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 On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2013.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.