Dewan Award for Architecture 2022


Tamayouz Excellence Award invites architects and designers to submit their ideas for a Rehabilitation Centre for Terrorism Victims in Iraq. Mohamed Al Assam, the founder and chairman of Dewan, was involved with the Tamayouz Excellence Award for many years as both an avid supporter, member of the Advisory Board and jury member for various competitions. The Tamayouz Excellence Award is a collection of awards that celebrate the best architecture worldwide and the achievements of individuals who have made significant contributions to humanity.

Today, Dewan leverages its corporate social responsibility initiatives with 'The Dewan Award', founded to empower young architects worldwide and provide crucial guidance to excel in the industry. The young architects and designers also gain unrivalled knowledge in real project scenarios and experiences at Dewan Architects + Engineers. The coveted first prize is fully paid employment at Dewan for six months and extendable to one year. Ammar Al Assam, CEO of Dewan Architects, understands the importance of championing different backgrounds, cultures, visions and experiences.

The eponymous Dewan Award for Architecture is an annual open-ideas architectural competition. The newest award is introduced as part of the Tamayouz Excellence Award programme that champions and celebrates the best architecture in Iraq and worldwide. The exciting international award focuses on designs that respond to the local challenges in Iraq. Submissions highlight the country’s trials and provide dialogue and an uncompromising open source of ideas tackling social issues. Dewan will present the designs to the responsible authorities.

Award Objectives

Architects, students, engineers, and designers can participate in the Dewan Award; they can participate as individuals or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Judges of the single-stage competition will identify the most appropriate proposal that best translates and satisfies the award’s objectives.

A Country in Turmoil

Iraq remains fragile from years of violence, war and dictatorship. Successive governments have taken measures to protect their citizens, but constant challenges make for slow progress. The ongoing and protracted violence in Iraq continues relentlessly. It takes a heavy toll on the civilians, subjecting them to senseless injury and loss of life. The continued violence affects the economy and social rights of the citizens.

The turmoil has continued for decades, starting with the Iraq-Iran war between 1980 and 1988, the first Gulf War in 1990, and the American invasion in 2003. Subsequently, the Iraqis have endured a long season of terrorist attacks by sectarian militant groups. The consequences have created an environment of turmoil lacking human rights and infrastructure fundamentals.

It’s estimated that since 2003 the Iraqis have faced losses amounting to $335 billion relating to human casualties, disabilities and weapons purchases. In November 2012, the Iraqi government issued a report showing that there were 239,133 wounded Iraqis due to terrorist attacks between 2004 and 2011.

Many ordinary Iraqis continue to suffer from the deterioration of fundamental human rights, injury, death and destruction. Although the number of terrorist attacks is decreasing, thousands of Iraqis are affected by injuries and mental and emotional trauma. The problem is ongoing, so there is an urgent need for rehabilitation centres.

Rehabilitation Centre for Terrorism Victims in Iraq

The Dewan Award for Architecture 2022 and the Tamayouz Excellence Award invites architects and designers to submit their ideas for a Rehabilitation Centre for Terrorism Victims in Iraq. The rehabilitation centre should provide a safe and comfortable space for patients and have the facilities to support their health, psychological and physical needs.

For each fatality in Iraq, there are around three injured innocent citizens. The humans that survive the brutal attacks live irreparably damaged lives. There is an urgency for non-clinical rehabilitation centres that can provide the appropriate physical, psychological and social care so that they can begin to recover from their injuries.

The centres are strictly for rehabilitation and not medical treatment. Specialists will work positively with injured people allowing them to reach their full potential and help them form coping mechanisms for the memories formed around the traumatic experiences. The centres will help people develop their skills and confidence to rejoin society and the job market. Each facility will contain indoor and outdoor spaces for social interaction, sporting activities and learning.

The Site

The award’s site is 50,337 square metres in the prestigious Zayouna area of Baghdad. It’s located on the Al-Rusafa side of the capital, with the Army Canal on its north side and the Mohammed Al-Qassim Expressway on the south. The area is considered wealthy, and the communities are home to senior officers of the Iraqi military. The Tuesday Central Market, public and private schools, the teacher's training institute, and the Al-Firdaws family swimming pool are within the residential community.

Award Objectives

The award submissions must include facilities for each of the five pillars of the rehabilitation centre, health, safety and privacy, hope, psychological rehabilitation, training and capacity building.

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Competition Registration and Submission

Registration and schedule for the Dewan Award is as follows;
May 2022 - Competition launch and early registration
1 October 2022 - Closing date for registrations and submissions
October 2022 - Shortlist Announcement
November 2022 - Announcement of results
End of 2022 - Annual Tamayouz Excellence Award Ceremony
All Deadlines are 11:59 pm GMT.


Dewan invites architects, students, engineers and designers to participate in this competition. Participation can be individual or team (maximum of six members per team). Dewan encourages the participation of multidisciplinary teams.


The Dewan Award 2022 has the following coveted prizes;

First Prize
Six months employment at Dewan, renewable up to one year with a salary of AED10,000 per month. If for any reason, employment cannot be achieve, a cash alternative of US$6,000 will be presented.

Second Prize
US$3,000 plus a certificate of award.

Third Prize
US1,000 plus a certificate of award.

Honourable Mentions
Seven honourable mentions, a certificate of award and an invitation to the annual ceremony.

Top 20 and top 50 acknowledgements on Dewan social media and website.

Judges Panel

Highly commended judges from around the world will arbitrate the awards. It is a single-stage competition to identify the most appropriate proposal that best satisfies the contest's general and specific objectives.

Professor Jala Makhzoumi – Beirut – UNIT 44
Professor Wendy Pullan – Cambridge – Cambridge University
Professor Shaban Taha - Cairo - Shoubra University
Nadia Habash - Ramallah - Head Engineering Association in Palestine
Dr Davide Ponzini – Milan - Politecnico di Milano
Lucinda Anis - London - Kommune Studio
Kathy Basheva – London – Studio Basheva
Mohamed Al-Assam – Dubai – Founder of Dewan Architects and Engineers
Ahmed Al-Azzawi – Milton Keynes – Dewan Award coordinator of Tamayouz
Ahmed Al-Mallak - Founding Director - Tamayouz Excellence Award

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