Guest Lecture Series: Ali Mangera, MYAA Architects


 MYAA & Qatar Foundation

Architecture, Culture & Identity in a Globalised World

Date: Thursday 6th May 2021, 18:00 GMT (online)

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Globalization we are told has failed, leading to a collective paranoia and fear of what the future holds. We seek solace in a bygone era, and we resort to identity politics. Our cities too face a dilemma as we desperately crave our nation’s past. But if nationalism and patriotism are the last refuges of a scoundrel, our introspection says more about ourselves then about the world.   

MYAA has explored the question of culture & identity. We remain forever optimistic and believe architecture has a profound ability to connect with our heart and our soul. Our talk will illustrate how Globalization, Identity & Culture are not mutually exclusive but interdependent. Let’s build bridges, not walls.   


Ali Mangera MEng Dip Arch RIBA, Architect-Engineer completed a Masters in Engineering in Pennsylvania, USA before studying at the AA and working at Skidmore Owings & Merril, Chicago, and Zaha Hadid London. Ali co-founded MYAA with Ada Yvars Bravo and the award-winning practice works on projects globally. Ali has experience working on the scale of Mega projects and Eco-Cities through to the design of furniture and products. At MYAA, Ali’s focus is on the use of technology, systems and conceptual thinking to help bring about societal change.   

Ali has lectured at many institutions including Hong Kong Design Institute, Columbia, NYC, Cambridge and is committed to supporting diversity in the profession. 

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