Join us for a day-long symposium that brings together leading scholars, architects, historians and curators from around the world here in Jeddah to discuss and expands on Studio Bound’s extensive research on the history of shelters, infrastructure and spatial manifestations in times of shifting social conditions.

The series of talks and discussions gives the public a deeper understanding of how configuration of spaces can take on different meanings within contexts of inclusion and exclusion, and how the individual and community navigates through these spaces in times of refuge, challenges and opportunity.

The target audience for the programme are students, academia, designers, practitioners, researchers and the curious Jeddah community with a vested interest in Architecture, Design, Sociology, Public Health and beyond.

‘Accommodations’ is a touring exhibition from the Saudi Pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition and is a partnership between Art Jameel and the Saudi Architecture and Design Commission, curated Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali. 

The public programme is in conjunction and with support from the Islamic Arts Biennale.


2pm – Tour of Exhibition

Studio Bound: Hussam DakkakBasmah Kaki and Hessa AlBader

2:30pm – Welcome and Context

Art Jameel and co-curators of ‘Accommodations’ Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali

2:45 – 3:45pm Topic: Accommodations and Infrastructure: The Indian Ocean, Hajj, and Hospitality

Talk by professor Christopher Michael Low – University of Utah The Global Crisis of Cholera and the Traumatic Birth of the Modern Infrastructures of the Hajj

Conversation with artistic director of Islamic Arts Biennale Sumayya Vally – and Hussam Dakkak of Studio Bound 

Q& A Moderated by Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali 

Break 15 mins – refreshments in the courtyard

4 – 5pm Topic: On the Promises We Make: Reconciling aspirations and spatial manifestations

Talk by artist and architect Ola Hassanain –  Spatial Matters: inherent temporalities

Conversation with Jawaher Al Sudairy, member of the Board of the Architecture and Design Commission under the Ministry of Culture

Q&A Moderated by Uzma Z. Rizvi and Murtaza Vali 

Break 15 mins – refreshments in the courtyard

5:30 – 6pm Curators and Studio Bound panel discussion