Egyptian architect Manar Moursi.
Egyptian architect Manar Moursi has been shortlisted for this year's arcVision competition, an annual contest that crowns the work of female architects who create innovative designs, both conceptually and in terms of execution.
The prize is handed to designs that are environmentally conscious and adaptable to social contexts.
The winning architect will be invited to attend a two-week workshop as part of Milan Design Week, which is set to take place in April.
The prize also includes a 50,000EUR grant. Winners are left to use the grant money for a design project in their home countries or abroad.
The all-women jury includes Shaikha Al-Maskari, member of the board of the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF); Daria Binardi, Italian writer and journalist; Ireland's Yvonne Farrell, co-founder of Grafton Architects; and Louisa Hutton, founder of Matthias Sauerbruch, a Berlin-based architecture firm.
Moursi was shortlisted for the prize during its first run in 2011. She is also the founder of Studio Meem, an interdisciplinary design studio based in Cairo with work spanning the fields of architecture, design and art.
Studio Meem’s first architectural project was recently constructed in Kuwait. Its architectural design of a disaster relief center in Istanbul with architect Omar Rabie was among the top eight projects shortlisted for the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award in 2011.
ArcVision was launched in 2013 by the Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC), the local branch of Italcementi, an Italian multinational company that produces cement, ready-mix concrete and construction aggregates.
The award for this year's contest will be announced tomorrow, Friday 6 March.