Dr. Venus Suleiman Akef
Department of architectural Engineering – the University of Technology
Dr. Venus Suleiman Akef is an awards-winner architect and scholar. She received her Ph.D. is in Architecture and Design Strategies from the School of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2019.
Dr. Venus currently is a faculty member at the Department of Architecture, The University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq, with more than 17 years of academic experience.
She also serves as the Editor of Preservation Section at the Iraqi Journal of Architectural Engineering and Planning IQJAP 2019- present.
In addition, Dr. Venus is currently working as research assistant at the Iraq Hub for the international project led by university of Leeds, United Kingdom, (Re) Contextualizing Contested Heritage: Building Capacity & Designing Participatory Approaches to Preserve Cultural Heritage by the Youth 2020.
Dr. Venus Suleiman Akef is the Curator of Architecture for Positive Peace: The Role of Architecture in the Process of rebuilding Peace within conflict and postwar contexts. She is the first Iraqi architect and scholar to speak at the General Assembly of the United Nations, introducing the concept of her Ph.D. Dissertation.
She is the first woman winner of the Architect Prize of the Arab World, 2009, and the first women winner of Tamayouz, Excellence Award in Architecture, the Rising Star Category, of Women in Architecture and Construction, 2014
Dr. Venus Suleiman Akef is the Winner of Many Languages One World international Competition, organized by ELS Educational Services, Inc., and the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), 2016.
She participated in many national and international conferences such as:
- The 2017 National Humanities Conference by National Humanities Alliance (NHA) co-hosted with the Federation of State Humanities Councils. Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
- The Eighth Annual Conference, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA). Washington, D.C., USA.
- Charles Phelps Taft Research Center Symposium. The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA..
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