Meisa Batayneh, founder and principal architect of maisam architects & engineers (with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi), is engaged actively in social initiatives that are catalysts for architecture and urban design. Maisam’s work has won many global awards, including the Architzer A+ Popular Choice Award 2015, LEAF Award 2014 for “A Gateway to Petra”, and multiple Arabian Property Awards. Maisam’s work was shortlisted for the World Architectural Festival (WAF) three times: for the Aqaba Bus Terminal in 2009, A Gateway to Petra in 2012 and the Petra Museum in 2015.
Ms. Batayneh has been Chairperson of the Middle East’s Leadership Association and President of the Business and Professional Women Association of Jordan. She is also the founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council and the A/E Business Council. In 2015, she was recognised as the Leading Arab Woman Architect by the Committee for Arab Women Architects and Engineers. She served as a jury member of the Global Holcim Awards in 2015; from 2012 to 2015, she served on the jury of the Cartier Award. She was also selected as jury member for the 2018 edition of the World Architecture Festival. She is a trustee of the King Abdullah II Centre for Excellence.
Over her long and distinguished career, Ms. Batayneh has led multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale international and regional projects in USA, Pakistan, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Jordan. In addition to her passion for applying creativity, design, and innovation to enhance the built environment, Ms. Batayneh is actively involved in multiple NGOs and civil society organisations that focus on socioeconomic reform, women empowerment and entrepreneurship.
Ms. Batayneh was educated at the University of Texas at Arlington.