Architect and anthropologist Salima Naji works with
traditional construction processes, adapting them for contemporary needs.he varied vernacular traditions of Morocco-clay,
stone, wood, palm fronds and other fibers-can be re-purposed in a contemporary
mode of construction that is sustainable, preserves local knowledge, and elevates
the role of the traditional artisan.
She received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des
Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and her degree in Architecture
from l’École d’architecture de Paris-La-Villette.
Salima Naji has also authored several books on vernacular
architecture and the rescue of built heritage in southern Morocco, most recently most recently, Ksar d'Assa. Suvegarde d'un port du Maroc saharien (2013), documenting efforts to preserve and restore the Qsar in southern Morocco. Other works include Art et architectures berbères (2001), and Greniers collectifs de l’Atlas (2006).
Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2013.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.