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Free Unstructured CPD Opportunity; Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes lecture Now Available to View On-line

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On the 15th May 2014, Lebanese architect Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes presented a lecture on her philosophy and work entitled ‘Designing contexts to foster human interactions.’ The lecture was held at UCD Student Centre, winner of Best Universal Design and the Public Choice Award in the 2013 RIAI Architecture Awards. Stephanie was in Dublin to chair the jury for the 2014 RIAI Universal Design Award, which is supported by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design at the National Disability Authority.

The lecture is now available to view it on-line.

Viewing this lecture on-line entitles RIAI members to 1 unstructured CPD point.

Background information:


Stephanie Akkaoui Hughes is the founder and lead architect of AKKA Architects (www.akkaarchitects.com). She was awarded her professional degree in Architecture with high honours at the American University of Beirut and following graduation, joined the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in The Netherlands. At OMA, working closely with founder Rem Koolhaas, Stephanie built a deepened knowledge of all the phases of architectural and urban large-scale projects. She led three major projects for the Qatar Foundation into construction: the Qatar Foundation Headquarters, the Strategic Studies Center and Qatar’s National Library.

After 5 years practicing at OMA, Stephanie founded AKKA, a consultancy firm which is driven by Stephanie’s philosophy of architecture called Architecting Interaction©. AKKA specialises in creating spaces that foster human interaction. This exploration stretches on a scale of interventions, ranging from products and furniture to interiors, buildings and urban projects. On December 1st 2012, Stephanie presented Architecting Interaction at TEDxBelfast.
Architecting Interaction investigates how to design contexts that foster human interaction in its different forms, including collaboration, learning, creativity and innovation.  Community consultation is key to Stephanie’s work, and AKKA’s approach to projects is always through collaborative processes, which bring together clients, developers, users, neighbours and other concerned parties.

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