Transformation Strategies: European Architecture as Caregiver

  • Boyd, G. A. (Keynote speaker)
  • Ivan Blasi (Chair)
  • Emil Paulsen (Keynote speaker)
  • Sumaya Dabbagh (Keynote speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


The Fundació Mies van der Rohe, together with the European Union as an official participant at the Expo 2020 Dubai, presents the keynote round table “Transformation Strategies” at the Ireland Pavilion of the Expo 2020 Dubai UAE. A proposal in the framework of the exhibition “Transformation Strategies. European Architecture as Caregiver” that has been possible through the Creative Europe program, which analizes these challenges through examples of excellent architectural transformations that have been carried out in Europe and that have been highlighted by different juries of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

Three exceptional participants, experts in political relationships between the United Arab Emirates and Europe, architecture and architectural theory and curatorship, will share their points of view on how transformation is an essential way to reduce our footprint on the planet. The collaboration between the EU and the United Arab Emirates on the Green transition towards COP28 in Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s own 2050 net-zero carbon objective will help further understand how different parts of the world are working towards common goals.

Gary A. Boyd, architect, professor at Queens University, and curator.
Emil Paulsen, Diplomat at EU Delegation to the United Arab Emirates.
Sumaya Dabbagh, architect and founder of Dabbagh Architects in Dubai.

Moderated by Ivan Blasi, curator of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.
Period17 Dec 2021
Held atFundació Mies van der Rohe, Spain
Degree of RecognitionInternational