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).
Architect’s Record of Preservation of Sacred and Collective Oasis Sites. Salima Naji (submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture), 2013.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the architects of projects engaged in the nomination process receive an Award documentation package which describes the standardised presentation requirements. In addition to submitting photographs, slides, and architectural drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed Architect's Record pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context.