Contemporary Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East

In the spring 2012 the Center for Architecture will mount Contemporary Architecture and Engineering in the Middle East (working title). Enter NYC's first exhibition on contemporary architecture and engineering in the Middle East! Note: This is not a competition. All project submissions will be included in the exhibition* — the exhibition is intended to provide a snapshot of contemporary architecture and engineering in the Middle East. All participants’ work will be put in context by an expert scholar, who will provide interpretation on the cultural, political and environmental situation of the region.

Eligible Projects
Submitted projects must be located in the Middle East**. In addition to commissioned projects in design, under construction, or recently completed, we are accepting un-built competition entries. All constructed projects must have been completed after January 1, 2000. The work may be a project of any size and style.

*Project Submissions are guaranteed to be included in the exhibition if they meet the eligibility requirements, follow the registration guidelines and if the registration fee has been paid.
**The Middle East is a diverse region, including portions of North Africa, defined by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank as including: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Gaza Strip (not fully sovereign), West Bank (not fully sovereign), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Projects located in the following countries (considered part of the Greater Middle East and Central Asia) are also eligible for submission: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Western Sahara.

Registration Forms and Fees
Entrants must register for the exhibition through our online service. Each submission requires a $375 registration fee per project (up to three images) for AIA members or a $500 fee per project (up to three images) for non-members, which must be paid online. All payments are final and no refunds will be granted. Submission of multiple projects is encouraged—we want to feature the wide range of design approaches, typologies, and engineering strategies that have been proposed and constructed in the last eleven years. All project submissions, provided they meet the criteria for submission and follow the Submission Requirements, are guaranteed to be included in the exhibition. There is no selection jury. Funds from the registration fee/s contribute directly to the exhibition design, printing of project images, and related interpretation.



  • Up to three (3) images, 30" longest dimension at 300dpi. Composed project boards will not be accepted. AIANY and the exhibition designer will format the final size, title and appropriate credits for each project.
  • Completed Image Permission and Project Form (please include as Word document on the disc). Click here to download the forms.
  • Online registration and payment of $375 or $500 registration fee per project. REGISTRATION CLOSES JANUARY 13, 2012 at 5pm (EST).

If you have specific questions please contact Juliana Barton, Exhibitions Coordinator at, 212.358.6120.


  • Online Registration must be completed by FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012 at 5:00pm (EST).
  • Submission requirements must be delivered on a disc to: Center for Architecture, c/o Juliana Barton, 536 LaGuardia Place, NY,NY 10012 by TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 5:00pm (EST).

Frequently Asked Questions
Can the same project be submitted multiple times? For example, the architect submits and the engineer submits.
Yes--but we require different images of the project for each submission.

Will refunds be issued if I decide not to participate?
No refunds will be issued.

Is there a release that owners/clients will need to fill out for their projects to be displayed?
A release from owners/clients is not required b the AIA New York Chapter. However, submitters may want or need a sign off from owners/clients for their own records. By completing the Image Permission and Project Form, the submitter agrees that they have obtained all necessary permissions from the submitted project’s design lead and owners/clients to participate in the exhibition.

Are temporary projects eligible?
Yes, according to the above mentioned requirements.

Are theoretical projects eligible?
Only competition entries.

You say to submit up to three (3) images. Does this mean I can put two or more drawings or photos together when I submit?
No. By up to three (3) images we mean three (3) photographs or drawings per project, with no additional text or formatting. Composed project boards will not be accepted.



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