The Reconstruction of the Awliya Domes in Hadramut, Yemen (2019-2021)

Professor Salma Samar Damluji (American University of Beirut)
Wednesday, 15 June 2022

This seminar will begin at 5pm in the Centre's Jerusalem Room. Prior booking is not required. All welcome.

Professor Damluji is a British-Iraqi architect, and Professor Binladin Chair for Architecture in the Islamic World, at MSFEA The American University of Beirut since 2013. She graduated from the AA School of Architecture (1977) and the Royal College of Art (1987) in London. She worked with Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy in 1975-6 and later in1984-5. While teaching at both the AA and RCA, Damluji established the RCA Asilah Studios in Morocco during the 1990s.

Between 2001 and 2004 she was Advisor to the Chair of the Public Works Department in Abu Dhabi, appointed as head of the Technical Office in the PW. In 2007 she founded with colleagues in Hadramut (Yemen) Daw‘an Architecture Foundation, for earth construction. The Foundation has been engaged in emergency and post-war reconstruction in Hadramut, in partnership with the Prince Claus Fund and Cultural Emergency Response (CER) since 2008. The most recent projects (2019-21) involved the reconstruction of several landmarks and cultural sites in Hadramut that were destroyed during the ongoing war on Yemen, including the Mukalla Museum. See

Her publications include The Architecture of Yemen and its Reconstruction (2021), Hassan Fathy: Earth & Utopia (2018), The Architecture of the UAE (2006) and The Architecture of Oman (1998). She has curated several exhibitions of her work in London, Paris and Madrid. Damluji was elected Member of the Académie d’Architecture in 2017, received the Académie d’Architecture’s Silver Restoration Award in 2015 and the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2012. The post war projects completed in Yemen have been recognised with the Holcim Foundation 2020-2021 Middle East Africa Regional Holcim Award.

Source: AUB - Faculty Member Profile - Salma Samar Damluji