Ahmad Angawi

"Street Pulse is an ongoing interactive piece that will evolve with the contribution of different people, whose voices will be recorded from different locations in the Arab world - each area or city will have its own sound, its own voice. The microphones offer an opportunity to speak and express oneself. The aim? 'Evolution, not revolution' (HRH Prince Turki Al-Faisal). The project acts as an electrocardiogram machine, which instead of measuring the vitals of the body, would measure the pulse of the street, to be silent is to flatline.."

Ahmad Angawi, being of Meccan roots, is inspired by the colourful diversity of the culture of Hejaz. His works revolve around the human condition while also paying homage to both culture and the environment. His approach is inspired mainly by Islamic principles rather than the Islamic aesthetic. Influenced by his Father, Architect Dr. Sami Angawi, he has adopted the concept of “Al Mizan in design”, which is the belief in the fundamental principle of balance, as a state of mind, as well as the belief in its application in the field of design.

Ahmad travels extensively throughout the Middle East, visiting historic cities such as Cairo, Marrakech, Fas, Damascus and Tunis where he intermingles with traditional artisans and craftsmen in an attempt to research their time-honored roles and their relationship to today’s mass-market productions. He strongly believes that industrial designers are the craftsmen of today.

Ahmad earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently the Associate Director of AMAR center for Architecture and Design Studies and works as a consultant at GMSV (Geometric modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center) at KAUST where he is working on Traditional Innovative Products.


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