Architecture Graduate Maria Tarchichy Selected to Participate in the Archiprix International Competition

Old City Postwar, the damage caused by the war.
Located in the Old city of Aleppo, the project is a Library, that addresses contemporary approaches to Islamic architectural heritage, historic fabric, and postwar reconstruction.
Inside the Old City, distribution of the functions in respect with the Great Umayyad Mosque.
The Four Points of Intervention, a technique developed to homogeneously implement the project in its context.
Five Stages of Grief, a psychological model followed to overcome the atrocities of the war.
Broken Rhythms, the interruption of the souks and the light rhythm mark the project inside the souk.
Light Stages, e.g. the Depression stage that requires minimum lighting is associated with the Blind Hall.
A vertical Library, designing the General Library within a constricted width.

Archiprix International, an initiative of the Archiprix Foundation in The Netherlands, is a biennial competition involving schools of architecture around the world. Each year, participating schools submit their best graduating project to this competition, which are featured on their website, exhibitions and films. It  forms the largest presentation of graduation work and offers insight into current trends in design education globally.
The School of Architecture and Design at LAU is participating this year with a project by Maria Tarchichy for a Public Library in Aleppo, Syria.

Tarchichy’s project can be viewed on

All projects can be viewed on