Curious to know what the future of housing will look like? Keep reading because we’ve got great news: Hend Almatrouk will speak at
As the lead architect of the A+Award-winning
In recognition of her achievements, she was named the Young Architect of the Year in 2017 by the prestigious Middle East Architecture magazine for the “undeniable strides she made in a short period of time, with projects that continue to positively contribute to the growing urban fabric of the Gulf Cooperation Council”. Before her firm’s founding, Hend graduated from the American University of Sharjah in Kuwait with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2008. She then received a Master’s in Urban Strategies from the Universität Für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, graduating with distinction in 2011.
Established in 2012, Studio Toggle focuses on logical design and problem-solving techniques in architecture and urban design. Studio Toggle’s expertise includes public, commercial, residential and hospitality architecture and interior design, with an emphasis on simplistic, balanced and functional design. The firm is now 12-people strong with offices in Kuwait City and Porto. In 2022, Studio Toggle was chosen as the
During her presentation, Hend will explore how architectural innovations are addressing housing problems in the Middle East and how those lessons can be applied elsewhere in the world. What are culturally relevant solutions to affordable housing? How do we adapt architecture to make housing more climate resilient? How can we draw from traditional Middle Eastern architecture to design sustainable housing for the future? How can architects outside of the Middle East learn from these solutions? Hend will seek to answer these questions and many more, drawing from some of her firm’s award-winning projects of the past few years.
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