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Shahira H. Fahmy

Shahira Fahmy is the founder of Shahira Fahmy Architects – Cairo and is a Berkman fellow and a 2015-2016 Hutchins Fellow with the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research.  She will develop a project called ‘Subcontracting Architecture’ to examine architecture as both an agent and a sensor; a threat to citizens' rights, transparency, and democracy in a society; and an evidence to call upon for legal and political implications of state violence.

Shahira Fahmy Architects has gained international recognition and presence after winning several awards and competitions in London, Chicago, Switzerland, Istanbul and Dubai. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, such as the New York Times T Magazine, The Architects' Journal, The Architectural Review and the Financial Times, to mention a few. Fahmy was recently hailed by Phaidon as one of the "architects building the Arab future".

Shahira Fahmy’s work spans the fields of architecture, urbanism, product design, and art. Fahmy has participated in a number of exhibitions and collaborations: the completion of the Delfina Foundation headquarter in London, with Studio Octopi, 2014; and the exhibition 'Home in the Arab World' with photographer Bas Princen.

Alongside her practice, Fahmy currently holds a visiting professor post at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She has been a guest critic, panelist and speaker at Harvard GSD, Yale, MIT, Cooper Union, City College of New York, and RIBA. She was also a project reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013 cycle.

Last updated

September 1, 2016