RAIC International Prize Scholarships: Amal Dirie

This essay received a Certificate of High Merit in the 2019 RAIC International Prize Scholarship competition

Amal Dirie’s essay focuses on the temporary dwellings built by nomadic people in Somalia. The ingenuity and care visible in the creation of these huts, always built by women, demonstrate the paradoxes of displacement, nomadism, and the wish for the hut to be more than a basic shelter.

Jury Comment: It demonstrated a keen mind committed to seeing and understanding the rich interrelationship of people and architecture, regardless of material circumstances.

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