Exhibition “Buone Nuove. Women Changing Architecture” launches in Msheireb Downtown Doha

11 May, 2023


  • Organized by The Embassy of Italy in Qatar and Msheireb Properties until 19th August 2023

Doha, Qatar, May 13, 2023:

The Embassy of Italy in Qatar and Msheireb Properties opened the exhibition “Buone Nuove. Women Changing Architecture”, which is hosted in Msheireb Downtown Doha and will last until 19th August 2023.

“Buone Nuove. Women Changing Architecture” was inaugurated on Thursday, May 11th in the presence of HE Paolo Toschi, the Italian Ambassador to Qatar, Eng. Ali Al-kuwari, CEO of Msheireb Properties, curator Pippo Ciorra, featured architect and award-winner Alessandra Cianchetta, and local professionals.

The exhibition is curated by Pippo Ciorra, Elena Motisi and Elena Tinacci from MAXXI, National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome and produced by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation together with the Museum’s Foundation. It features the work of female designers and architects active in Italy and abroad, with the intention to map the contribution made by female architects, designers, duos, teams and collectives to present-day architecture around the world.

Divided into four sections – Stories of Italian Architects, Practices in Italy, Narrations and Visions, Women Architects in Qatar – the showcase includes not only Italian professionals, but also international female creatives. Through its different elements, “Buone Nuove” highlights how female personalities made an impact to modern and contemporary architecture at large, from the early pioneers of the 20th century to today’s archistars and studios led by women. Among those, the exhibition includes renowned names like Lina Bo Bardi, Gae Aulenti, Cini Boeri, Nanda Vigo, as well as some of the most relevant figures on the current scene and young professionals. The exhibition also features a series of video interviews with authors that reconstruct the stories and theories that accompany this narrative.

Doha’s showcase of “Buone Nuove” is also enriched by local materials curated by Msheireb Properties in cooperation with Qatar University. The Qatari additions highlight the contribution of women to Qatar’s architectural landscape, including the works of active professionals and from the students of Qatar University’s Department of Architecture.

“We are really excited to bring “Buone Nuove. Women Changing Architecture” in Doha. The topics of innovation in the architectural field and women empowerment are indeed two elements that closely link Italy and Qatar practices and policies” said Ambassador Paolo Toschi. “Thanks to our cooperation with Msheireb properties and MAXXI, Qatar’s public will be able to discover how much women professionals impacted on contemporary architecture in Italy, in Qatar and all over the world. We strongly believe that women’s creativity and empowerment plays a pivotal role towards innovation, social inclusion and sustainability, all factors that are both present in the exhibition and in our shared international agenda”.

Eng. Ali Al-kuwari, CEO of Msheireb Properties said: “We are delighted to host this inspirational exhibition at Msheireb Downtown Doha, in alignment with our vision to empower women and highlight their significant contributions across various business sectors. The women’s influence on Msheireb’s architecture is evident, both in its exterior and interior design. We extend our gratitude to the Embassy of Italy and MAXXI for their collaboration in presenting this exhibition, which exemplifies our shared values and objectives to elevate women’s roles in creative industries. We look forward to witnessing a successful fair that will further promote and enhance their position”.

The exhibition is open to public, free of access, in Msheireb Downtown Doha (Msheireb Properties Headquarters Building), daily until 19th August 2023. Opening hours are: Saturday through Thursday from 9:00 A.M – 7:00 P.M , and on Fridays from 3.00 PM – 7.00 PM