Sharjah National Travel & Tourist Agency (SNTTA), Al Ourouba Street, Sharjah. Architect: Anas Wasouf. Completed in 1976. Image courtesy of Meitha Al Mazrooei/WTD

Date:  Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Time:  16:30 – 20:00 (in two parts*)
Venue:  Bridewell Hall
St Bride Foundation,
St Bride’s Passage,
Nearest Tube: Blackfriars (3 min walk)
Tickets:  Eventbrite

Please note, that due to demand, the venue has been changed to Bridewell Hall in St Bride Foundation.

During his residency at Delfina Foundation, collector Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi uses Ala Younis’s current exhibition at Delfina as a starting point to discuss current research and practice around Modernisms in art, architecture and urban space.

Taking Younis’s exploration of the history of a gymnasium in Baghdad, designed by Le Corbusier and named after Saddam Hussein, this mini-symposium brings together leading scholars and architects to discuss the history and future of modern architecture in Iraq and the wider Gulf Region.

Guests are welcome to attend either or both parts of the symposium. Please book tickets accordingly.


Part 1: 16:30–18:00

Opening Presentation
Adrian Lahoud: Architecture and Social Movements

Iraq Panel

  • Ahmed Naji: Modernising Medieval Baghdad
  • Talik Chalabi: Transformation and Tradition
  • Jananne Al Ani: Spectres in the Landscape
  • Nahed Jawad: The Architecture of Zaha Hadid
  • Samaneh Moafi: Containing the Gulf: Modern Housing Estates and the Making of a New Gendered Dweller
Break: 18:00–18:30

Refreshments will be available

Part 2: 18:30–20:00

Gulf Cities Panel

  • Ahmed Taleb: Modernism & Urban Growth: Isa Town, Bahrain
  • Sultan Al Qassemi: Modern Architecture of Sharjah
  • Omid Kamvari: Iran’s Missing Modernism
  • Hussam Dakkak: Modernism in Saudi Arabia: A Vernacular Tradition
  • Dalal Musaed Alsayer: Sand and Mud to Grass and Concrete: Environmental Imaginaries and the Making of a Modern Kuwait


In association with the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics