about

arab architect, artist, and global citizen interested in cities and their harmony between all human values.

born 1991 kuwait city | kuwait

e: alnashmij@gmail.com

[ education ]

royal college of art [RCA] X british council creative entrepreneurship programme | 2021

mubader initiative – national incubator – kuwait national fund, business management seminar series for crafts & industry | 2021

MAS ETH UD masters of advanced studies in urban design, ETH Zürich | 2018-2019

5 year professional BArch, iowa state university, cum laude | 2008-2013

exhibiting architecture [curating workshop] architectural association visiting school, zurich | 2019

visiting school programme, architectural association, london | 2012

auroville earth institute, india | 2011

university college school, camden, london | 2005-2008

kuwait english school, salwa, kuwait | 1994-2005

[ work ]

manmade.studio | owner & furniture designer | 2020 – present

perkins+will | intern urban designer | 2018

bab.nimnim design studio | architect & furniture designer | 2018

pace, hawally, kuwait | junior architect | 2015-2018

contemporary art platform | assistant curator | 2015

freelancing | interior designer | 2014-2015

neumann monson architects, ames, ia, usa | intern architect | 2013-2014

bab.nimnim design studio | intern architect | 2011

[ awards and participations ]

dezeen awards longlist – [installation category] aug 2021 [1]

shield kuwait, COVID-19 face shields during the pandemic [product designer] jun 2020 [1]

ministry of youth awards ceremony with the crown prince [kuwait representative for the arab council] april 2017

jameel prize nominee, art jameel and V&A museum  award for islam-inspired art [shortlisted artist] nominated by sheikha altaf alsabah, march 2017

needlab_kuwait matters, architecture workshop [host organizer] january 2017

sadi by sadu house, sadu-inspired design competition [honorable mention] awarded by sheikha altaf alsabah, bibi alsabah and general secretariat of the national council for culture arts and letters ali alyouha, january 2017

art jameel photography award [2nd winner] selected by ahmed mater, november 2016

CSI competition, BArch and MArch student competition [1st place]  2012

design emphasis ’12, USA nation-wide student furniture-making competition [finalist] 2012

iowa state university dean’s list | 2010-2013

auroville earth institute CSEB course certificate | 2012

AA spring semester programme certificate | 2012

kansas city community center, honorable mention | 2010

chicago dwelling project, honorable mention | 2010

contributions to ISU art exhibitions | 2009-2011

kuwait cultural council certificates of academic achievement | 2008-2013

kuwait ministry of higher education merit scholarship | 2008-2013

[ projects ]

desert cast @ expo2020 dubai, [artist] ’21

mahboula bus stop, kuwait [furniture designer] ’21

sofra muqarnas @ sofra restaurant, kuwait [furniture designer] ’21

desert cast sculpture exhibition, sharjah UAE [artist] ’20

the last catch sculpture @ the scientific center kuwait [artist] ’20

confluence memorial installation @ alshaheed park, kuwait [artist] ’20

manmade studio furniture accessories – spring collection [designer] ’20

schindler urban design competition, mumbai [urban designer] ’19

marseille “port of entry”, masterplan concept + guidelines, eth zurich [urban designer] ’18

beirut “re-think housing” concept design, eth zurich [urban designer] ’18

4KMP, 4th kuwait masterplan with perkins + will [intern urban designer] ’18

wafra bahrain bay towers by wiel arets, design development – tender documentation [assistant project manager] ’17

360 phase 2 (kuwait international tennis complex) design development – tender drawings [architect] ’16

private villa by NADAAA, design development – tender drawings, kuwait [project manager] ’16

KNPC campus concept design, kuwait [designer] ’15

king faisal corniche concept design, bahrain [designer] ’15

3 schools complex concept design – tender drawings, kuwait [junior architect] ’15

universal medical centre lobby renovation design & execution, kuwait [designer] ’14

container mall, mixed-use development concept design @ neumann monson architects, Iowa USA [intern architect] ’14

350 E locust st, mixed-use development concept design @ neumann monson architects, Iowa USA [intern architect] ’13-’14

office renovation supervision @ neumann monson architects, Iowa USA [intern architect] ’13

[ exhibitions / performances ]

renegotiating identity – lecture at city college new york unit 24 – the instrumentality of architecture co-tutored by mitchell squire and jerome [speaker] apr ’21

desert cast @ albadayer retreat, outdoor sculpture display in ampitheatre [artist] dec ’20

desert cast – towards an identity, 3D AR virtual exhibition [artist] dec ’20 [1]

confluence – martyrs memorial installation @ shaheed park [artist] aug ’20

the last catch – public art installation @ the scientific center kuwait [artist] jul ’20

desert cast – towards an identity, art exhibition at 1971 design space, sharjah [artist] nov ’20 – apr ’21 [1]

unexpected trove – the unseen works of hussein madi, art beirut, beirut [space planner] sep ’19

8 questions sur des sujets urbains, ETH post-masters studio in urban design showing 8 projects that solve urban problems of the city at bureau des guides, marseille [MAS urban design student in a project Andrea Gonzalez and Beatrice Meloni] may ’19

desert cast @ the chair, design exhibit for contemporary chair designs at the future perfect gallery, new york [artist/designer] apr ’19

looking at al sawaber, art exhibition raising awareness on alsawaber’s demolition at CAP, kuwait [artist] mar ’19

desert cast @ art jameel sculpture park with kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas, art jameel centre, dubai [artist/designer] mar ’19

desert cast @ re-use, environmental awareness exhibition with kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas, scientific centre, kuwait [exhibitor] jan ’19

desert cast @ dubai design week, design and execution of contents of Kuwait city pavilion with kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas, dubai design district, dubai [artist/designer] nov ’18

cruzando horizontes, exhibition of art book collaborations between kuwaiti and brazilian artists, centro cultural erico verissimo, porto alegre [artist] nov ’18

get out and push, film screening of films by the WYL? collective, focal point gallery, south-end on sea, london [artist] jul ’18

venice design, furniture design exhibition at palazzo michiel, venice [furniture designer] may – nov ’18 [ 1|2|3|4|5|6 ]

abwab, furniture design exhibition at dubai design week [furniture designer] nov ’17

arcwalk [one.oh], architectural photography exhibition at artspace gallery, kuwait [photographer] may ’17

select – the maker issue, book launch and exhibition at salhiya mall, kuwait [artist/designer] may ’17

select – the maker issue, book launch and exhibition at contemporary art platform, kuwait [artist/designer] may ’17

artists for K’S PATH, group charity art exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [artist/designer] apr ’17

harmony in the city, group art exhibition at masaha 13 art gallery, kuwait [curator and artist] artworks now in the collection of sheikh jaber alsabah, feb ’17

pavilion at the park, needlab pavilion opening ceremony at shaheed park, kuwait [speaker] jan ’17

sadi, sadu inspired design exhibition at sadu house, kuwait [product designer] jan ’17

selected works from the maraya art centre collection, permanent collection exhibition at maraya art centre, sharjah, UAE [designer] oct ’16

tajleyat photografia fi almubarkiya, group exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [fine art photographer] jun ’16

what’s your location?, group exhibition at CAP, kuwait [curator & fine art photographer] may ’16

new perspectives, exhibition at dar alfunoon, kuwait [furniture designer] may ’16

artists for K’S PATH, art exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [fine art photographer] apr ’16

youraok benchmark forum 2016, al shaheed park, kuwait [artist and designer] feb ’16

spray sound, live art and live music event at chili pepper, kuwait [curator] nov ’15

islamopolitan, design exhibition at CAP, kuwait [furniture designer] installation currently owned by maraya art centre in sharjah, UAE. nov ’15

what’s your location? group exhibition at centro cultural erico verissimo, porto alegre, brazil [fine art photographer] aug ’15

word of mouth, poetry reading at masaha 13, kuwait [poet] may ’15

tefaseel, exhibition in al hamra mall, kuwait [installation designer] apr ’15

al khayal in haka, installation at the cube, almakan, kuwait [installation artist] mar ’15

sami mohammad: a retrospective, exhibition at CAP, kuwait [installation artist] mar ’15

fallow, black’s heritage farm, iowa [installation artist] may ’13

graduation, ISU CoD gallery 181 [installation artist] feb ’12

ISU CoD furniture exhibition [ furniture maker ]

memorial union art exhibitions [sculptor and painter ]

fresh fotos [photographer] ’09

[ publications and talks ]

layali alkuwait – interview on public transport initiative ‘kuwait commute’ [interviewee] aug ’21 [1]

shilakhbar – interview on manmade studio [interviewee] aug ’21 [1]

desert cast – towards an identity, sculpture catalogue and essays published by 1971 design space [writer & artist] nov ’20 [1]

desert cast on Dubai Design Week, nov ’20

shield kuwait, COVID-19 face shields during the pandemic [product designer] jun ’20 [1]

Migrant Marseille, edited by charlotte malterre-barthes and something fantastic [contributor & redaction team leader] jan ’20

Desert Cast on Dezeen

article about regional artists in “sonic boom” – the sound issue no.12 of monjeh men [profile] oct ’18

interview on AlRai TV about the Traveling Mihrab at Venice Design 2018 [interviewee] jun ’18

Venice Biennale 2018 Review article on e-architect [author] jun ’18

abwab – dubai design week web post about the exhibited furniture piece [furniture designer] nov ’17

select – the maker issue, publication of quality kuwaiti designers, kuwait published [artist for cover artwork and visual materials mapping] may ’17

khaleejesque soar issue 26, article on sadi design contest, kuwait [mentioned in article as award winner] mar ’17

lecture series, needlab events at shaheed park, kuwait [organizer] jan ’17

panel discussion, needlab events at kuwait university, kuwait [panelist] jan ’17

the nature of space – brazil to kuwait, talk at contemporary art platform [speaker] may ’16

alyaum newspaper [article about AJPA awards ceremony] ’16

khaleejesque magazine | rebirth issue 24 [“jassim al-nashmi – an architect with a public mission”] ’16

bazaar magazine | october 2016 issue [“a versatile talent“, interview by nejoud al-yagout] ’16

al tashkeel | issue 26 [article written by the art critic dr. moayad hassan on the traveling exhibition, ‘what’s your location?’ during its time in CAP, kuwait] aug ’16

the talk | issue 85 [article about the “art of can” event] jul ’16

islamopolitan publication | 1971 design space

art kuwait | blog

alrai | newspaper

soot alkuwait | newspaper

alqabas | newspaper

KUNA | newspaper

CAP Kuwait | website

CAP Kuwait Lectures Series | website

All Events | blog

248am | blog

redbull | blog

redBull art of can 2016 [judge] | vlog

what’s your location? exhibition 2016 | vlog

t-square magazine [article author] 2015

sami mohammad: a retrospective catalogue [installation published] 2015

arch.ive [university project published] 2015

central iowa CSI newsletter 2013

archinect.com 2013

datum [university project published] 2013

revival magazine [university project published] 2013

catalyst magazine 2012

datum journal of architecture 2012

khaleejesque.com 2011

visualtherapyonline.com 2011

iowa state daily newspaper 2010

michellekaufmann.com 2009

iastate.edu 2009