Occasionally, we at Boulder Dushanbe Sister Cities like to highlight one of our members. We are thrilled to introduce one of our newest members (and longtime friend) Hanaan Llewellyn.
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to an Afro-Arabian mother and a Euro-American father, Hanaan Llewellyn grew up between a West-African immigrant society in Makkah (Mecca) and a European-American society in Colorado. Hanaan just graduated this summer (2020) from the Program of Environmental Design (B. ENVD) in Architecture at CU-Boulder. Hanaan is now working as an Instructional Teacher Assistant for the Fall of 2020, and continues to work part time as an Administrative Assistant for Nate Jones, who is also a board member at BDSC.
Hanaan is most fascinated by exploring world heritage, culture, and architecture (primarily of the Islamic world, including Central Asia). She was part of the eighteen CU/ENVD students who assisted Maruf Mirakhmatov, our talented artisan from Tajikistan, in the Dushanbe Teahouse Restoration Project in 2018, and co-authored the regionalism chapter in the book “An Architecture Dialog: Learning from the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.”
As an architecture major, Hanaan hopes to better understand the design values and techniques of traditional architecture in relation to the environment and the evolution of culture, and then implement those vernacular values and principles into designing living spaces with advanced technologies and form/material-based passive design. Hanaan is also excited and honored to join as a new member of BDSC!