Ali Labib Gabr

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Ali Labib Gabr is an Egyptian architect. He was Dean of the School of Architecture of Cairo University. He is among the pioneers of modern architecture in Egypt and designed several buildings in Cairo, in particular in the area of Zamalek.[1]

He studied architecture in England at a time when Frank Lloyd Wright was influential and Le Corbusier and Hausmann were still evoked in Paris. Committed to bringing back part of what he had seen, together with Garo Balyan and Max Edrei (designers of the Union Vie Building on Gabalaya Street); and Antoine Selim Nahas (author of Lebon), he was bent on making a difference in Cairo.[2]

He worked between 1920 and 1950.


  • Ali Labib Gabr Bldg, Ibn Zanki Street, Zamalek
  • Villa Erfan-Liscovitch, Road 85 Maadi
  • Ali Hussein Bey Ayoub (1940), No. 25 Abu El Feda Street, Zamalek,
  • Lebanese Embassy in Zamalek (1939) Mansour Mohamed Street,
  • Yehya Bldg (circa 1951) in Zamalek where composer Abdel Wahab lived
  • Villa Dr. Mohammed Bey Rida (1932) (as of 1949 Indian Embassy residence), Mohammed Mazhar Street, Zamalek.
  • remodelled Villa Murro Pasha on Ibn Zanki Street, Zamalek
  • Possibly the Giza governorate HQ, Pyramids Road.
  • Indian Embassy residence on Zamalek's Mohammed Mazhar Street. (art-deco style)

One of his iconic buildings on Tahrir Square has been damaged by fire during the 2011 revolution.[3]


  1. ^ "Pioneer Architects of Egypt : Ali Labib Gabr". Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  2. ^ "LEBON". Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  3. ^ "Cairobserver — Modernist building damaged". 2011-12-15. Retrieved 2013-10-29.