Hamed Bukhamseen (CV) is an architect and educator based in Kuwait City. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard University - Graduate School of Design earning degrees in architecture, the fine arts and urban design. He has practiced locally and internationally within the US, Germany and Japan. Aimed primarily at the merger of interests in art and architecture across the urban realm, his work has been published in numerous media outlets and has been exhibited in Cambridge, Rome, Venice, and Dublin. He is currently a faculty member at the Kuwait University - College of Architecture where he teaches design studios and seminars.

Ali Ismail Karimi (CV) is a Bahraini architect whose work explores social housing, public space, and the urban landscape of the GCC countries. Ali received his Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Ali previously worked in Brussels with OFFICE KGDVS, in New York with SO-IL, and in Santiago-Chile with Elemental. Karimi has conducted research on government-built housing in the GCC with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston as a Joint Centre for Housing Studies Fellow; and in Havana with a grant from the David Rockefeller Centre for Latin American Studies. His work and writings have been published in various academic journals including San Rocco, CLOG, and he teaches architecture studios at the University of Bahrain.

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