Ahmad Angawi, being of Meccan roots, is inspired by the colourful diversity of the culture of Hejaz. His works revolve around the human condition while also paying homage to both culture and the environment. His approach is inspired mainly by Islamic principles rather than the Islamic aesthetic. Influenced by his Father, Architect Dr. Sami Angawi, he has adopted the concept of “Al Mizan in design”, which is the belief in the fundamental principle of balance, as a state of mind, as well as the belief in its application in the field of design. Angawi travels extensively throughout the Middle East, visiting historic cities such as Cairo, Marrakech, Fas, Damascus and Tunis where he intermingles with traditional artisans and craftsmen in an attempt to research their time-honored roles and their relationship to today’s mass-market productions. He strongly believes that industrial designers are the craftsmen of today.
The artist earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently the Associate Director of AMAR center for Architecture and Design Studies and works as a consultant at GMSV (Geometric modeling and Scientific Visualization Research Center) at KAUST where he is working on Traditional Innovative Products.
2013 - Rhizoma: 55th Venice Biennale
2012 - Edge Of Arabia East London: #Cometogether
2012 - Edge Of Arabia Jeddah: We Need To Talk