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 | 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, architect & 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 2022 longlisted in the installation category for masallah transcends [artist] 2022 [1]

dezeen awards 2021 longlisted in the installation category for confluence memorial [artist] 2021 [1]

shield kuwait, COVID-19 face shields during the pandemic [product designer] june 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

[ exhibitions / performances ]

desert cast @ dubai design week – Materialss, curated by dubai design week [artist] nov ’22

masallah transcends no.2 @ Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, Khorfakkan ampitheatre [installation artist] ’21

masallah transcends no.1 @ Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival, sharjah art museum [installation artist] ’21

desert cast @ expo2020 dubai – MENASA pavilion, designer objects in collection curated by Samer Yamani [artist] oct ’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 [exhibition designer] september 2019

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 2019

desert cast @ the chair, design exhibit for contemporary chair designs at the future perfect gallery, new york [artist/designer] april 2019

looking at al sawaber, art exhibition raising awareness on alsawaber’s demolition at CAP, kuwait [artist] march 2019

desert cast @ art jameel sculpture park with kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas, art jameel centre, dubai [artist/designer] march 2019

desert cast @ re-use, environmental awareness exhibition with kawther alsaffar and ricardas blazukas, scientific centre, kuwait [exhibitor] january 2019

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] november 2018

cruzando horizontes, exhibition of art book collaborations between kuwaiti and brazilian artists, centro cultural erico verissimo, porto alegre [artist] november 2018

get out and push, film screening of films by the WYL? collective, focal point gallery, south-end on sea, london [artist] july 2018

venice design, furniture design exhibition at palazzo michiel, venice [furniture designer] may – nov 2018 [ 1|2|3|4|5|6 ]

abwab, furniture design exhibition at dubai design week [furniture designer] nov 2017

arcwalk [one.oh], architectural photography exhibition at artspace gallery, kuwait [photographer] may 2017

select – the maker issue, book launch and exhibition at salhiya mall, kuwait [artist/designer] may 2017

select – the maker issue, book launch and exhibition at contemporary art platform, kuwait [artist/designer] may 2017

artists for K’S PATH, group charity art exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [artist/designer] april 2017

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, february 2017

pavilion at the park, needlab pavilion opening ceremony at shaheed park, kuwait [speaker] january 2017

sadi, sadu inspired design exhibition at sadu house, kuwait [product designer] january 2017

selected works from the maraya art centre collection, permanent collection exhibition at maraya art centre, sharjah, UAE [designer] october 2016

tajleyat photografia fi almubarkiya, group exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [fine art photographer] june 2016

what’s your location?, group exhibition at CAP, kuwait [curator & fine art photographer] may 2016

new perspectives, exhibition at dar alfunoon, kuwait [furniture designer] may 2016

artists for K’S PATH, art exhibition at boushahri gallery, kuwait [fine art photographer] april 2016

youraok benchmark forum 2016, al shaheed park, kuwait [artist and designer] february 2016

spray sound, live art and live music event at chili pepper, kuwait [curator] november 2015

islamopolitan, design exhibition at CAP, kuwait [furniture designer] installation currently owned by maraya art centre in sharjah, UAE. november 2015

what’s your location? group exhibition at centro cultural erico verissimo, porto alegre, brazil [fine art photographer] august 2015

word of mouth, poetry reading at masaha 13, kuwait [poet] may 2015

tefaseel, exhibition in al hamra mall, kuwait [installation designer] april 2015

al khayal in haka, installation at the cube, almakan, kuwait [installation artist] march 2015

sami mohammad: a retrospective, exhibition at CAP, kuwait [installation artist] march 2015

fallow, black’s heritage farm, iowa [installation artist] may 2013

graduation, ISU CoD gallery 181 [installation artist] february 2012

ISU CoD furniture exhibition [ furniture maker ]

memorial union art exhibitions [sculptor and painter ]

fresh fotos [photographer] 2009

[ publications and talks ]

renegotiating identity – lecture at Bawtaqah Foundation for architecture & urbanism [lecturer] june 2022

renegotiating identity – lecture at Kuwait University architecture department tutored by Muneerah AlRube [lecturer] march 2022

renegotiating identity – lecture at Dar Al-athar Al-islamiyyah’s Yarmouk Cultural Centre [lecturer] January 2022 [1]

renegotiating identity – lecture at City College New York Unit 24 The Instrumentality of Architecture co-tutored by Mitchell Squire and Jerome [speaker] april 2021

middle east eye, kuwaiti artists remember the invasion [referenced artist] Oct 2020

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

Migrant Marseille, edited by charlotte malterre-barthes and something fantastic [contributor & redaction team leader] january 2020


article about regional artists in “sonic boom” – the sound issue no.12 of monjeh men [profile] october 2018

interview on AlRai TV about the Traveling Mihrab at Venice Design 2018 [interviewee] june 2018

Venice Biennale 2018 Review article on e-architect [author] june 2018

abwab – dubai design week web post about the exhibited furniture piece [furniture designer] nov 2017

select – the maker issue, publication of quality kuwaiti designers, kuwait published [artist for cover artwork and visual materials mapping] may 2017

khaleejesque soar issue 26, article on sadi design contest, kuwait [mentioned in article as award winner] march 2017

lecture series, needlab events at shaheed park, kuwait [organizer] january 2017

panel discussion, needlab events at kuwait university, kuwait [panelist] january 2017

the nature of space – brazil to kuwait, talk at contemporary art platform [speaker] may 2016

alyaum newspaper [article about AJPA awards ceremony] 2016

khaleejesque magazine | rebirth issue 24 [“jassim al-nashmi – an architect with a public mission”] 2016

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

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] august 2016

the talk | issue 85 [article about the “art of can” event] july 2016

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