Design a memorial to the victims of genocides worldwide
We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 2nd prize winner of our “SKYHIVE 2021 Skyscraper Challenge” competition – Ahmed Helal from United States!
Ahmed Helal from United States
Ahmed Helal is an architecture student at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in New York City; he is in his last academic year and has a GPA of 3.99. Ahmed has been studying architecture for the past 6 years between Cairo, London, Volos, and New York. He has studied in three different schools of architecture before The Spitzer School in NYC. He attended MSA University in Cairo, Egypt, Greenwich University in London, England, and the University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece. Ahmed has always been involved in pursuing architecture outside the academic sphere; he has participated in various architecture competitions, as well as practiced architecture as an intern. He is currently working at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in the New York office.
I have always appreciated working on small-scale interventions in architecture, as I believe they are quite rewarding in the way the public engages and interacts with them. On the other hand, big civic projects have the potential of being eye-catching and impactful on the scale of the city, and I enjoy being part of that as well.
Being an architect is being so many things. It is a recipe of multidisciplinary aspects. I believe one essential, almost crucial, aspect of that recipe is being a good human being. An architect should always put people first and try to provide equal and humane opportunities in his/her design as much as he/she can.
Architecture competitions are great platforms that allow everyone to challenge their ideologies and thoughts on architecture and what architecture can do without the academic or practical constraints can sometimes greatly influence the design.
I genuinely believe there shouldn't be any reason for hesitation in that regard. Architecture competitions are quite rewarding and nourishing to the mind, win or not, there is always room for growth in seeing how others address the same challenge that you go through in a different way. It is a great platform for collective ideation.
Have your say on accessible architecture, why it’s important, and how it needs to be improved in the homes of the future.