Sari Khaiyat

Sari Khaiyat

Chicago, IL, US

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Master of architecture student at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Expected to graduate in May 2018. 

My approach to design begins with formatting conventional ideas towards buildings typologies. Instead, I aim to examine how [spaces / objects] are re-formed into the realities of the now and then. It is always a question of what space should do, not what a building already is. 

I have no prioritized interest in the formal result of a certain space. I am, however, interested in examining the design narrative of how space; with the end user in mind; is to be formed. A task that cannot be done; in my opinion; without having a broader understating of the architectural agency within the social, political and economic realms. 

In terms of technical skills, I am interested in geometry explorations through parametric design tools and I am comfortable using either Rhino, Revit, and AutoCAD to communicate design ideas. In terms of professional credentials; on the short term; I intend to become both a licensed and a LEED-certified architect.

With that being said, I look forward to collaborating with creatives from different disciplines, and to get engaged in conversations that nurture our roles as agents for positive urban development.



Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Teacher Assistant

. Taught second year architecture students basic skills in Photoshop, Illustrator
and Revit through weekend workshop sessions.
. Provided students with educational resources.

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Technical Committee, Ministry of Higher Education, Jeddah, SA, Project Architect

Holy Mosque of Madinah Masterplan expansion

. Proposed urban design solutions and alternatives to international consultants
. Structured, prepared and sent RFPs to international consultants
. Researched urban design issues related to the masterplan design

Aug 2014 - Nov 2015

Mohamed Harasani Architects, Jeddah, SA, Project Architect

Al Rayyan Palace, private residential complex, Doha, Qatar

. Participated in proposing an independent concept that was chosen by the client.
. Designed and developed the schematic design phase.
. Traveled to work alongside RAFT architects, partners in New York, NY.
. Coordinated interior design works with March and White, partners in the UK.
. Traveled to Qatar occasionally for client presentations.

ABS Palace, private residential complex, Riyadh, KSA

. Developed the concept and schematic design phase.
. Managed and coordinated the landscape detailed design with EDCO, UK.

Al Sulaimi Farm Palace, private residential complex, Doha, Qatar

. Initiated and developed conceptual plans, elevations and 3D digital models.

Prince Sultan Cultural Center Headquarters, Jeddah, KSA

. Created detailed plans and elevations.
. Coordinated the design with MEP and structure engineers.

Jun 2012 - Aug 2014

Mohammed Harasani Architects, Jeddah, SA, Intern Architect

JCCI Tower, Jeddah, KSA

. 3D Modeled the tower structure
. Detailed the conceptual plans and sections

Feb 2012 - May 2012


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, MArch, Architecture

GPA ( 3.88 / 4.00 )

Aug 2016 - May 2018

King Abdulaziz University, Faculty of Environmental Design, Jeddah, SA, BArch, Architecture

GPA (4.85 / 5.00)

Sep 2007 - May 2012


Brother Fifners scholarship award, Scholarship

Awarded to selected architecture projects from second year Master students in Illinois Institute of Technology


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