Founder and Principal, Shahira Fahmy Architects
Shahira Fahmy is an architect, urbanist, and creative researcher. She is a three-time recipient of Harvard’s post-doc fellowships for her ground-breaking and award-winning architectural work: a LOEB fellow at the Graduate School of Design GSD, a Hutchins Fellow at W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences FAS, and a Berkman Klein fellow at Harvard’s Law School.
She has taught at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation GSAPP 2014. Fahmy has built projects in the Middle East, London and Europe, and has been hailed by Phaidon as one of the “Architects building the Arab Future”.
Her projects include: The Delfina Foundation, London, 2014 – in collaboration with Studio Octopi; Winner of the Master Plan of ‘Andermatt Swiss Alps’ Ski Resort competition phase II & III, 2012; The Wooster Group Theater Restoration Scheme, New York, 2016; and the ‘Mask Architects Project’ for the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP, and the Climate Change Conference COP22, 2016.
In 2021, Fahmy serves as a UNESCO Jury member for the International Design Competition of Al-Nouri Mosque Complex in Mosul, Iraq; and also serves as a Jury member for the Prix Pictet, the Global Award in Photography and Sustainability, on its forth coming ninth cycle.
The practice was established in Cairo in 2005. Since then, the practice has developed an international presence, recently winning competitions in Switzerland and London, and garnering attention from the New York Times and the Financial Times.sfahmy.com