Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil graduated from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, where, from 1965 to 1970, he lectured in the Department of Architecture. El-Wakil has acknowledged the importance of Hassan Fathy to his design development. Since 1971 El-Wakil has been in private practice as an architect. (Source: Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Millerton, NY: Aperture. 1983.)
Sugish, Haroon. 1999. Traditional Architecture Finds a Royal Patron, Part II. In Alam al-Bina. Abdelbaki Mohamed Ibrahim (ed). Cairo: Center for Planning and Architectural Studies, 6-9/214.
This article was first published in the Arts Magazine.
As the locus of the life system eminating from the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Sunna, architecture is inevitably either the engine of Islamic tradition, propelling the collective social and cultural legacy of Islam down through the ages, or its nemesis, decimating it. (From the preface to Part I in issue 213.)