More about Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman

Municipal Councilor, Dammam Metropolitan Area

Dr. Sumayah Al-Solaiman is the Dean of the College of Design at Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University. She is also currently a member of the Municipal Council of the Dammam Metropolitan Area and a columnist. She was co-curator for the first Saudi National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture 2018.
She received her PhD in Architecture from Newcastle University in the UK and her Master of Architecture from King Faisal University. She also has executive degrees in Management, Leadership, Strategy and Innovation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, and was the recipient of the Ibn Khaldun Fellowship at that renowned institution for the 2013-2014 academic year. Previously, she was the Vice Dean for Quality, Development and Academic Accreditation and the Chair of the Graphic Design and Multimedia program at the college. She was also editor-in-chief of the Postgraduate Journal “Forum” at Newcastle University. Her research interests include areas of intersection between architecture and politics such as the mediation of power in space and place, ideologies and nation-building in architectural practice and regionalism within modernism.