Films, Qatar, Architecture

Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil: Portrait of an Architect

Reflections from a pioneer of inherited architecture in the Arab world

The documentary Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil: Portrait of an Architect was produced and directed by EastEast editors Olya Korsun and Furqat Palvan-Zade and comissioned by Caravane Earth Foundation. Through intimate interviews and personal reflections, the film delves into El Wakil's unique insights on natural materials, the function of buildings, and the importance of the past. Professor Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil shares his childhood memories from Egypt and reflects on the social and political environment that shaped his architectural philosophy. These conversations, recorded in his archive in Doha where he has lived for over a decade, illuminate critical aspects of his education and career and highlight the originality and relevance of his architectural philosophy.

The documentary will be screened online at (EE) Films starting November 3rd as part of the relaunch of EastEast.

Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil
Egyptian architect considered by many as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture. For designing in traditional styles, he is also a representative of New Classical Architecture.
Furqat Palvan-Zade
Editor-in-chief of EastEast, independent curator, researcher, and filmmaker. Since 2014, he has worked on the syg.ma project – a community-driven publication and an expanding online archive of texts on society and art. In 2023, he started a Ph.D. program at Yale’s Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Cultures department.
Olya Korsun
Artist and researcher working across film, text, experimental pedagogy, and spontaneous flower arrangement.