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As a young architect, my journey began in the ancient city of Aleppo, where the traditional architecture and its mesmerizing beauty became my inspiration. Little did I know that my path would lead me to another captivating city, thousands of miles away – Curitiba, Brazil.

Growing up amidst the wonderful heritage of Aleppo, traditional architecture became ingrained in my soul. The inward-oriented  layouts, intricate details of complex geometry, and sense of hospitality inherent in Aleppo’s traditional houses shaped my architectural perspective from an early age. These formative years laid the foundation for my deep appreciation of architectural heritage and my desire to incorporate it into contemporary design.

My architectural journey led me to Istanbul, where I had the opportunity to study architecture at Istanbul Technical University. This ancient city, a melting pot of cultures and architectural influences, became a pivotal station in my quest for architectural knowledge. In Istanbul, I immersed myself in the city’s architectural tapestry, exploring the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, the majestic Sulaymaniyah, and the charming Turkish houses of the historic neighbourhoods. This experience broadened my perspective on the intricate relationship between history, culture, and architecture. It deepened my understanding of how traditional elements can harmoniously coexist with contemporary advancements, creating the sense of continuity and identity within the built environment.

With my architectural arsenal enriched by my time in Istanbul, I ventured to Curitiba, Brazil. Here, I discovered a city that exemplified the harmonious integration of tradition and innovation. Curitiba’s commitment to sustainable urban planning and preservation of cultural heritage resonated deeply with me. The city’s architectural landscape showcased a seamless blending of traditional elements, sustainable practices, and contemporary design principles.

Working remotely from Curitiba for a prestigious architectural office in Los Angeles has allowed me to bridge the gap between those architectural realms. As a global team of architects we synchronize our efforts across continents, each bringing their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the table. Together, we strive to create designs that honour the past, embrace the present, and shape a sustainable future.

In conclusion, this architectural journey, from Aleppo to Curitiba to LA, has ignited within me a profound sense of purpose and determination. It has allowed me to witness first-hand the transformative power of tradition in shaping our built environment, while embracing innovation and sustainability. As I look to the future, my heart aches for the war-torn city of Aleppo, longing for the day when it can rise from the ashes and be rebuilt with the lessons learned from my journey and similar journeys of my peers.

This journey fuels my unwavering commitment to take the correct steps in rebuilding Aleppo, ensuring that its traditional architectural heritage becomes the cornerstone of its resurgence, reminding the world of its enduring spirit and resilience. The reconstruction of Aleppo, when the time comes, will be a testament to the power of architecture to heal, restore, and revitalize a city’s soul, just as it has done in Curitiba and countless other places across the globe.

Hamid Madarati

Hamid Madarati is an architect with over 5 years of work experience in parametric and computational design.  The projects achieved range from large scale urban planning and architectural design & optimization to small scale industrial design.  Hamid has participated in various residential and cultural center projects in the U.S., Australia, Germany and Singapore, Turkey and Algeria.

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