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Ahmad Angawi, a multidisciplinary creative from Makkah born in 1981, holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute in New York and a master’s degree in traditional arts from The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London. Angawi is currently the associate director of Al Makmad Foundation, a cultural institution that aims to conserve and revive the Hejazi heritage. He is also the founder of Zawiya 97 located in Al-Balad, in the historical district of Jeddah. It is a hub of activity serving the local and wider community of artists and craftsmen. Angawi was the program director of The House of Traditional Arts located in Al-Balad, the historical district of Jeddah. The school is an initiative by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, and Art Jameel. Angawi was also a consultant and program researcher at the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage along with Turquoise Mountain, a non-proﬁt, non-governmental organization regenerating historic cities, and spurring the sustainable development of the traditional crafts industries. Ahmad is a co-founder of Al-Hangar, an independent artists’ initiative that provides a platform for dialogue and cultural exchange by way of exhibitions, community-oriented projects and educational programs.
Being of Meccan roots, Angawi is inspired by the rich diversity of the culture of Hejaz. His work revolves around the human condition while also paying homage to culture, heritage and environment. Inﬂuenced by his father, architect Dr. Sami Angawi, he has adopted the concept of “Al Mizan,” a belief in the fundamental principle of balance. For Ahmad, his constant pursuit of equilibrium in both design and its application is an attempt to bring balance to the human state of mind.
During his travels across the Middle East, Angawi has focused on local traditional artisans and craftsmen, and studied their time-honored roles and their relationship to today’s mass-market productions. He strongly believes that industrial designers are the craftsmen of today.