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Mohamad N

- Research Program Mentor

MArch Master of Architecture candidate


Architectural design, theory and methodologies; Design politics and representation; Informality and the built environment

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

(1) What is a house?

A family’s home, a collection of rooms, a repository of memories, a comfortable environment, an assembly of walls and slabs, a roof, a developer’s scheme, a part of the city, a series of details, a carbon footprint, an investment, a place of encounters, a luxury, a need, or a desire? In this project, we will design a house by seeking to answer this question. How many houses are embedded into one? Whose house is it? Where is it? How does it age? What is the role of design in negotiating its present and predicting its future?

(2) Responsibility and architectural representation.

In this project, we will use architectural tools (plans, sections, elevations, maps, etc.) to represent various parts of the built environment, be it a lamppost, a house, a street, a neighborhood or an entire city. In doing so, we will ask: What stories are we telling? Should we be telling them? Whose stories matter? Who decides? What is the power embedded in architects’ representations of the world? How do these representations shape design?

(3) If (1) and (2) are separate rooms, (3) is the corridor.

This is an in-between space, an environment where anything related to design can happen.

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