Professor of Architecture Ali Rahim and Senior Lecturer in Architecture Hina Jamelle are among the contemporary architects, designers, artists and others profiled in a new book, Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century (Images Publishing, 2015). The work of Rahim and Jamelle's firm, Contemporary Architecture Practice, was included by the editors to represent a forward-thinking generation of creative people who are aware of global issues that urgently need solutions through imaginative design. The projects presented here show how these practitioners bridge disciplines, respect cultural norms, respond to human needs regardless of costs, and how they adopt team transparency in their passion to create and solve problems with a clear mission. Featured projects are sited in Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.
A distinguished five-person jury presided over the final selection made by authors Beverly Russell, Eva Maddox and Farooq Ameen: Stanley Tigerman, founding partner, Tiger McCurry, Chicago; Ralph Johnson, design principal, Perkins+Will, Chicago; Jeanne Gang, founder Gang Studio, Chicago; Marion Weiss, founding partner, Weiss Manfredi, New York; and Qingyun Ma, Dean of Architecture, University of Southern California, and founder MADAs.p.a.m., Shanghai and Beijing.