The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.
The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.
UNRWA is unique in terms of its long-standing commitment to one group of refugees. It has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees, defined as “persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine during the period 1 June 1946 to 15 May 1948, and who lost both home and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 conflict.” The descendants of Palestine refugee males, including legally adopted children, are also eligible for registration.
UNRWA services are available to all those living in its areas of operations who meet this definition, who are registered with the Agency and who need assistance. When the Agency began operations in 1950, it was responding to the needs of about 750,000 Palestine refugees. Today, some 5 million Palestine refugees are eligible for UNRWA services.



Abdu Allah al-Hadhrami is an architect and specialist in the conservation and reuse of historic buildings and mastering of training building crafts. He has extensive experience for the last 24 years with managerial and coordination of the international donors projects, and counterpart for different projects as project architect or as advisor. His experience include as project architect, for the Private Sectors , Government agencies, Social Fund for Development and the Cultural Heritage Protection Project (Project) Preparation Unit (as part of the World Bank Projects in Yemen) with particular reference to the area needed interventions in the three World Heritage Listed Cites, in addition to the institutional, management issues related to the preservation, in the documentation of historical buildings in another parts of Yemen, and a field research and drafting construction detailing, drawing documents and restoration of historical buildings and monuments.
He participated in numerous international workshops outside Yemen in the field of conservation and Archaeology. He is a private architect for historic site analysis and development of new use for number of buildings and restoration of those buildings and monuments in the old city of Sana’a and other part of capital Sana’a like Bir al-Azab and Bir al-Shams areas, Dar al-Hajjar Wadi Dahar, Kholan and Rawdah; Wadi Hadhramout, Zabid, Jiblah and Eden and Shibam Kawkaban.

Main projects:
Restoration of north city wall and the Birkat al-Miah – Thula, Yemen – 2012
Restoration of the mosque – Zabid, Yemen – 2012
Restoration of the mosque of Shibam Kawkaban – Shibam Kawkaban, Yemen – 2012
New building of the resident of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies Center – San’a al-Qa’a, Yemen – 2010
Restoration of Bab al-Qurtub (Centre for Family production of Handcrafts) – Zabid, Yemen – 2008
Restoration of Beit Enqad (Former British Council) – al-Bonia, Bir al-Azab, San’a Yemen – 2006
Rebuilding of the landscape of inner court of the national museum – San’a, Yemen – 2006
Restoration of the Dar al-Hajjar Palace 1728AD, Wadi Dhahar, Yemen – 2006
Restoration of 25 houses medium intervention – San’a, Yemen – 2006

Project selected for Archmarathon: THULA FORT RESTORATION


An architectural and engineering firm founded in 2002. alnasser + partners has over 50 professionals working in the domains of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, interior design, structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and infra-structure design; with projects spreading in various countries in the Middle East.
Located in Amman Jordan, alnasser + partners aim to provide superior architecture and engineering solutions derived from the physical, environmental and cultural context, seeking a sense of beauty, proportion, while conserving its functionality, and individuality.

Main projects:
Alnasser + Partners – Amman, Jordan – 2013
Amman Arab University-Amman, Jordan – 2012
Jpjets VIP Terminal- Aqaba, Jordan – 2012
Abujaber Commercial Building – Amman, Jordan – 2011
Habiba Sweets Restaurant and Showroom Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2011
Jpjets VIP terminal – Amman, Jordan – 2011
ACT Operations and Workshop Building – Aqaba, Jordan – 2011
Phase IV residence Tala Bay – Aqaba, Jordan – 2011
Crowne Plaza Renovation – Amman, Jordan – 2010
ACT Administration Building – Amman, Jordan – 2010
Alashmal Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Overseas Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Nova Furniture Showroom – Amman, Jordan – 2009
Holiday Inn – Dead Sea, Jordan – 2008
Tala Bay Middle Area – Aqaba, Jordan – 2008
Union Tobacco – Amman, Jordan – 2008
Central Laundry Tala bay- Aqaba, Jordan – 2007
Albaraka Mall- Amman, Jordan – 2007
Alquds College and Training Center – Amman, Jordan – 2007
Albader Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2006
UITC Offices Interior – Amman, Jordan – 2006
Auto Office Building – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Jordan Insurance Company – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Rubicon Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2005
Saudi Military Attache – Amman, Jordan – 2004
Italian Hospital Clinics – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Sukhtian Group Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Kalha Stores – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Galaxy Offices – Amman, Jordan – 2002

Project work in progress:
Crowne Plaza Resort – Petra, Jordan
Studio M Hotel – Riyadh, K.S.A.
Millennium Hotel North Gate – Riyadh, K.S.A.
Abdali Gateway Mixed-Use Complex – Amman, Jordan
Izzat Marji Showroom and Offices – Amman, Jordan
Alghalib Headquarter – Amman, Jordan


Project selected for Archmarathon: JP-JETS VIP TERMINAL


Sandy Attia and Matteo Scagnol partner as MoDus Architects in the year 2000 after having completed their graduate studies at Harvard University. The studio distinguishes itself by its heterogeneous approach to the field of architecture, combining the two different cultural and formative backgrounds into one platform for design ideas. Completed projects range in scale from infrastructure, to buildings, to objects within the buildings, and include public, institutional and private commissions. In recent years the practice has gone on to complete a number of critically acclaimed projects, including the Bressanone-Varna Ring road, the Pre-School, Kindergarten and Family Center in Bolzano, and the Kostner House and Studio in Castelrotto—projects all located in the South Tyrol region of Italy. Subsequent to a series of national and international accolades, several new projects with a wider geographic reach are currently underway, marking a shift in their scope of work.

Main projects:
Building the Expo – Tongji University – Shangai, Cina – 2015
Building the Expo – Expo, Fiera Rho-Pero – Milan, Italy – 2015
Renovation and extension of Manzoni School – Bressanone, Italya – 2014
School complex, elementary school and district library – Bolzano, Italy – 2014
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre – Bolzano, Italy – 2014
Camali Clinic (adolscent Child and Mental Health Clinic) – Dubai Health Care City, Dubai UAE – 2014
Expo 2015: an environment laboratory, Expo Section, Italian Pavilion, Italy – 2014
International Architecture Exhibition. The Venice Biennale – Venice, Italy – 2014
Expansion and renovation of the school building in Merano – Merano, Italy – 2014
House-Atelier Kostner (Costner House and Studio) – Castelrotto, Italy – 2013
Renovation and expansion of the Maso (Landmann Farmhouse) – Renon, Italy – 2013
Renovation and Expansion of Ora’s Primary School – Ora, Italy – 2013
House Neumair-Kofler – Caldaro, Italy – 2013
Childhood complex. Nursery, Kindergarten and Family Center, Firmian area – Bolzano, Italy – 2012
New headquarters and Damiani Holz & Ko offices extension – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Projects competition of the Alpine huts in Tyrol, Bressanone Hall Forum, International Mountain Summit – Italy – 2012
Reviewing Barth. The work of the re-read by 13 photographers, Ex-Astra – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Collectors of hot water for heating network district – Bressanone, Italy – 2012
Ring Bressanone-Varna (Ringroad / Bypass) – Bressanone, Varna, Italy – 2012
Cooperative Sirius (apartmenthouse) – Milland, Bressanone, Italy – 2012
House Hahnberg – Bressanone, Italy – 2011

Project work in progress:
Offices, requalification and expansion – Chiasso, Switzerland – 2016
Residential Complex – Arzo, Switzerland – 2016
Pedestrian underpass-exhibition gallery to the Brenner motorway, the A22, the Brenner Pass – Italy – 2016
Private House – Mellaun, Italy – 2016
Myre Cooperative – Bolzano, Italy – 2016
Renovation and Expansion of Wasserman multi-family house – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Circonvallazione Bressanone-Varna – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Redevelopment of the historic center of San Michele – San Michele, Appiano, Italy – 2016
New Bridge to St. Andrew – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Renovation and Expansion of Ex-Astra, Ex-Barilla – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Expansion and Renovation of Elementary School, multipurpose room and Nursery School – S. Andrea, Italy – 2016
Pedestrian underpass – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Expansion of Regional catering college Emma Hellensteiner – Bressanone, Italy – 2016
Energy improvement of Schoolhouse WFO – Brunico, Italy – 2016
Demolition and rebuilding of Ice Bridge Refuge – Mühlwald-Lappach, Italy – 2015
Renovation and Expansion of Multifamily House – Natz, Italy – 2015
House in the mountains – La Villa, Val Badia – Italy – 2015


Project selected for Archmarathon: RING-ROAD


AREP is a multidisciplinary organisation designing spaces for cities on the move. Founded in 1997 within SNCF (national rail operator) by Jean-Marie Duthilleul and Etienne Tricaud (both architects and engineers), AREP works on different scales going from large metropolitan areas and cities to individual buildings and street furniture.
Our team of 680 people, bringing together more than 15 nationalities, consists of architects, urban planners, designers, engineers, economists, architectural programming consultants and construction operations managers. We offer our expertise in all areas of urban planning and construction: multimodal hubs and railway stations, public amenities, offices, hotels and housing, shopping centres and technical facilities.
Both in France and abroad, we support city dwellers in their everyday life by designing spaces which meet their needs and aspirations while devoting special attention to the uses, history, geography and culture of the sites as well as the sustainable development of territories.

Main projects:
New Casa-Port railway station, Morocco – 2014
Montpellier multimodal transport hub – Montpellier, France – 2014
Aix-en-Provence bus station – Aix-en-Provence, France – 2014
Turin Porta Susa railway station – Turin, Italy – 2012
Redevelopment of the forecourt of the railway station – Luxembourg – 2012
2 new stations on the Rhin-Rhône high speed train line – Belfort and Besançon, France – 2011
Revamp of the former hospital into a residential development – Auxerre, France – 2011
Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – 2010
New Wuhan railway station – New Wuhan, China – 2009
Computing Centre of the Agricultural Bank of China – Shanghai, China – 2007
Beijing History Museum – Beijing, China – 2006
Shanghai South railway station – Shanghai, China – 2006
3 stations on the Méditerranée high-speed train line – Valence, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, France – 2001
Underground stations of the RER E line (suburban express line) – Paris, France – 1999

Project work in progress:
Juvisy-sur-Orge station – Juvisy-sur-Orge, France
Pont-de-Sèvres station – Paris, France
Rennes station – Rennes, France
Nanterre multimodal hub – Nanterre, France
Rosa Parks station – Paris, France
Versailles-Chantier multimodal hub – Versailles, France
Design of 6 stations of the metro line on the occasion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup – Doha, Qatar
Masterplan of the innovation centre for new technologies – Skolkovo, Russia
Urban studies for the design of a sustainable city – Wuhan, China
Tangier high speed train (TGV) maintenance depot – Tangier, Morocco


Project selected for Archmarathon: CASA-PORT RAILWAY STATION


Platau is a collaborative platform of architects operating in the fields of design, architecture, landscape and urbanism.
Our portfolio includes projects and research in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States, ranging in scale from installations to mixed-use buildings to strategic visions. platau uses design research, critical thinking and intensive communication to create projects that are adaptable to the needs of their users and environments, as well as their evolution over time.
We investigate architecture as a medium that allows new ways of inhabitation, encouraging the interaction between usage, context, materiality and form to shape the design logics and outcomes of each project.
We consider architecture as a part of a whole, and reflect on such connectedness by pursuing parallel tracks of inquiry; like craft and geography.
Through ongoing initiatives with municipalities, we draw on our diverse expertise, thorough analysis and proven best practices to articulate strategic visions with a holistic dimension; integrating people, economy, ecology, infrastructural and natural systems, geography and good city form.
We use planning-by-design methods that balance inspiration and empirical approach in order to deliver innovative yet feasible solutions. In each case, we aspire to reinvent how public spaces and cities are accessed, perceived and experienced and the way they integrate socially, physically and economically in their expanded territory.

Main projects:
2015-001-LOOP – 2015
2013-003- MWGROUP – Dbayeh, Lebanon – 2013
2012-003-ZGHARTA2409 – Zgharta, Lebanon – 2012

Project work in progress:
2015-002-EHDEN2050 – Ehden, Lebanon
2014-002-OUYOUN311 – Broummana, Lebanon
2013-001-FP – Wadi Abou Jmil, Lebanon
2012-005-SHAILEH – Shaileh, Lebanon


Project selected for Archmarathon: ZGHARTA HOUSE


Francesco Librizzi, born in 1977, after graduating in Architecture founded Francesco Librizzi Studio, an architectural practice based in Milano involved in architecture, interiors, exhibition design and product design. His works have been published on international magazines like Domus, Abitare, Wallpaper, and have been exhibited worldwide by institutions like the “Louvre” museum  in Paris, the “Triennale di Milano”. He has been awarded prestigious prizes such as the “Prix Émile Hermès”(2008), the Honourable Mention Compasso d’Oro (2014). Small precious projects related to interior renovations, like “Casa C”, had gained a very respectable visibility on magazines, books and web media. Among his most significative exhibition design projects can be included the Italian Pavilion at “XII Biennale di Architettura di Venezia” in 2010, the Bahrain Pavilion at “XIV Biennale di Architettura di Venezia” in 2012, the exhibition “Gino Sarfatti: il design della luce” at the Triennale di Milano in 2012. In 2013 he has been invited to design an installation dedicated to Bruno Munari, for the 6th edition of the Triennale Design Museum.

Main projects:
NOI/US Palazzo dei Musei – Reggio Emilia – 2015
MUNARI percorsi a mezz’aria – Milan – 2013
“Background” – Bahrain Pavilion, XIII Biennale di Architettura, Venezia – 2012
Gino Sarfatti, il design della luce – Triennale Design Museum, Milan – 2012
Casa MD – Milan – 2011
“AILATI” – Italian pavilion, XII Biennale di Architettura, Venice – 2010
Casa C – Milan – 2010
Iris FMG – Cersaie 2008 Bologna – 2008
Allianz theatre – Teatro della Luna, Milan – 2007
Casa M – Milan – 2007

Project work in progress:
A project which concerns the definition of new spaces for education, pastime and shared activities in Italian schools


Project selected for Archmarathon: CASA G


Groupe 3 Architectes is one of Morocco’s preeminent architecture firms providing architecture, interior, and master planning services in both the public and private sectors. It is a Rabat-based architecture firm founded in 2000 by Skander Amine, a graduate of Braunschweig Technical University in Germany, and Omar Tijani, a graduate of Ecole d’Architecture Paris-la-Villette in France.
The firm’s architectural language is in continuous evolution and is characterized by its formal clarity and minimalist identity as the design of a given building and its components are reduced into simple forms in which geometry, matter, and technology are integrated. It is constantly rethought so as to provide a unique response evocative of the urban, social, cultural, and economic contexts of the project while answering the needs of the client and the society the building would be serving.
Strong with its multidisciplinary and culturally diverse team, Groupe 3 Architectes aims to offer its clients with: a consistent commitment to excellence in both the design work it produces and the relationships it has with the community; a timeless design based on function, culture, and constructability.

Main projects:
Gare De Casaport – Casablanca, Maroc – 2014
École Chénier – Rabat, Maroc – 2014
École Molière – Casablanca, Maroc – 2014
Lycée Lyautey – Casablanca, Maroc – 2014
Siege De La Societe Munisys – Rabat, Maroc – 2013
Casablanca Marina Ilot A5 – Casablanca, Maroc – 2013
Succursale De La Caisse De Depot Et De GesTion – Casablanca, Maroc – 2012
Casanearshore – Parcelle F – Casablanca, Maroc – 2011
Immeuble Bershka Et Pull&Bear – Casablanca, Maroc – 2011
Académie Mohammed VI De Football – Salé, Maroc – 2010
Siège Social Zurich Assurances – Casablanca, Maroc – 2010
Casanearshore Parcelles D & E – Casablanca, Maroc – 2010
Centre D’Hémato-Oncologie Pédiatrique – Rabat, Maroc – 2010
Casanearshore Projet Dell Parcelle G – Casablanca, Maroc – 2009
Casanearshore Parcelles A & B – Casablanca, Maroc – 2008
Immeuble Zara – Marrakech, Maroc – 2008
Centre De Formation De Football – Khémisset, Maroc – 2008
Immeuble Massimo Dutti – Casablanca, Maroc – 2007

Project work in progress:
Cité Internationale – Dakar, Sénégal – 2013
Club Wifaq – Rabat – 2013
Club Phosphatier De Youssoufia – Youssoufia, Maroc – 2012
Ilot Cite De L’Air – Casablanca, Maroc – 2012
Aéroport Guélmim – Guélmim, Maroc – 2012
Aéroport Nador – Nador, Maroc – 2012
Marjane Californie – Casablanca, Maroc – 2012
Aménagement De La Station Touristique De Taghazout – Taghazout, Maroc – 2012
Aménagement Urbain De L’Ancien Aéroport D’Anfa – Casablanca, Maroc – 2012
Nouvelles Installations De La Dgsn – Casablanca, Maroc – 2012
Administration Centrale Bank Al Maghrib – Rabat, Maroc – 2011
Ambassade Allemagne & Pays-Bas – Rabat, Maroc – 2011


Project selected for Archmarathon: MOHAMMED VI FOOTBALL ACADEMY


STUDIOTOGGLE is a young Architectural Practice based in Kuwait. The Practice was formed in 2011 in Vienna, Austria by Architects Hend Almatrouk and Gijo Paul George, both graduates of the acclaimed University of Applied Arts, Vienna (dieAngewandte). STUDIOTOGGLE aims to combine digital form finding and engineering techniques with an ethical and sustainable architectural practice. The office specializes in finding logical design solutions using cutting edge technologies, be it in the fields of Architecture, Interior or Product Design.
Instead of developing a stylistic agenda, STUDIOTOGGLE prefers to approach the fundamental issues of Light, Proportion and Form based on their combined effect on the senses of each individual who occupies the said Space. Always striving towards achieving a purity of geometry and form, STUDIOTOGGLE is restrained in the use of functional ornamentation but does not eschew it.
Operating in Kuwait since 2012, Studio Toggle has delivered 2 completed projects and 4 more projects are under various stages of construction.

Main projects:
Edges Apartments – Salmiya, Kuwait – 2015
Pneumatic Grove, National library of Kuwait – Kuwait
Lantern House – Al Salaam, Kuwait – 2014

Project work in progress:
Project F.L.O.T, – Al Bidaa, Kuwait
Villa Matrouk – Al Yarmouk, Kuwait
6zag – Al Bidaa, Kuwait
T3rnion – Al Bidaa, Kuwait
Lumo7 – Funaitees, Kuwait
Vortex – Al Yarmouk, Kuwait
Project Mesa – Abu Fatira, Kuwait
Njw – Maidan Hawally, Kuwait


Project selected for Archmarathon: EDGES APARTMENTS


Sahel Al Hiyari Architects – SHA is an award-winning, design-driven Amman-based architectural practice, led by principal architect Sahel Al Hiyari. The firm’s work covers a wide spectrum of design related disciplines ranging from urban design, interior and furniture design, to architectural installations and exhibition design. SHA’s diverse portfolio has been published and exhibited internationally. SHA addresses the particularities, challenges and limitations of each project as instrumental aspects that are internalised within the design discourse and approach. The synergies between design, materiality and technique with the cultural context create an architecture that proposes diversity, change and place-related transformation. SHA’s work therefore regards context, with its traditions and conventions, as aspects subject to redefinition and reinvention. SHA is a design studio that aims to produce architecture of excellence regardless of scale, budget or location.

Main projects:
H.S. House – Amman, Jordan – 2015
A.S. House – Amman, Jordan – 2007
H.M. House – Amman, Jordan – 2006
Darat Al Funun, The Khaled Shoman Foundation – Amman, Jordan – 2005
F.K. Studio – Amman, Jordan – 2005
N.D. House – Amman, Jordan – 2003
Clinical Psychologist’s Workspace – Amman, Jordan – 2001
M.B. House – Jordan Valley, Jordan – 1999

Project work in progress:
N.H. House – Dahshour, Egypt – 2015
G.N. House – Amman, Jordan – 2015
M.R. House – Zai, Jordan – 2014
Avenue Foch Apartment – Paris, France – 2013
K.B. House – Amman, Jordan – 2011


Project selected for Archmarathon: H.S. HOUSE