"Future Practice: Diaspora Narratives":  links four emerging Middle Eastern American practices as they relate to the built environment to project new narratives for architecture. Praxis, research, teaching, academia, and publication are disparate intervention mediums but are presented as standard practices for understanding and advocating for a more inclusive built environment. Hajar Alrifai '21, Hamees Gabr '22, Nadeen Hassan '20, and Benjamin Akhavan '20 are Middle Eastern American individuals operating within the collective agenda of redefining the discipline to incorporate multiple identities as they shape the built environment.
DRF is a student-run organization formed to highlight design research going on in and around the GSD. Design research is the process of inquiry, ideation, iteration, and illustration that underpins and runs parallel to planning, proposing, and implementing design. As such, this work is integral to the work of all students within the GSD but may not always be expressly examined or celebrated. It is in that void that DRF operates, working to facilitate a more complete and nuanced design discourse for the Harvard GSD community.
Arab Conference at Harvard is the largest pan-Arab conference in North America, bringing together nearly 1,300 students and professionals to discuss key issues with the region’s most prominent politicians, business people, and civil society leaders.
As we assess progress in our region and reimagine our vision towards the future, we must engage in fruitful discussions about the challenges and opportunities we find ourselves face to face with.
This year, the Arab Conference at Harvard explores how Arabs back home and abroad can create a world of prosperity and dignity for all – especially the most vulnerable.
This collaboration is a joint effort initiated by Harvard University and Zaytuna College students. We aim to provide a space for undergraduates and masters’ students at each respective institution to present their research culminating in their thesis. This will provide the opportunity for participants to have their research reviewed by esteemed faculty members of another institution, foster new relationships, and ultimately cooperate on future intellectual pursuits.
Diversity Hour embraces the diverse community that embodies our school by creating a space for students, faculty, and alumni to share art, architecture, and social dynamics native to their homeland so that we can learn and discuss on a platform to bring awareness within our community. We want our knowledge of architecture to reflect the cultures of our next generation of architects and value group discussions and participation from all participants.
Starting off the lecture series this year is fifth-year B. Arch student Hamees Gabr. Hamees will shed light on the term "Middle East." She will discuss who it stands to benefit, its origin, and who is harmed by its consistent usage.
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