Amin Alsaden.

Amin Alsaden Appointed Director of Sharjah Architecture Triennial

Architectural scholar and practitioner Amin Alsaden has been appointed the director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial, the first major platform dedicated to architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.

Alsaden—who earned his Ph.D. in architectural history from Harvard University, where he focused his research on how Baghdad became a locus of architectural and artistic encounters in the years following World War II—has served as a professor at a number of schools, including the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah. He also previously worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and MVRDV in the Netherlands and at Woods Bagot in the United Arab Emirates.

Commenting on his new role, Alsaden said: “Through my research on Baghdad, I discovered the powerful mediatory role this region can play. One of our ambitions for the Triennial is that it serves as a critical forum for similar re-evaluations, and for reflection on the complex and at times dissonant dimensions of our experience of the built environment today.”