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Lonaard Magazine is a specialised peer-reviewed art and architecture periodical founded in London by Dr Waleed Al Sayed and Dr Mashary Al Naim since 2008


Waleed Al Sayed

Lonaard & Dar Mimar - London

Senior Advisory Board

Ashraf Salama

Qatar University

Howayda Al Harithy

American University - Beirut

Mashary Al-Naim

Dammam University - Saudi Arabia

Mohammed Al-Asad

Chairman/Centre for the Study of the Built Environment - Amman

Nasser Rabbat

Aga Khan Professor - MIT

Nezar Al Sayyad

University of Berkeley- California USA

Sabah Mushattat

Wolverhampton University - England/UK

Saleh Al Hathloul

King Saud University

Wael Samhouri

Damascus University - Syria

Yasser Elsheshtawy

UAE University

International Review Committee

Ahmed Mohaisen

Islamic University

Alaeddinne Eljmassi

Islamic University

Ali Alraouf

Qatar University

Amer Moustafa

American University of Sharjah

Attilio Petruccioli

Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy

Azza Eleish

Dar Al-Hekma College - Jeddah / KSA

Eckhart Ribbeck

Stuttgart University

Eslam Al Ghunaimy

Al Khobar University

Farid Al-Qeeq

Islamic University - Gaza

Galal Abada

Ain Shams University - Egypt

Hani Al Qahtani

King Faisal University - SA

Hasim Altan

Sheffield University - UK

Hassan Radoine

University of Sharjah

Jihad Awad

Ajman University - UAE

Khaled Al Sallal

UAE University

Khalfallah Boudjemaa

Mseila University - Algeria

Mehdi Sabet

American University of Sharjah - UAE

Mirna Nassrah

Lathiqiyyah University - Syria

Mona Helmy

Dar Al-Hekma College - Jeddah / KSA

Nabyl Chenaf

American University in Dubai

Nada Al Nafae

King Abdel Aziz University

Nadia Alhasani

The Petroleum Institute - UAE

Omar Asfour

Islamic University

Rabah Saoud

Ajman University

Rami Daher

German Jordanian University & TURATH

Rania Khalil

Qatar University

Samer Abu Ghazalah

Jordan University

Shatha Abu Khafajah

Hashemite University - Jordan

Yasser Al Rajjal

German-Jordanian University - Jordan

Yasser Mahgoub

Qatar University


Dr Waleed Al Sayed

Waleed Al Sayed is an academic, scholar, architect and urban designer. He is also the Director of Lonaard and Dar Mimar Group in London (2000-present), and the Editor and co-founder of Lonaard Architectural Research peer-reviewed Magazine established in 2008. His diverse theoretical and practical contributions over the past 25 years reflect his strong belief in the absolutely vital relation between academic research, writing and practice in architecture. For his belief in the importance of architectural criticism, he co-founded Arab Architect’s Critics Association (AACA) in 2010 in London, a Pan-Arab-International platform and think tank for scholars, critics and academics.

Dr Al Sayed is a prolific writer and critic on architecture within socio-cultural context. He has published since 2000 over 170 critical articles (1500-2500 words) in international journals (London, SA, USA, Oman, Jordan, Qatar), and 20 research papers in international refereed journals and symposia. He has participated as a speaker in international symposia (UK, UAE, SA, Morocco, Egypt and Palestine), and refereed for a number of international academic and professional organizations. As a visiting Professor, he lectures mainly on theory and history of architecture, conservation, and urban design, and he is often called as an external supervisor and examiner (UK, Palestine, Oman, Jordan). His research, and writing, interests include heritage conservation and the study of complex buildings, the morphology of urban space, design methodologies and architectural criticism within the question of tradition, identity and globalization. His Ph.D. thesis conducted at UCL/Bartlett explored the extent to which practice was influenced by architectural thought in the Arab World, and he is working on two forthcoming books: ‘Architecture, Politics & Power ‘(2012), and ‘Urban Heritage’ (2012).

Dr Al Sayed has been practicing architecture and urban design since 1989. He works as a consultant and expert advisor for a number of important international organizations on urban development projects, regional planning, housing & conservation schemes (Prince Claus Fund/Netherlands, Jordan, Bahrain, Palestine). He has participated, as a lead designer, in the development of key projects across the Gulf and the Middle East; most important are four new satellite cities in Jordan (2005-2006). He was called by the office of His Excellency the Under Secretary of Work and Housing in Bahrain to work as a special advisor (2007). He is appointed by the Aga Khan Award for Islamic Architecture in Geneva as a ‘Nominator’ to recognize potential projects for the 12th cycle 2011-2013. He has established Dar Mimar and designed numerous private and public projects across the Middle East (since 1993). He worked with Rasem Badran (1989-1995), and was associated with Mohammed Makiyya in London (1997-2000). His early works were influenced by the thought of Hassan Fathy upon a home-visit to the Egyptian architect in Cairo in 1988.

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