Arini is a nonprofit private study and research institution that curates and promotes workshops and studies in the fields of design, architecture and urbanism.
Founded in 2011 by three partners – Mohammad Aljabi, Heba Najada and Liyan Jabi – Arini seeks to expand the creative realm and advance the practice of architecture and urbanism beyond its traditional definition through workshops and studies of trans-disciplinary collaborations to bring forward live projects and publications that are reflected in the built environment and socio-economic life.
www.herskhazeen.com, an online magazine for architecture and design in the Arab World is operated by Arini
Liyan received her BA in architecture from the University of Jordan in 2009. From there, she explored several architectural and creative industries including architecture, spatial design and urbanism. Liyan is constantly exploring the notion of multidisciplinary design for social change through her work with marginalized societies in Jordan. Liyan spends her time on the hunt for what’s relevant and sought-after in contemporary architecture, design, urbanism, art, environment and pop culture through www.herskhazeen.com.
Heba is a current PhD student in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Jordan, and MA in Urban Design from the University of Sheffield. Heba’s research interests at Berkeley are on transnational ties and flows, refugees, dispossession and diaspora, the ethics and politics of humanitarianism, subjectivity and affect. Heba is also involved in research projects at the intersection of architecture, critical urbanism, anthropology and politics in addition to her writings in www.herskhazeen.com.
Mohammad holds a BA in Architecture from the University of Jordan, 2009 and double degree MS in Urbanism and Sustainable Design from the University of Stuttgart and the University of Ain Shams. Mohammad’s work and research focuses on studying the tremendous environmental, cultural, socio-economic and governance challenges resulting from the dynamic urban transformation around the globe. The urge to advance the practice of design and architecture in the Arab World lead him to co-launch Arini and www.herskhazeen.com.