Flatland, a multifaceted architectural installation by Mais al Azab MArch ’11 received a highly commended recognition in the inaugural Dia al-Azzawi Prize for Public Art from the Tamayouz Excellence Award. This project was created initially in Amman, Jordan in the context of the city’s 2017 design week. The prize was initiated in 2021, is named after the internationally celebrated Iraqi artist and one of the pioneers of modern Arab art and looked at artworks that had a transformative impact within their urban context between 2016 and 2021.

The news was published in November 2022 with an award ceremony that took place in Muscat, Oman in January 2023 as part of the larger Tamayouz Excellence Award program during which Mais al Azab received a certificate and medal designed and handed by the artist Dia al-Azzawi, which the award is named after.

The Jury’s comment on Flatland installation was: “A stunningly successful blend of architecture and art, with ideas in place that are both subtle and elegant in their relevance to regional historical typologies. It is quite exciting to see how the shadows work with the ephemeral pavilion. Flatland raises a question about functional sculptures and how they interact with their surrounding”.

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