IWlab Featured in Round City   28-11-2020 00:00

IWlab is featured in Round City as a finalist for Tamayouz Excellence Award's Mohamad Makiya Prize 2020. In this interview, we talk about how we started our practice in 2009, and how we sustained its activities during the last ten (hard) years. Interview in Arabic and English


IWlab in shortlisted to Mohamad Makiya Prize   07-11-2020 00:00

We are happy and proud that IWlab is nominated for the Mohamed Makiya Award for Architecture 2020 "The Middle Eastern Architectural Person of the Year", along with many institutions and personalities that contribute to the development of architecture in the Middle East. This nomination makes us more determind to keep working on pushing the model for architectural practice outside the traditional framework, to be part of society with its variations, concerns, and differences. 


IWlab co-founder Wesam Al Asali featured in Qisetna   01-09-2020 00:00

Our lab co-founder Wesam Al Asali has been featured in Qisetna In Focus - Profiling Syrian artists, musicians, writers and actors now living and working in the diaspora. To read the interview: Arabic , English 


New adventure: IWlab received Cultural Resource Production Fund.   25-02-2020 00:00

Our lab co-founder Iyas Shahin has received the Culture Resource Production Awards 2020 for his visual art project: M³ Damascus: Borders, Memory, Time.

New publication: Craftsmanship for Reconstruction: Artisans Shaping Syrian Cities  02-02-2020 00:00

This chapter from our lab is published in the book Urban Heritage Along the Silk Roads. It extracts the model of "the builder" in the late Ottoman rule in Syria and its transformation into today's building practices. It also extrapolates this model into a possible future role of everyday construction in shaping Damascus. The work was originally presented in Silk Cities in 2017. 

Published Research  01-07-2019 00:00

Newly published article. Living on the move, dwelling between temporality and permanence in Syria

30-04-2019 00:00

New Release: Informality.  The book is a result of a workshop in Damascus that focused on contexts of scarcities and informalities. In this particular context, scarcity is not about materials and resources but about social representation.
اصدار جديد: عشوائيات, تصوير معماري

20-04-2019 00:09

نشكر المؤتمر الرابع للمجلس العربي للعلوم الاجتماعية في بيروت على إتاحة المجال لنشارك أفكارنا عن الحرفة و التصميم في دراسة العشوائيات في دمشق بين مفهومي الدمج والتهميش.

We are very excited to have shared our thoughts about design, craft and informality in the annual conference of the Arab council for social science in Beirut.

30-03-2019 00:12

IWlab worked with master artisans Salvador Gomis and Jesus Gomis on developing a vocational program for trainees in Santa Pola, Alicante, Spain. The work was done for the public agency: Service of Employment and Training in Valencia (SERVEF). 


28-09-2018 00:00

مسابقة تصوير معماري : موضوع المسابقة يستهدف المهتمين بالتصوير الفوتوغرافي الوثائقي و المعماري والاجتماعي التي تنظر لسمات ومشاهد البيئة المبنية في السكن العشوائي بأعينٍ مختلفة عن عامّة الناس وتمتلك حِسّاً ثقافياً مميزاً، تُبرِزُ خصوصية هذه البيئة السكنية. المزيد

IWlab is teaming up with EAHR  05-06-2018 00:15

Wesam is Joining Emergency Architecture and Human Right (EAHR) to build a school in Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan. EAHR's project (100 Classroom for Refugee in the Middle East) aims to provide good quality learning spaces for displaced children in the region. The schools to be build with earth tiles using vaulting technique. See and suppor the project  

Interviews - Wesam Asali tutoring at WAVE2017 workshop  30-10-2017 00:00

Wesam Inteviews with Architects and Plannars in IUAV, Venice. Wesam was a principal tutor in the WAVE2017 Workshop-Syria the making of the future. See his disucssion video with Simone Sfriso from TAMassociati


01-03-2017 00:00

Wesam's Project In situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture won the Tile of Spain Award - student projects category.

In Focus: the work of MPhil student M.W. Al-Asali - Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecure  30-09-2016 00:00

Wesam Asali's work of traditional construction and technology was featured in the website of the Department of Architecture - University of Cambridge. The work was conducted as part of Wesam's Mphil at the department and was awarded the Morgan Sindall Prize Award for attention to the mode of construciton, selection of materials, the likely impact of the building on the environment, and its sustainability. 


Interview - Architect Iyas Shahine About His Architectural Multimedia Project Real Estate Misdemean in Damascus  01-05-2016 00:00

Architect Iyas Shahine depicts architectural changes taking place in Damascus. These changes are reflected in their true form by showing their effects. The project covers several existing and future real estate projects that supposedly aim at developing the city. However, we do not know whether this aim will be achieved.  Read More

Urbegony - Research of built environment in Syrian cities during war  31-03-2016 28:08

iw-lab establishes Urbegony: Architects without Borders - Syria, with students and architects in Damascus and other cities in Syria. Urbegony is a group of specialists interested and concerned with urbanization and architecture that observes spatial, urban, and architectural changes of the built and social environment. The importance of the observation comes from the need to document these rapid changes, learning from them, and switching from treating them with a reaction to treating them with pioneering responsible actions.

Wesam Asali from IWlab - Research visit to School of Architecture- Cambridge  10-04-2013 00:04

Wesam has been in Cambridge University for 10 days to work with the traditional architecture department in the school on his research project.

The project focuses on the rural areas in Syria and on the diversity of the typologies of the traditional rural houses. The traditional rural houses is a raw subject of a rich study; it has diverse prototypes, it still exists in many areas with many contemporary interventions and it lacks serious previous studies in literature. Therefore, studying vernacular rural architecture of Syria in now a need while studying how this architecture can contribute in the future understanding of post-war development is a need and a target in the same time.