Ahmad Tabbakh

Where are you from, originally?

I’m from Aleppo, Syria and moved to Turkey in 2012. In 2013 I moved to the United States, living in San Antonio, Texas for three years before moving to NYC.

What’s the biggest highlight of your career?

I collaborated with Daniel Libeskind on an installation that was exhibited at Dover Street Market during the launch for his recent book Edge of Order.

What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?

At Pratt, my studio partner and I won the Best Thesis award for our project entitled “This Project Was A Mistake.” Considering post-war reconstruction efforts that intentionally resist exact replications of pre-war conditions, our project interpreted machine learning outputs created from images of pre- and post-war Aleppo. We imagined citizens submitting photographs of sites that they would like to have reconstructed and contributing to a collective production of serial sections in built proposals.

What’s the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

A robotically-milled foam model of King Kong

Do you know about the technology we use here at Mancini – what are you most looking forward to exploring here?

Yes, I am most interested in furthering the integration of VR into architecture and introducing more technology like robotics and automation as design tools. I’m very excited to be working with Jeff in the Design Lab where we get to explore new ways of using technology in the design process – it gives me the great opportunity to learn new skills daily.