Sahel Al Hiyari is the principal architect at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He carried out post-graduate work at the School of Architecture at the University of Venice, where he also taught from 1993-1995. In addition, his teaching activities include design studios “Arch Lab” organized by the Centre for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in collaboration with the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2002 and 2004, as well as an option studio at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (fall 2010), and a vertical design studio at the American University of Beirut (fall 2011). He has lectured at Columbia University, Physical Development Research Centre in Iran, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Harvard University, the American University of Beirut and ETH Zurich. His work has been published internationally, as well as exhibited in Jordan at “The Khalid Shoman Foundation” and in New York at “The Center of Architecture”. In 2002, Al Hiyari was chosen as the first architect to receive the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, according to which he has been a protégé of architect Álvaro Siza of Portugal. He has served as a reviewer and a member of the Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Additionally, he is a painter and has exhibited in Jordan, Lebanon and Italy.
Sahel Al Hiyari Architects – SHA is an award-winning, design-driven Amman-based architectural practice, led by principal architect Sahel Al Hiyari. The firm’s work covers a wide spectrum of design related disciplines ranging from urban design, interior and furniture design, to architectural installations and exhibition design. SHA’s diverse portfolio has been published and exhibited internationally. SHA addresses the particularities, challenges and limitations of each project as instrumental aspects that are internalised within the design discourse and approach. The synergies between design, materiality and technique with the cultural context create an architecture that proposes diversity, change and place-related transformation. SHA’s work therefore regards context, with its traditions and conventions, as aspects subject to redefinition and reinvention. SHA is a design studio that aims to produce architecture of excellence regardless of scale, budget or location.