Coinciding with Dubai Design Week 2019, the inaugural edition of Sharjah Architecture Triennial will be staged from 9 November 2019, reinforcing November as the annual meeting point for design in the region.

Curated by key note speaker on the Main Stage of the Dubai Design Week 2018 programme, Adrian Lahoud, Sharjah Architecture Triennial aims to serve as a platform for architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North and East Africa, and South and Southeast Asia, making architectural discourse accessible to a wider audience, including students and members of the general public, whilst advancing the contemporary practice and preservation of the region's rich modern heritage.

Set to take place 9 November, 2019 - 8 February, 2020, the event offers spaces for critical reflection and fosters research that situates the built environment within its complex social, economic, and cultural contexts. The vision is to activate the field of architecture in the public sphere; broadening the conversation and promoting buildings as well as urban spaces that respond to contemporary conditions.

Prior to his current role as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, Adrian Lahoud was director of the MA programme at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths and a research fellow in the Forensic Architecture ERC-funded project; studio master in the Projective Cities MPhil in Architecture and Urban Design at the Architectural Association; and director of the MArch Urban Design at the Bartlett, University College London.