Daw'an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation
مؤسسة دوعن للعمارة الطينية


Daw‘an Architecture Foundation is a private independent organisation, financially autonomous and accountable, registered at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, Hadramut Branch. Our head office is in Mukalla, Hadramut Governorate in Yemen.

Members & Committee

  • Abdullah Ahmad Said Bugshan, Engineer (KSA)

Acting & Founding Members
  • Salma Samar Damluji, Architect & Consultant (London, Beirut & Yemen)
  • Abdullah BaGhumyan, Survey & Environmental Engineer, (Mukalla-Hadramut)
  • Ali BaSaad, Architect, Project Manager & Director (Mukalla-Hadramut)
  • Abdul Rahman BaBaqi, Site Architect (Mukalla-Hadramut)

Board Members
  • Benno Albrecht, Architect (Iuav), Rector of the Università Iuav di Venezia Iuav, Venice (Italy)
  • Viola Bertini, Architect (Politecnico di Milano), PhD (Iuav), Research Fellow, Iuav Venice (Italy)
  • Salman Salem Binladen, BA (Tufts), MA (UCL), Jeddah (KSA)
  • Marie-Hélène Contal, Architect, MA Sciences Pô (Paris), Director Dpt Développement Culturel, Cité de l’Architecture & du Patrimoine, Paris (France)
  • Abdulrahman F. al-Eryani, BS Agriculture (AUB), MS in Animal Sciences (CSU), former Minister of Water & Environment, Yemen (2006-2011), Helsinki (Finland)
  • Jacopo Galli, Architect (Iuav), PhD (Iuav), Research Fellow, Iuav Venice (Italy)
  • Sultan al-Harthi, B.Arch (U. Arizona), M.Arch (U. Arizona), Architect and former Mayor Muscat Municipality, Muscat (Oman)
  • Mira Kfoury, Architect, D.E.S. (ALBA), MA (UCL), Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Karim Lahham, MA (RCA), BA (Oxon), MA (Oxon), PhD (Cantab), Barrister-at Law at Inner Temple, London. Oxford (UK)
  • Mazen Ibrahim al-Masawa, Engineer, BSc (University of Aden), MSc (St. Clements University), Shibam, Hadramut (Yemen)
  • Graham Modlen, Architect, BA Arch (KUL), Dipl. (AA), London (UK)
  • Muhammad Salem Musaybah, Architect, BA Arch (HU), MA (SUST), Director al-Ranad Institute, Tarim, Hadramut (Yemen)
  • Peter Murray, OBE, FRIBA, BA (RWA), Dipl. (AA), Curator-in-Chief of New London Architecture, Mayor's Design Advocate and Chairman of the London Society, London (UK)
  • Venetia Porter, Art Historian, BA (Oxon), MPhil (Oxon), PhD (UOD), Curator of Islamic and Contemporary Middle East Art, British Museum, London (UK)
  • Deborah Stolk, Anthropologist, MA (LEI), MA (UvA), Director Helicon Conservation Support, BV (Netherlands)
  • Rob Wilson, Architect and Editor, BA (UC), MA (RCA), The Architects’ Journal, London (UK)

Friends of the Foundation include members of cultural institutions, academics, professionals, and colleagues from the region and abroad who are consulted on projects, technical assistance, and international activities.

Our technical advisors in Yemen are the master builders and craftsmen, who collaborate with us throughout the process, from the early project preparatory stages to the implementation and execution. They are contracted and their teams appointed on all the Foundation projects. The offices of the Governor of Hadramut and communities of the designated locales are actively engaged in the decision making, monitoring and post reconstruction processes, and post maintenance phases. Training Programmes are held with volunteers and young architects and students, during in situ activities. External consultants and specialists are invited to advise on our projects, and on site visits.

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