Amman- 24 November 2019

Five students from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment (SABE) at the German Jordanian University (GJU); Tala Alhaj and Zaid Abu Kaoud, under the supervision of Dr. Farouq Yaghmour, Sama Gaith and Taleen Samawi, under the supervision of Engineer Thaer Qubaa, in addition to Aqel Abueladas under the supervision of Engineer Mohammed Khalid, were nominated to the final stage to win the Jordanian Engineers Association (JEA) Prize for the architectural graduation projects 2019.

Student Aqel Abueladas won Third Place for his project (Retracing Pella, Archaeological Research & Awareness Center); he created a solution to protect Pella (located in the northern part of Jordan Valley) from vandalism and destruction as it awaits UNESCO World Heritage recognition. The project outlines an architectural intervention centered on an Archaeological & Awareness Center that serves archaeologists and allows the local community and site visitors to learn more about the region’s history.

On another hand, student Taleen Samawi received an Appreciation Award for her project (Women's Prison); the project is based on creating a system of interaction to obtain positive effects on the rehabilitation of women prisoners along with their children, besides the way the society views prison as an institution.

It is worth mentioning that the students who nominated for the final stage presented the following projects (Discovering the Lost Focus in Rainbow Street) by Sama Gaith, (Redefining Spaces at Alabdali) by Tala Alhaj, and (Almidan Tower) Zaid Abu Kaoud.

The closing ceremony was held Haya Cultural Center, and it included a lecture by Dr. Ibtesam Fareed from Egypt and a seminar led by the Head of the Award Committee Engineer Shadi Abdul Salam.

Congratulations, SABE's students and supervisors! Once again, you make us at GJU very proud!