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Ola Hassanain

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Early in her architecture career, Ola Hassanain developed a growing sense of frustration over the gulf between architectural theory and the real-world actualities of the built environment. As she pursued advanced degrees, she trained her focus on the subtle politics of space—namely, how built spaces react to and reinforce gender roles and stereotypes. When her family scattered across the globe due to economic collapse in Sudan, her fascination with the ways the built environment reflects, responds to, and shapes the lives of those who inhabit it increased. Her most recent work explores the idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Hassanain’s honors include the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Trust scholarship, a BAK–basis voor actuele kunst fellowship, and a Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development grant. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.

Born 1985, Khartoum, Sudan; lives and works in Khartoum, Sudan and Utrecht, Netherlands