Noura Al Sayeh
b. 1983

Noura Al Sayeh-Holtrop is an architect and curator currently working at the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) as Advisor for Heritage Projects, where she is responsible for overseeing the planning and implementation of cultural institutions and museums, as well as the creation of an active agenda of exhibitions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.


Noura was the co-curator of ‘Reclaim’, Bahrain's first participation at the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010 that was awarded a Golden Lion, and the Deputy Commissioner General for ‘Archaeologies of Green’, Bahrain’s National Pavilion at the Expo Milan 2015, awarded a Silver Medal for Best Architecture and Landscape. Since 2015, she heads the ‘Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy’ UNESCO World Heritage project, which has been awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the 2019 cycle.

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Noura Al Sayeh Holtrop