Mariam Allawerdi:
Architect @ LOCI architecture design

Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Mariam obtained her Bachelor of Architecture & Engineering from Jordan University in 2000. Thereafter she relocated to Dublin, Ireland where she achieved a Masters in Urban and Building Conservation and spent her formative years with Dublin Civic Trust specializing in Conservation Architecture on projects for various County Councils in Ireland. She also expanded her interest in modern architecture from the 1920s to 1960s, working for renowned Dublin Architects Arthur Gibney and Shaffrey Associates.

In 2010 she relocated to Mauritius to collaborate with French architect Eric Chavoix, formed at Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris. During her 5 years in Mauritius, Mariam expanded her experience in contemporary tropical architecture, designing and managing a range of luxury private and corporate projects including the restoration of a listed colonial house for sensitive adaptation and reuse as offices, hotel and luxury villas within the Indian Ocean region; Mauritius, Reunion Island, Mayotte, Madagascar and South Africa. She has successfully delivered a number of projects with considerable site following and contract administration experience.

Mariam’s style is contemporary-vernacular, balancing clean pure architectural form with a robust palette of natural locally-sourced materials, colours and textures, employing passive environmental strategies, exploring inside-outside space, and adapting to the challenges of designing within a cyclone-prone environment.

In August 2015 Mariam moved to Dubai where she joined Loci Architecture + Design.