Between March 03 and 14, 2018, faculty members Omar Al-Hassawi and Ayad Rahmani lead a group of 16 students from the SDC on an international study tour to Jordan, as part of the Global Engagement in Design and Construction Course.
The students visited and sketched at multiple locations in the country, including historical sites in Amman, Ajloun, and the Dead Sea. This was coupled with visits to contemporary buildings including the Royal Academy for Nature Conservation where the designer, Ammar Khammash, gave the students a tour of the building and the site. In addition, students were able to visit offices of established and young Jordanian architects to gain an understanding of the challenges they encounter when designing for a context as rich and rooted in history as Jordan.
Students experienced the Bedouin lifestyle when they camped in Wadi Rum for one night. They navigated the desert with Bedouins and were able to observe the rich geological formations juxtaposed with Wadi Rum’s unique orange sand dunes. In addition, the students spent a full day in the City of Petra where they visited the Treasury and climbed 900 steps to reach the Monastery. A group discussion was held at Petra’s Amphitheater to appreciate the marvel of this city and the complex history of Jordan.
On our way back to the United States, students used their 15-hour layover in Dubai to visit the city’s new downtown area, the Dubai Mall, and the outdoor spaces surrounding Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. This provided them with a unique opportunity to compare between the young city of Dubai and the historic city of Amman which is known for its archeological findings dating back to 10,000 B.C.
The faculty members leading this trip would like to thank all their partners in Jordan for their time and collaboration, specifically, the German Jordan University, the Jordan Museum, the Royal Academy for Nature Conservation, Omrania, Uraiqat Architects, Mais Al Azab, Darat Al Funun, and Ammar Khammash.
To view more photos from this experience, visit our folder on Google Drive.
EXHIBIT and SYMPOSIUM: Monday, April 16 @ 4:30pm