Tunisian architect and urban planner and the former
director of the Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina de Tunis, Sémia Akrout-Yaïche passed away on Wednesday 27 April 2015. She received the Aga Khan
Award for Architecture twice, in 1995 for Hafsia Quarter II and in 2010 for the
Rehabilitation of the Hypercentre of Tunis. Prior to her time at the Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina de Tunis, Sémia Akrout-Yaïch was the director of the Fondation du Patrimoine et des
Villes Historiques Arabes à Tunis.
Akrout-Yaiche, Semia. 2004. New Life for the Medina of Tunis. In Iran: Architecture for Changing Societies. Philip Jodidio (ed). Torino: Umberto Allemandi & C.
This publication is a result of an International Seminar held in Tehran and Yazd, Iran, between 11-17 October 2002, sponsored by the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. "The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture had been considering for some time the organisation of a meeting in Iran that would provide the opportunity of engaging in meaningful dialogue between national architects, teachers, and students in the fields of historic preservation and contemporary design, and their counterparts from other countries." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)
"The meetings in Iran marked the first time that an Award seminar has been split into two different but complementary subjects: historic preservation and contemporary architecture and planning. This dual structure closely reflects the realities that most Muslim societies face today. On one hand, there is an urgent need to protect and revitalise historic urban heritage and the contexts in which it is located; on the other, there is a massive need for new construction, including housing, industrial and corporate structures, public facilities, and planning and infrastructure initiatives." (Luis Monreal, from the preface)