Library Circles: Azza Aboualam

Library Circles, a series of research, talks, and experimental interventions by UAE practitioners at the Jameel Library and Jameel Arts Centre, delves into alternative research methodologies with a focus on “thinking in public.”

For this iteration, Jameel Library presents a research display by Azza Aboualam

Aboualam investigates the evolution of architectural typology within spiritual spaces, particularly in Islam, across Sharjah and New York. This exploration delves into how architectural form shapes spiritual practice through architectural drawings  and photographs.

In Sharjah, mosques like Obaid Bin Eesa AlNaboodah, Saif Bin Ghanim, and Ahmed Bin Hassan exemplify regional architectural elements and historical narratives. Similarly, mosques in New York, such as the Islamic Cultural Center in Manhattan, Masjid Al-Firdaus in Harlem, and Masjid Manhattan, reflect contemporary urban dynamics.

The project underscores the transcultural dialogue within the built environment, offering insights into the employment of architectural forms and considerations in mosque spaces across these landscapes.

Click here to read the Library Circles accompanying essay in English.

About Azza Aboualam

Azza Aboualam, an Assistant Professor at Zayed University Dubai, holds a Master of Architecture (M.Arch) from Yale University. Her expertise spans research-based architectural projects, including contributions to the UAE Architecture Initiative and the publication “In Search of Spaces of Coexistence: An Architect’s Journey.” Significant  collaborations include work with the Department of Public Works in Sharjah, notably the award-winning Wasit Wetland Center. Aboualam’s work has been showcased globally, including exhibitions at Yale University, Sharjah Architecture Triennial, Venice Biennale, and Citygroup Architecture Initiative in New York.




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