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Generation 01 (1934 - 1979)

RiadArchitecture Generation 01 Overview


  • Mahmoud Riad established the RiadArchitecture practice in 1934. The first generation was responsible of some of Cairo’s most iconic modern buildings,

  • He graduated from the School of Architecture in Liverpool in 1931, and obtained his diploma in civic design from the same school in 1933.

  • He interned at Shreve, Lamb & Harmon in New york in 1930, where he worked on 500 Fifth Avenue and The Empire State Building.

  • He was post in the Ministry of Wakfs upon his return to Cairo. He was appointed the Head of the Architecture and Engineering Department in 1939.

  • He was appointed the Director General of the Popular Housing division at the Ministry of Social Affairs in 1949

  • He was appointed the Director General of the Cairo Municipality in 1954

  • He was invited to participate in the United Nations Expert Group Meetings on Metropolitan Planning in both 1959 and 1961.

  • He was appointed the technical advisor of the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait in 1965

  • He was nominated by Richard Roth Jr., AIA, RIBA, of Emery Roth & Sons PC, to become a fellow at the American Institute of Architects, FAIA, in 1977

  • Under his leadership, the office participated in some of Egypt and the Arab world’s most prolific architectural and planning projects, like the Arab League Headquarters, Nile Hilton, The Cairo Municipality Building, and the USSR Embassy , as well as planning both Mohandisine and Nasr City.

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