Dr Mohamad Hafeda
First Year coordinator and studio tutor for BA (Hons) Architecture.
Role within the School
Diploma of Higher Studies in Interior Architecture, Master of Arts in Design for the Environment, Doctor of Philosophy
Mohamad is an artist and a designer whose current research investigates the negotiation of spaces of political-sectarian conflict. It also looks at the relationship between material and immaterial borders in contemporary Beirut. He is a founding partner of Febrik, a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research active in Palestinian refugee camps in the Middle East and marginal contexts in London. He joined Leeds Beckett University in 2014.
Inheritance Tree at the Serpentine Gallery, London, a six months residency to work with teenagers to explore the condition of migration and to construct new relations/situations in the public spaces of the Edgware Road area in London (2014-15). The Shop of Possibilities at the South London Gallery, London, a six months residency working with children to create a play library and a compressed playground for collecting, reusing and transforming everyday objects (2010 – 2012).
Edge of Play at Talbyeh camp, UNRWA, Amman, Jordan, a project to train community facilitators to work with children on exploring their play practices, leading to the development of the design of Edge of Play, a shared public space for children and women (2008 – 2011). Play Pockets at Nahr El-Bared refugee camp, UNRWA, North Lebanon; part of the reconstruction project of the camp, the project proposed intergenerational shared public spaces of play in response to the camp urban density and the lack of formal play spaces (2007 – 2010).
The Watchtower of Happiness, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK (2012); The Watchtower of Happiness & Other Landscapes of Occupation, at Mosaic Rooms, London (2012); Play, I Follow You, at the South London Gallery, London (2012); Exposure 2012, at the Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon (2012); Cities Methodologies 2012, at the Slade Research Centre, London (2012).
Mohamad is the co-editor of Narrating Beirut from its Borderlines (Heinrich Boll Foundation, 2011) and of Creative Refuge (Tadween, 2014).
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (category: visual arts) awarded for the PhD project and art installations series Bordering Practices (2012); Architecture Research Fund, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London (2011 – 2012); Global Supplementary Grant Program, Open Society Foundations, awarded for PhD studies (2011 –2012).