Ahmed Khadier is a Palestinian architect based in the UAE. Ahmed holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture with Honors from the American University of Sharjah. After his graduation, Ahmed worked at the office of Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston prior to moving back to the UAE where he was involved in multiple large scale and master planning projects. In 2010, Ahmed taught at the American University of Sharjah in the architecture program.
Ahmed currently leads the practice he co-founded in 2014, Pragma – a UAE based design studio operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism and research. Working on an array of projects across the MENA region, his interest in architecture lies in promoting a critical and humanist approach to design and space production responding to issues of program, climate and cultural identity. He is particularly interested in methodologies affecting the sustainable growth and “construction” of cities within the region.
In 2021, Pragma was selected by the Ministry of Culture and Youth in collaboration with the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation to design the UAE pavilion at the Floriade Expo in Almere, a horticulture event that takes place every 10 years. Ahmed and his team conceived a pavilion comprised of a Salt Water Garden surrounded with a 3D printed fully recyclable claustra wall. The garden was designed as a representation of productive circular agriculture bio-saline systems explored in the UAE for food and energy production.