The Winners

First Place:  Neda Karimzadeh, Marjan Zaredehnavi,  Ehsan Kazerooni and Amirreza Fathollahi
Iran – Tehran 

Judging Panel Comment:
“This environmental proposal is based on thorough research, and comes complete with a sufficient set of drawings. Featuring interesting and well-scaled inner spaces, with successful transitions between indoors and outdoors, the project offers a flexible and modular design that could be built easily and expanded to accommodate future growth. 

We commend the innovative use of materials and the 3D visuals, which helped show how the design considers humanity and refrains from being a pretentious solution.”

Second Place:  Sameh Zayed, Nader Moro and Mostafa Ahmed
Egypt – Giza

Judging Panel Comment:
“We enjoy the simplicity of this design, and the way the various components relate to each other. The project features beautiful shaded walkways, an intelligent use of building materials, and affordable construction. Together, these elements support the project’s strong rural character, which is quite responsive to the local environment. 

The jury was also pleased with the design’s clear grid, earthy design and elegant layout.”

Third Place:  Noor Marji
Jordan – Amman 

Judging Panel Comment:
“This project has a commendable approach to building due to its intelligent use of construction techniques, which can be developed locally. The facade’s sensitive colour and material palette  and the intimacy of the classrooms create a very warm, friendly and human environment.

The project is environmentally successful, and its layout is powerful and simple.”

Honourable Mentions

Honourable Mention – Nikolai Mina and Lady Roxanne Mina

Judging Panel Comment:
“We enjoyed the modularity of this project, as it allows the capacity of the school to adjust according to its needs. 

There were a number of elements that we found to have great impact, such as the dynamic uses of roof space and the sensitive scale of the project. The designer’s thorough environmental analysis also helped create a comfortable micro-climate.”

Honourable Mention – Pietro Paolo Speziale and Mohamed Hassan El-Gendy 
Italy – Verona 

Judging Panel Comment:
“A strength of this project is its innovative treatment of the harbour, which creates a beautiful waterfront and highlights the project’s sensitivity to the marshlands. We commend the gathering of the school’s functions into two components, which leaves a comforting void space.  

We appreciate the integration of the wetlands and waterbodies into this project’s proposal, as it promotes interaction between the school and the environment.”​

Honourable Mention – EVA ARCHITECTS
Team members:  Alan Wang, Cen-Li, Nicole-Wu, Xin-Wang and Isaac Fung 
China – Shanghai 

Judging Panel Comment:
“We commend this project for its successful use of water purification and for its consideration of the local economy by potentially offering a source of income for the community. We also find the simple design of the individual buildings to be visually beautiful.”

Honourable Mention –  Osama Rahahleh
Jordan – Amman 

Judging Panel Comment:
“A distinguishing trait of this project was its consideration of the various modes of transportation used by the inhabitants of the area, which includes boats and cars, and accommodates them through its design. The project also features a successful combination of materials, great layout and a solid balance between open and closed spaces. There is a real sense of hierarchy of the spaces.”

Honourable Mention – Ibrahim Nart and Ömer Varol
Turkey – Istanbul

Judging Panel Comment:
“We commend this project’s layout and its use of open-air classrooms, which was a unique quality of this proposal. We also appreciated the designers’ analytical approach and presented analysis.”

Honourable Mention – Benaa Foundation
Team members:  Ahmed Abdulhakeem, ِAya t’allah Nasr, Abdelrahman Elhiatmy and Neda Hany
Egypt – Cairo

Judging Panel Comment:
“The project’s floor plans were refreshing, and helped us understand its  sense of identity. We appreciate the thorough research from the team, as it is greatly reflected in the final design its ability to work with and complement its surroundings.”

Honourable Mention – Offshore Studio
Team members:  Paisios Skitini, Irene Evgeniou
Cyprus – Nicosia 

Judging Panel Comment:
“This project displays a nice botanical-inspired design, and a recognisable modularity. The inner spaces are also interesting and create a series of unique experiences.”

The chairman and managing director of Dewan Architects + Engineers, Mohamed Al Assam, said:  
“Our sincerest congratulations to the winners. We are thrilled with the outstanding success of the inaugural cycle of the Dewan Award and the incredible participation of more than 130 design studios and individuals. We chose the theme of “School in the Iraqi Marshes” to create international awareness and attract architects to the growing environmental and social dilemma facing this region. Iraq needs thousands of schools to be built, and the current situation in the marshlands is of utmost urgence. We were pleased to see competition entries presenting practical and suitable schemes that can be implemented and replicated. Our gratitude goes to those who entered the competition and considered architectural solutions that could positively impact the lives of many. 

The winner selected by the judging panel will receive a 6 month employment at Dewan Architects + Engineers, Renewable to 12 months and 
If for any reason this cannot be achieved then a sum of $5000 will be presented.  Second Prize winner will receive $2000 and Third Prize winner will receive a $1000.  
An invitation to attend the Tamayouz Award Annual Ceremony for the Top 20 shortlist, the Top 3 winners will have  their Flight and Accommodation costs covered by the organisers of the prize; Tamayouz Excellence Award, ​the award ceremony will be held in December 2018 in Amman – Jordan where an exhibition of the entries will be held and the 2019 theme of the prize will be announced. 

Tamayouz Excellence Award is sponsored by:  Dewan Architects + Engineers, the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan, Kufa – Makiya Charity, Coventry University, the United Nations Global Compact, Tradex Global ltd, Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects and IDP Group – Coventry.

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