The AA Visiting School Jeddah invites architects, artists, designers and professionals to partake in the debate of Makkah’s future.


Jawaher Al Sudairy joins AA Jeddah as a Research Partner. Jawaher is the Director for Research at Al Nahda Society, and the Senior Program Manager at Evidence for Policy Design, Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Al Sudairy was a Researcher at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Housing Policy. She also worked as a Strategy Consultant at Monitor Group, as well as held the position of Investment Promotion Manager at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Al Sudairy is a recipient of a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Planning at Columbia University in the city of New York, and a B.A. in Economics and East Asia Studies from Smith College. She also attended the Beijing Capital University in China studying Economics and Mandarin

Summer Islam (AA Dipl. Hons)  Summer graduated with honours from the Architectural Association in 2014. She served on the AA Council from 2012 to 2014, and is a Director at Studio Abroad. She currently practices in London. Summer Islam was a tutor during our workshop in 2015 and 2016.



Ahmed Mater Physician turned artist, Ahmed Mater is one of the most significant cultural voices documenting and scrutinising the realities of contemporary Saudi Arabia. Forging an ongoing, complex mapping of the Kingdom, his practice synthesises and documents collective memories to uncover and record unofficial histories. The temporal and physical breadths of his research-led inquiries are sharpened by the incisive gaze of his conceptual works. With this scope, Mater imagines and forecasts possible prognoses for a land of unprecedented religious, social, economic and political influence. Ahmed Mater was part of AA Jeddah 2015 and will be joining us for AA Jeddah 2017 for a talk and a curated walk in Makkah.

Ahmad Angawi is a multidisciplinary creative & educator of Meccan roots, and is inspired by the rich diversity of the culture of Hejaz. His works revolves around the human condition while also paying homage  to  both  culture,  heritage  and  the  environment. Angawi holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York and a Master’s degree in Traditional Arts from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Angawi is currently the Associate Director of Al Makmad Foundation, a cultural institution that aims to conserve and revive the Hejazi heritage. He is also Works with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts as Program Director of The Jameel House of Traditional Arts located in Al-Balad, the historical district of Jeddah.

Todd Reisz is an architect and writer focusing on the cities of the Gulf region, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. He is the editor of Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued, which analyzes the recent developments of cities in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, and the UAE. He is currently a lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, after having served as the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor in Urbanism at Yale’s School of Architecture for five years.

Fahad Al Saud is an architect and urban designer. Fahad graduated from Central Saint Martins, followed by a Masters degree in Urban Design from UCL. His project ‘Exodux’ won the Bartlett’s Gold Prize. Fahad currently resides in Riyadh, and joined Modecraft / Collaboration, working on museums, exhibitions and architectural presentations. Fahad is also a member of Vue a New York based art & design consultancy as part of their creative direction team. He is currently working on art projects for the Public Transit System commissioned by Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), community engagement workshops and curating art and design hubs. Aside from his professional work, Fahad curated workshops and guest critiqued in his alma maters, and other notable universities in London, Riyadh and Jeddah.