Sumaya Vally is the founder and director of Counterspace – an award-winning design, research and pedagogical practice that seeks to articulate hybrid identities and territories, particularly for African and Muslim settings. A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and TIME100 Next List winner, Vally has been identified as someone who will shape the future of architectural practice and law. She serves on several boards, including the World Monuments Fund, through her interest in dynamic forms of archives, embodied heritage, and supporting new knowledge networks in the arts. Vally designed the 20th Serpentine Pavilion in London, making her the youngest architect to receive the commission, and which opened to critical acclaim as one of the most radical pavilion designs ever created on a commission. She was the artistic director of the inaugural Islamic Arts Biennale in Jeddah. Valle has received numerous institutional awards and honors for her contributions to the field, including an honorary professorship from UCLA, and a gold medal from the Royal architectural Institute of Canada.
Where memory is the house of culture and knowledge; where the original council, separated by a cultural sidewalk that connects Muharraq with the intellectuals and writers of the world. The house itself, located at the heart of the city, opens its doors to cultural production in the fields of thought, literature, politics, philosophy, culture and art.Read More