Mohamad Hamouie

Professor of Practice
Director of the Institute of Islamic Art & Architecture

B.Arch. Architecture, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Mohamad Hamouie graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1983 and started his private practice in Saudi Arabia in 1993. His first built project was a central mosque in Albania, completed in 1995, which was shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2001. His comprehensive knowledge of history and awareness of local context produced award winning designs in the Gulf, like the City Centre of Salalah in Oman, and a craft community in Yazd, Iran and a commercial complex in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Before fully embarking on his professional career, Hamouie taught at the American University of Beirut from 1983 to 1987. He collaborated with Friedrich Ragette on a course in Lebanese Architecture, and with Jad Tabet on Islamic Cities. He also taught design studios with Jay Randle and Antoine Romanos, and a course on perception with Martin Giesen. Hamouie went on to lead the architecture department at Saudi Diyar Consultants, and later entered into a partnership with Professor Abdel Wahed El-Wakil in a competition for the development of Shamiyah, part of the Historical Centre of Makka. He also worked in collaboration with urban planners DPZ on the design and construction of Bawabat Makka, a new town in Saudi Arabia. Hamouie was awarded first prize for a number of architectural competitions such as a hotel in Madinah, a religious complex including the largest Grand Mosque in Riyadh, and the Governor’s complex in the Eastern Provence of Saudi Arabia. Working in collaboration with master craftsmen from the Islamic World, Hamouie took on several private commissions, focusing mainly on residential and religious projects, realizing more than 250 projects. He has recently been selected by HRH Sultan bin Salman, the Head of Heritage and Tourism in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for a public commission. Mohamad Hamouie is a member of the Lebanese Syndicate of Architects and Engineers as well as a former member on the board of the Saudi Engineering Council. He is a founding partner of Jozour, an overseas workshop that was founded to revive traditional crafts in the Middle East and North Africa. He joins LAU now as a Professor of Practice and Director of the Institute of Islamic Art & Architecture.