Abeer Seikaly

Co-Director, Amman Design Week

Abeer Seikaly has worked with several well established architecture and design practices and has since refined her focus on cultural production. Abeer is co-directing Amman Design Week, an ongoing learning platform that is helping provide opportunities to a wide community with the underlying mission to foster a culture and design-thinking in Jordan. Abeer received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. While articulating architecture as social technology, Abeer Seikaly’s projects form through her multidisciplinary approaches and seek to define the spaces in which society and individuals interact. In 2013 she won the Lexus Design Award for her work “Weave a Home” which explores dwelling concepts and experience through social architecture. Today, Abeer’s ongoing research for sheltering solutions is a series of observations while applying design-thinking to identify material and functional requirements. Abeer's innovation is an exploration on "how" to achieve a shelter solution allowing an end result to naturally take form through the communities with whom she works. Abeer is a team member of RISE - Jordan Women's Everest Expedition 2018. During this series of expeditions, she will further develop her research on the co-creation of alternative shelter-building-processes and solutions with communities. She plans to test her tent design under the harsh environmental conditions on her journey to summit Mount Everest in 2018.