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Hisham Munir

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Hisham Munir
هشام منير
BornFebruary 11, 1930
EducationAmerican University of Beirut,

University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture,

University of Southern California
Baghdad City Hall (1975)

Hisham A. Munir (Arabic: هشام منير) is an Iraqi architect known for pioneering architectural modernism in Iraq.[1]

Early life


Hisham A. Munir was born in February, 1930 in Baghdad, Mandatory Iraq.[1] He studied at the American University of Beirut, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and University of Southern California, finishing his education in 1956.[2]



In 1959 Munir established Iraq's first architecture program at the University of Baghdad with Mohamed Makiya and Abdullah Ihsan Kamel.[1]

Ishtar Sheraton Hotel & Casino in Baghdad (1982)

In 1957 Munir worked with German architect Walter Gropius and his firm, The Architects Collaborative, in the design of the campus of the University of Baghdad.[3] Munir designed a number of major projects in the following three decades including the University of Mosul campus (1966), Iraqi Ministry of Interior (1974), Baghdad City Hall (1975), and Ishtar Sheraton Hotel & Casino in Baghdad (1982).[4][5]

Awards and honours


In 2017, Hisham received the Tamayouz Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievement.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Pioneer of modernist architecture in Iraq, Hisham Munir looks back on a lifetime of landmark projects". Middle East Architect. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. ^ "جريدة المدى | www.almadapaper.net". almadapaper.net. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. ^ "Hisham Munir". Archnet. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  4. ^ "المعمار العراقي هشام منير يستلم جائزة تميّز للإنجاز المعماري مدى الحياة 2017". TAMAYOUZ EXCELLENCE AWARD. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ A critical history of contemporary architecture : 1960-2010. Haddad, Elie,, Rifkind, David, 1968-. Surrey, England. p. 310. ISBN 9781472429384. OCLC 874156510.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)