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Aya Kirresh

Dar al-Kalima University


Country: Palestine

ITP Year: 2011


Aya is a lecturer in the design and architecture department at Dar al-Kalima University, where she teaches design courses, drawing, marketing, and sustainable tourism. She also works as Program Officer at Alelieh for Science Education and Art where she coordinates in house network programmes with municipalities, museums, galleries, schools and organisations.

Aya is also currently working on expanding her own design business of wearable concreate and its technologies.

Aya joined the ITP as a student at Birzeit University in the Department of Architecture. Her major was in Architectural Engineering with a course in Ethnographic Museum Management. She is particularly interested in architectural history, planning and art and her graduation project focused on the Palestine National Zoo.

In 2013 Aya obtained a BSC in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University and in 2014 she finished her MA in Art and Space, with a Distinction, from Kingston University London.

In 2015 Aya became an artist in residence at Unidee and Citadillartte Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto, Italy before becoming a lecturer at Palestine Polytechnic University in the Department of Architecture (more specifically in public building and public spaces design) in 2016. As well as lecturing, Aya is also working on exhibition designs for the new Science Museum in Palestine.

Aya’s other achievements include being shortlisted for the young artist of the year award for the Qattan foundation, which was presented at the Qalandia International Biennale 2016.

At the British Museum
During her time on the International Training Programme in 2011, Aya was based in the Middle East Department and her partner placement was spent at Glasgow Museums.

In 2011 participants were asked to develop a proposal for a small temporary exhibition using an object from the British Museum’s collections. Aya’s exhibition project proposal was entitled Zoning Out.

ITP Newsletter Publications
ITP Newsletter Issue 2, Bulletin Board