Heba M. El-Sawy

The American University in Cairo

Received Sylff fellowship in 2017, 2018.
Academic supervisor: Dr. Hanan Sabea
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:
4.0 GPA, Mellon Grant Fellow for HussLab's Global South Exchange, September 2017 I accepted the award at the UIA Congress in Seoul Korea for my undergraduate graduation project Anthro-Architecture: The Mountains of Mansheyat Nasser” which won First Prize for the UNESCO-UIA & MIDO Student Design Prize for Responsible Architecture.
Current affiliation: Megawra Built Environment Collective;

I am an architect and an anthropologist, or what I like to call anthro-tect, as I am interested and intrigued by the multiple and fluid intersections between anthropology and architecture. I am doing my masters in Anthropology at AUC, and I am also currently working as an architect and anthropologist in Megawra Built Environment Collective, which is both an architecture firm and an NGO based in Historic Cairo. My thesis in my MA focuses on exploring the temporal and spatial relationship of the people and place of al-Hattaba. Al-Hattaba is a neighborhood located in Historic Cairo, and it is attached to the citadel wall and its history dates back to 800 years, and it exists today and houses the Al-Hattaba residents. Al-Hattaba’s history is one that is intrinsically tied to the history of Cairo, and as evidenced in its architecture and urban fabric, archival records, and the oral histories of the residents, many of which have been dwelling here for generations. Thus, my thesis focuses on understanding how is time spatially manifested in the historic city of al-Hattaba? A neighborhood that has a unique relationship with time, as signified in its long history and multi-layerd durations of its people, places, and landscapes.

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