Ola Hassanain

Ola Hassanain, born 1985, Khartoum, Sudan, lives and works between Khartoum, Sudan and Utrecht, Netherlands. Early in her architecture career, Hassanain developed a growing sense of frustration concerning the gap between architectural theory and the real-world actualities of the built environment. As she pursued advanced degrees, she trained her focus on the subtle politics of space. When her family scattered across the globe due to economic collapse in Sudan, her fascination with the ways the built environment reflects, responds to, and shapes the lives of those who inhabit it increased. Her most recent work explores the idea of “space as discourse,” an expanded notion of space that encompasses political and environmental questions. Hassanain’s honours include the University of Westminster’s Quintin Hogg Trust scholarship, a BAK Fellowship, and a Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development grant. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.