Mazin Abdul Karim and Kareem Hammouda are both architects and educators. They received their Master degree in Architecture & Urban Design from DIA / Bauhaus , Germany in 2008 following a bachelor degree from Ain Shams university, Egypt in 2004. They teach undergraduate design studios at the AAST in Cairo and have been visiting critics and guest lecturers at the AA in London, ETH and HTW/Chur in Switzerland, IUS in Sarajevo, and DIA in Germany.
In 2008, they co-founded the design and research practice, CONTRAST Designs, in Cairo. The practice was awarded the Hasan Fathy Award for Architecture of 2012, and the Young Architects Award from the SEA in 2013. Their work has been published and exhibited internationally, and most recently in Domus Magazine, the Rotterdam Biennale of Architecture 2009, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2009, and at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2008.
In 2011 they also co-founded Zawia with 3 other designers/team members. Zawia is a periodical publication on design, architecture and urbanism, coming out from Cairo, Egypt. The publication aims to provide an open platform for the collective knowledge of architectural discourse, and to open new channels for a mutual constructive dialogue between the local and the global community.
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