Monday, June 12, 2006

Site: Hassan Fathy

A selective biography
  • 1900 Born in Alexandria to an Upper Egyptian father and Turkish mother
  • 1926 Graduated from Cairo University, where he started studying agriculture but switched to architecture
  • 1928 Talkha Primary School, first recorded project Fathi completed after graduation; neo-classical style with engaged columns, pediments and acrotyrion executed in precise detail
  • 1938 Hayat Villa, for famous artist Hayat Mohamed
  • 1940-41 Rural Hospitals, built using the Nubian construction techniques Fathy discovered in Upper Egypt
  • 1946 New Gourna, Luxor, Commissioned by the Egyptian Department of Antiquities to solve the problem of tomb-robbing in the Valley of the Kings, Queens and Nobles nearby
  • 1950 Mosque, Punjab, India
  • 1957 Harraniya weaving village, Imbaba
  • 1957 Arab Refugee Housing, design for a prototype of temporary housing for Palestinian refugees
  • 1967 New Bariz Village, Kharga, Fathy's best known community project
  • 1971 Nasser Mausoleum
  • 1973 Chicago Press publishes Architecture for the Poor (variation from French Architecture with the People), which catapulted Fathy's work to international fame
  • 1980 Dar Al-Islam Village, Abiquiu, New Mexico
  • 1980 Received Aga Khan Award for Architecture
  • 1984 Received Medal of the Union of International Architects
  • 1984 Received first-ever honourary Doctorate awarded by AUC
  • 1989 Died

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