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RAK Architecture Prize

The RAK Art Foundation is proud to announce the RAK Architecture Prize, open to  Bahraini nationals, 35 years old and under, to apply. In fitting with RAK Art Foundation’s mission to encourage and support creative innovation in Bahrain the prize shall provide a platform for promising architects to demonstrate their skill and to allow them the opportunity to contribute to the visual culture of their native country, thereby becoming an integral part of the shared landscape.

RAK Architecture Prize:

To design the new ‘Centre for Performing Arts’ located in Adhari, plus, BHD 5,000! If your entry is selected, you will be asked to collaborate with an architectural office to implement your winning design.


To enter this competition, all applicants must upload a ’schematic design’ of the centre. We request a Board in A0 format containing: Plans, Sections, Renders and any relevant documentation. This must comprise of:

  1. A Performance Hall, designed for music and theatre performance
  2. A Multifunctional Exhibition Space, which will be utilized for talks and temporary exhibitions
  3. Small admin offices, storage, and a general catering area (without kitchen/cooking area)
  4. Concepts should take into consideration the history of the location, the surrounding environment.
  5. Applicants will be judged on innovation, a contemporary vision, consideration of sustainability and environmental responsibility, functional design, a community space.


June 16th 2022, 12pm AST. The winner will be announced on July 7th, 2022. All entries will be judged by a specifically selected panel of professionals.

Land size: 9,026.1  m²
Build Area: up to 2.500 m²
Plot number: 03271807
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H.E. Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa

Yousef Daoud Alsayegh

Originally from Mosul, Iraq, Yousif Daoud Al Sayegh received his BA in Architecture from the University of Baghdad in 1965. Following his collaboration with other architects on various projects including the Mosul Museum, he formed Makiya Associates with partner Mohammed Makiya. They developed a ‘Regional Design Methodology’, in respect of place, tradition and culture. Based Baghdad, the office served all provinces in Iraq, eventually extending to Bahrain, Oman and other Gulf countries. In 1976, he received his MA in Architecture and City Planning (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA) and in 1977, established YDA & Associates, Bahrain in 1977.

Yasmin Sharabi

Yasmin Sharabi (USA/ Palestine/ Bahrain) received her BA in Studio Art/ Art History from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 2004 and completed her MA Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London in 2006. She is an art curator and consultant, currently heading the RAK Art Foundation in Riffa, Bahrain. Yasmin oversees the private collection of HE Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, coordinating and curating projects related to his collection as well as his own artwork. She has worked on various events and exhibitions in Bahrain and abroad, with emerging and established artists.

Dalia Elmardi

Bahraini architect and graduate of Edinburgh University (MA(hons) Architectural
Design), Dalia Elmardi, set up her architectural practice in 2011/2012. Her portfolio covers a wide variety of works ranging from hospitality, residential, commercial and urban planning projects to her own personal exploration of design practice via creative collaborations and competition works.

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