Alumni Inspiration
March 13, 2020

"The Woven Mashrabiya" Attempts to Bridge the Gap Between Digital Design and Artisanal Crafts.

Ms. Hadeel Mohammad, who is a Fulbright Alumna obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and showcased her design at Amman Design Week in October 2019.

About The Woven Mashrabiya

The Woven Mashrabiya is a 3-dimensional reinterpretation of the traditional Mashrabiya facade elements. It explores possibilities of translating this historical craft into a contemporary modular facade system. The exhibited installation is an assembly of 50 modules made of light stainless steel frames woven with stainless steel wire.

The project aims to hybridize the use of digital design tools with traditional crafts such as weaving; setting an example in how pre-fabricated building product systems can bridge the gap between digital design and artisanal crafts.

The modular system allows for endless possibilities for assembly as the modules can be arranged to create enclosures, planar facades, interior partitions and shading canopies.

More About Hadeel

Hadeel Mohammad obtained a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania - School of Design in 2016 on a Fulbright award. She is currently working as an Urban Designer at a company based in Amman.

About Amman Design week

Amman Design Week is one of the most important annual events taking place in the capital Amman to celebrate culture, arts, design, urban planning and innovation. This project is implemented for the third year under the support of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah. Read more here!

Hadeel Behind the Scenes!

Winning a Fulbright award certainly means that you are a dedicated person who works hard, here are 2 photos of Hadeel in-action:

What is Mashrabiyah?

"A mashrabiya (Arabic: مشربية‎), also either shanshūl (شنشول) or rūshān (روشان), is an architectural element which is characteristic of Arabic residences. It is a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework located on the second story of a building or higher, often lined with stained glass. The mashrabiya is an element of traditional Arabic architecture used since the Middle Ages up to the mid-20th century." (1)

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