DPU alumni speak at the Strelka ‘Future Architect conference’ in Moscow, Russia
1 November 2019
Fantastic work by DPU alumni Joana Dabaj and Riccardo Luca Conti, co-founders of CatalyticAction charity, who have received the Bronze LafargeHolcim award for sustainable construction for their project “Pavilion re-claimed for refugee education”
At the ‘Future architect’ conference, Joana and Riccardo received the Bronze LafargeHolcim award and explained how their winning project of the Jarahieh school focuses on community empowerment as central to sustainable design. “Architecture is not just about building, but also about adapting processes and seizing opportunities for community empowerment,” Joana said. Strelka conference ‘Future architect’ is a series of lectures, discussions and workshops on trends and challenges that young architects are facing today.
The duo encouraged young architects to participate in the LafargeHolcim Awards competition 6th cycle “It meant a lot to us as a young practice to receive such a prestigious acknowledgement – there are many benefits to being part of the LafargeHolcim Awards”. Joana Dabaj is a member of the jury for the LafargeHolcim Awards 2020 for the region of Middle East Africa. The awards competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020.
During their same visit to Russia, CatalyticAction’s co-founders attended the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2019 presentation ceremony in Kazan, Russia, where their project, Jarahieh school, had been shortlisted. During the event they met Dr. Shadia Yousef Touqan, a DPU alumna who obtained her PhD in Urban Development and Planning in 1995. It was a very joyful moment for the three DPU alumni, across generations, to meet in Russia and discuss their shared interests and values.