About the Conference
Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe (1886-1969) was and remains one of the most influential architects in the history of Modern Architecture. Uncommunicative, reserved, he leaves behind a masterful architectural work, revolutionary and even timeless.
Many try to theorize his post-mortem work, analyze it and even impute to him philosophies and theories for the most part unverifiable due to its silence. He was doing it. He did not speak.
Mies simply said, "I do not want to be interesting. I want to be good. "..." Architecture belongs to the epoch, It's the essence of an epoch ".
He succeeded 2 careers not without difficulties: the first in Germany between the wars and the second in the United States, including Chicago.
Self-taught architect, his career is particularly admirable. At the age of 15, he was apprenticed in the family business of stonemasons. At 20, he joined Bruno Paul's office. At 22, he joined Peter Behrens' workshop.
In 1930, he was 44 when he was appointed 3rd Bauhaus Director in Dessau.
In 1938 he was Dean of School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago.
And it is from the United States that his career explodes and even forces him to give up his position at IIT.
The conference will attempt to re-read the Master's thought and portray the era in which she is inscribed. The presentation will raise the question of the durability of Mies' thought by trying to identify the heirs of Mies in the world today and especially tomorrow.
About the Speaker
Born in Damascus in 1976, Mohamed Al Mufti is a DPLG architect who graduated from the National School of Architecture in Versailles, as well as a painter and self-taught musician.
In 2001, he won a Cimbéton Architecture Award for the Reinvention of Intermediate Housing in Montreuil, France, and then continued his training in the studio of Michel Rémon, his former teacher and mentor.
He then founded the Atelier Mufti Architecture in Paris and concentrated his activity on educational and cultural buildings as well as on social housing. He has been teaching at Alba for 6 years.
At the same time, he collaborates in various projects and architectural competitions (Colleges, High Schools, Stadiums, Laboratories, Venues, Social Housing) with great architects and former teachers of Versailles, Belleville and Villette, such as Michel Rémon, Jacques Ripault, Michel Kagan, Olivier Chaslin, Philippe Challes, etc.
He moved to Damascus in 2008 and realized some school, cultural and residential buildings and taught the Architecture Project at IUST in Damascus.
At the same time, he develops his artistic activity and participates in several exhibitions of art and architecture in France, Lebanon, Serbia, Syria, Dubai, Turkey, etc.
Based in Beirut since 2012, he is a teacher at the School of Architecture of Alba.
Atelier Mufti Architecture continues to practice from Lebanon and works on projects including the Gulf and Lebanon.