Sandra Piesik

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Sandra Piesik is the founder of 3 ideas Limited, an architectural consultancy specializing in architecture, design and cultural research. She has worked extensively in the United Arab Emirates on projects that have aimed to reconnect historic UAE culture and its heritage to the contemporary environment, and has focused in particular on the use of palm-leaf construction methods in both modern architecture and product design. She is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was recently invited to become a Nominator for the Aga Khan Award in Architecture projects.

Her recent project with involvement of the Bedouin women Arish House won Highly Commended project in the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award London 2010 and has been widely exhibited in the UK. Sandra teaches architecture at the Portsmouth School of Architecture in the UK and is currently working on the exhibition Palm Leaf Architecture in the United Arab Emirates at the Royal Geographical Society with IBG in London, 16 April–25 May 2012 under the Patronage of His Excellency Abdul Rahman Ghanem Al Mutaiwee, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Sandra is author of the first comprehensive publication dedicated to recording the special place of date palm-leaf architecture in the UAE’s cultural heritage called Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture, currently being published  by Thames & Hudson.

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