Ms. Hana Alamuddin, graduated from Greenwich University in the UK with a full professional degree, R.I.B.A 3, (with distinction) in 1985. She then went on to do her Master of Science in Architectural Studies (SMarchs) in Designing for Islamic Societies at the Aga Khan Program, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T, U.S.A) 1987.
Ms Alamuddin started her practice in Lebanon in 1999. The practice, Almimariya, Architects and Designers for Sustainable Development, works on architectural, urban design and landscape projects within the perimeters of sustainable development and energy efficient construction. She has projects built in Lebanon, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. As a member of the executive committee of the Association Pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures. Liban (APSAD) from 1999 to 2008, she worked on several heritage preservation projects in Lebanon and published several articles on the built environment.
Ms. Alamuddin is also a senior lecturer at American University of Beirut and a board member of the Lebanon Green Building Council. Ms. Alamuddin served as a technical reviewer for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for three consecutive cycles. (998, 2001, 2004).
In 2014 she qualified as a LEED Accredited Professional in Neighborhood Design and her children's book "Qusat wa Hykayat wa Beit" a story about the peasant house of the region its building and way of life, was published in that same year.
Phase 1: Urban Design Concept To celebrate our context, the city of Jeddah, through an urban vision appropriate to its culture, history and environment, worthy of its inhabitants and visitors. Our vision is to develop the area as a leading global example of sustainable development related in its context and offering job opportunities. A public spine of courts and gardens defined by, cultural, educational, commercial, and leisure complexes would play an active role in the life of the city offering a rich variety of activities, gatherings and environmentally appropriate open spaces. The culminating point in this procession of gatherings and activities is the Organization of Islamic Countries, which brings together the whole of the Moslem world to celebrate its prevailing unity and rich diversity. Out of 83 entries, one of ten project short listed for phase 2.
Phase 2: Building Concept The building is a simple cube, a powerful symbol of unity and stability. Within this simple form is a complex inner composition that reflects diversity and richness, held together by a clear structural order. Within this order is the series of inner courtyards and hanging gardens that continue the principal, proposed city axis of gardens and courtyards. The reflective pool reflects this axis vertically both through the physical reflection of the water and the reflection of prayer in the prayer garden.
Landscape Concept “The Islamic garden is first of all a life sustaining oasis benefiting humans, birds and animals….Its trees provide food and useful and beneficial as it is beautiful" Llewellyn O. The site therefore is an oasis, a date palm grove. A grove of palms of local appropriate species of trees, making the landscape of the OIC a sustainable working garden of an ecologically natural habitat."