Sahel Al Hiyari (MArch '90) is the principal architect at Sahel Al Hiyari and Partners. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He carried out post-graduate work at the School of Architecture at the University of Venice, where he also taught from 1993-1995. In 2002, he was chosen as the first architect to receive the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, according to which he has been a protege of architect Alvaro Siza of Portugal. He has lectured in Columbia University, Harvard University, Physical Development Research Centre in Iran and Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has served as a reviewer and a member of the Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Additionally, he is a painter and has exhibited in Jordan, Lebanon and Italy.