Derar Ibrahim, Syrian Ismaili wins 2nd place in AIA Chicago’s Award in Architecture

Derar Alchikh Ibrahim was recently awarded second place in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago’s Award in Architecture student competition for his entry “Resilient School for Migrant Population”.

Derar’s transportable expandable, modular school can be airlifted to immigration camps to start in situ education for children in transition.



The Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) chose social justice theses from three SAIC students as meritorious. Derar Alchikh Ibrahim’s Resilient School for Migrant Populations received a 2nd place award. The award ceremony will be held on December 6th 2017.

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About Derar Alchikh Ibrahim

Derar Alchikh Ibrahim
Image courtesy of Derar A. Ibrahim

Derar Alchikh Ibrahim, a Syrian Ismaili moved from Salamieh, Syria in September of 2008 for a better future and education for his family.

Derar has a  Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.  as well as a Certificate in Historic Preservation.

Derar has always believed in giving back to the community and his jamati service includes:

  • Education Board: 2001 (Syria)
  • Social Welfare Board 2010 (USA)
  • ITREB Board 2013 to 2015 (USA)
  • Education Board 2017 – present (USA)


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