Arno Heinz, an Austrian, studied architecture in Vienna and is now based in Paris and a member of the French Order of Architects. He has designed a palace for a member of the royal family of Saudi Arabia (1973), the J. Verdun Theater in Vincennes, France, and fifty-five dwellings in Rue Mouffetard and a creche in Paris (1975--1978). He is responsible for the restoration and transformation in Algiers of the Mahieddine Villas into a cultural center and office for the Historical Monuments Service (1976). In 1977 he carried out a study in Syria aimed at listing the historical sites and monuments for the World Cultural Patrimony. Between 1977 and 1981 he was responsible for the restoration of the historical quarter of Suleimaniye and Zeyrek in Istanbul. Between 1981 and 1983 he planned 600 dwellings in Innsbruck, Austria, and a project for 200 dwellings still to be completed.
(Source: Architecture in continuity: building in the Islamic world today: the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. New York: Aperture: Distributed in the U.S. by Viking Penguin, c1985.)
Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983.
The reconstruction of this residential and commercial sector in the former Jewish quarter of Tunis called for the insertion of new low-income dwellings, combined with offices, shops and a suq, into a surrounding area bordered to the north and east by traditional courtyard houses on narrow winding streets, and to the west and south by modern constructions including three four-storey apartment buildings, a market, and two schools with playing fields. The planners have succeeded in maintaining a harmonious relationship with the scale and construction of the old neighbourhood as well as the nearby modern structures. The project failed, however, as low-income housing. Local political forces made the housing available to shopkeepers, artisans, white collar workers, executives and professionals to the complete exclusion of the local poor. The jury found the project to be "a noteworthy attempt to deal with the problem of urban public housing in a sensitive and humane fashion." They pointed out, however, that it was flawed "physically in its detailing and execution, and socio-economically in its inability to cater for the needs of the lower-income residents of the medina."