architecture (2017), received the Académie d’Architecture’s Restoration Award in 2015 and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. She is Professor of the Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at the American University in Beirut since 2013. She is currently engaged in several reconstruction rehabilitation projects in post-war cities of Yemen.

The architectural research and speciality my work has engaged in, concentrated on Arab, Islamic and Vernacular architecture. Fieldwork conducted on the design methodology and construction techniques has covered a wide range of regional architecture, (e.g. in Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Oman and the UAE). The initial interest was triggered by applied research in Islamic geometry, consolidated in practicing with Hassan Fathy in Cairo, broadening the spectrum with the design of the Islamic and Arab city, crafts, culture, function and prevalent meaning. Recent workshops and field projects are engaged in Destruction and Reconstruction of Cities in Iraq, Syria and Yemen where two projects are underway in the cities of Hadramut. Current research investigates Earth Architecture and Cities of the Desert Route.