Meisa Batayneh

Meisa Batayneh is the Founder and Principal architect of maisam architects & engineers, which was established in 1986 with offices in Amman and Abu Dhabi. Ms. Batayneh got her degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. Over her long and distinguished career, Ms. Batayneh has led multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale international and regional projects in the USA, Pakistan, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE. In addition to her passion for applying creativity, design, and innovation to enhance the built environment, she is actively engaged in social initiatives through national and international commissions and boards.

Ms. Batayneh was selected as a member of Amman Commission, which was entrusted with developing the greater Amman Masterplan. She is a founding member of the Jordan Green Building Council and the Middle East Leadership Association. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the King Abdullah II Center for Excellence. She was the first president of Jordan’s Business and Professional Women’s Association and served as a jury member on the Women in Business Cartier Awards. She was recognized as the Leading Arab Woman Architect by the Federation of Arab Architects and Engineers.

maisam’s work has won numerous global awards, including the ArchitzerA+ Popular Choice Award in 2015, LEAF Award in 2014 (for “A Gateway to Petra”), and multiple Arabian Property Awards. maisam’s work was also shortlisted for the World Architectural Festival (WAF) for the “Aqaba Bus Terminal” in 2009, “A Gateway to Petra” in 2012 and the “Petra Museum” in 2015. maisam won the World Architecture Festival’s Future Projects for “School in a Park” in 2019.

Ms. Batayneh joined the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in January 2020. She served as a member of the regional jury for Middle East Africa and is a Jury member of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards.

Ms Batayneh served on the Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2019 and was a member of the 2022 Award Steering Committee.

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