Speakers: Sandra Hiari

Sandra Hiari works along the messy crossroads of urbanism, architecture, and planning. She is founder of tareeq, a factory focused on performative urbanism in the fields of media and city design. It acts as a vehicle to understand the city through contextualizing media and virtual space for urban discourse. Sandra holds a graduate degree in urban design from the City College of New York (CCNY/CUNY) in Manhattan, under the direction of urbanist & visionary Michael Sorkin. She also studied under the geographer David Harvey.

Publishing and writing have played an integral role in Sandra Hiari’s career. Kicking off her career at Sahel Al Hiyari & Partners, she was heavily engaged in the publishing of Sahel Al Hiyari’s monograph under the umbrella of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative. She then joined the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), a non-profit private study and research institution on the built environment, where she was engaged, among many other activities, in the publication of architectural books. These included Architectural Criticism and Journalism: Global Perspectives published by Umberto Allemandi for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Exploring the Built Environment published by both the CSBE and the Darat Al-Funun – Khalid Shoman Foundation

Sandra Hiari focuses in her work on understanding how cities can act as incubators for creative urban solutions. In her research at JUST, she developed a legal framework for managing Amman’s historic areas. She also researched developing bio-based streetscape systems for Manhattan. Later on she worked on a day-to-day basis with key municipal management at the Greater Amman Municipality administration through the municipality’s planning arm, the Amman Institute for Urban Development (Ai) on land use and zoning legislation.

Sandra has interviewed architect Zaha Hadid and Mayor Daley of Chicago. She writes regularly for JO Magazine, Jordan’s leading social and cultural magazine, on architecture, urban, and art issues. In addition to her latest graduate degree, she holds a graduate degree in urban planning from the Jordan University for Science & Technology (JUST) and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Jordan.

She believes in cities as being powerful incubators for change.


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