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RIBA Gulf live lunch talks

The RIBA Gulf live lunch talks series was launched in 2021 as a way to share and expand knowledge on projects from across the Gulf and promote interactive conversation with leading architects over a lunch break.

18 May 2021

The RIBA Gulf live lunch talks are a series of digital events that highlight voices from across the Gulf, where presenters are given the chance to delve deeper into their projects. The aim of this series is to highlight various views from across the Gulf while hosting a live open Q&A session with the audience.

Past events have been attended by around one hundred participants, with delegates tuning in locally from the Gulf, and globally from countries such as the UK, China, India and Nigeria. Our special guest speakers showcase a variety of architectural knowledge that can benefit practices not just in the Gulf, but around the world.

Check out the playlist of our recent RIBA Gulf live lunch talks recordings here.

Previous talks

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 1: Dr Georges Kachaamy on the case for Gravity Defiant Architecture

For the first talk of the series, Dr Kachaamy discussed the innovative research topic of futuristic architecture that utilises available advanced technologies in order to completely liberate itself from the ground and float in the air.

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 2: Mouaz Abouzaid on Urban greenway for Dubai x space

The second talk in the series was a lecture by Mouaz Abouaid, the founder and design principal of Dubai's Verform design studio, who discussed this urban regeneration project and one kilometre greenway of new public spaces and green areas to give urban space back to the people of Dubai.

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 3: Tala Alnounou on Creative marketing for architects

For the third talk in this series, Tala Alnounou, the Head of Marketing for MENA region at LWK + PARTNERS, discussed creative marketing for architects and the art of storytelling.

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 4: Peter Jackson, FRIBA

For the fourth talk in the series, the session consisted of an interview with Peter Jackson on his career to celebrate his appointment as a 2021 RIBA Fellow for his contributions to architecture and the community, as he celebrates 50 years at the RIBA. This is followed by a presentation on recent Sharjah Architecture in the United Arab Emirates.

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 5: Rasem Badran, RIBA

For the fifth talk in the series, the session hosted Rasem Badran RIBA, an Aga Khan Award winner and Tamayouz Lifetime Achievement Award winner, as he shared his insights on the topic of humanised urbanism.

RIBA Gulf live lunch talk 6: Maryam Al-Irhayim

RIBA held its sixth and final instalment of the RIBA Gulf live lunch talk sessions with the current Vice President for Students and Associates at the RIBA National Council, Maryam Al-Irhayim on her insights on the topic of navigating the pandemic as a student.

Digital imagery from Dr Georges Kachaamy's talk on the case for Gravity Defiant Architecture

Upcoming talks

Stay tuned for the next event in our live lunch talks series.

For more information about upcoming events and Gulf news, visit our RIBA Gulf homepage.

Aerial view of the urban greenway for Dubai X-Space, featured in the talk by Mouaz Abouzaid

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