This November, the Harvard Graduate School of Design's Ali Malkawi was honored with the Jordan Star of Science by Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein at the 2017 World Science Forum, held on the Jordanian shore of the Dead Sea. The award traditionally recognizes prominent Jordanian scientists who have excelled in various fields of science, research, medicine, engineering, physics, and technology.
Malkawi joined 13 other recipients, including a recent Nobel Prize nominee, to receive the honor from King Abdullah on November 7.
Malkawi leads a number of initiatives at the GSD. He is Professor of Architectural Technology as well as Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, a multi-disciplinary research institution that seeks to transform the building industry through a commitment to design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products, and Area Head of the Master in Design Studies (MDes) Energy and Environments concentration.
Among other responsibilities and honors, Malkawi serves as a consultant on many high profile projects, including airport designs, super towers (LOTTE, Seoul; World Trade Center, NY), industrial factories (Ferrari factory, Italy), cities (King Abdulla Atomic and Renewable City, Riyadh) and commercial and residential showcase projects. He has provided strategic guidance on building energy related topics to senior members of the Obama Administration, including the Vice President of the United States of America. He also innovates and leads efforts in sustainability framework developments and engages with energy policies in several countries, including leading the development of the first performance based sustainability rating system in the Middle East for the State of Qatar.