Álvaro Siza & Sahel Al-Hiyari

Protégé Sahel Al-Hiyari assesses his design of the Bilbeisi Residence in the Jordan Valley.

Protégé Sahel Al-Hiyari assesses his design of the Bilbeisi Residence in the Jordan Valley.

“When I was born…I opened my eyes, and the first thing I saw was the pyramids,” Sahel Al-Hiyari says of his infancy.

“When I was born…I opened my eyes, and the first thing I saw was the pyramids,” Sahel Al-Hiyari says of his infancy.

Sahel Al-Hiyari’s Bilbeisi Residence, The Jordan Valley.

Sahel Al-Hiyari’s Bilbeisi Residence, The Jordan Valley.

Sahel Al-Hiyari looks out on the landscape at Mukawir, the place of Herodots Palace.

Sahel Al-Hiyari looks out on the landscape at Mukawir, the place of Herodots Palace.

Sahel Al-Hiyari: “I would always like to be able to design a single room.”

Sahel Al-Hiyari: “I would always like to be able to design a single room.”

Sahel Al-Hiyari works on a design in his studio.

Sahel Al-Hiyari works on a design in his studio.

Sahel Al-Hiyari exhibits his paintings in the Zara Gallery, Amman. His pictures are on the floor and the middle of the wall.

Sahel Al-Hiyari exhibits his paintings in the Zara Gallery, Amman. His pictures are on the floor and the middle of the wall.

Sahel Al-Hiyari in downtown Amman by night.

Sahel Al-Hiyari in downtown Amman by night.

Protégé, Sahel Al-Hiyari, consults with his mentor, Álvaro Siza.

Protégé, Sahel Al-Hiyari, consults with his mentor, Álvaro Siza.

“The power of a building lies only partly in who makes it. Greater power comes from who uses it, and what is done there,” says mentor, Álvaro Siza.

“The power of a building lies only partly in who makes it. Greater power comes from who uses it, and what is done there,” says mentor, Álvaro Siza.

Boa Nova Restaurant, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.

Boa Nova Restaurant, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.

School of Architecture, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.

School of Architecture, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.

Serralves Museum, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.

Serralves Museum, Porto, designed by Álvaro Siza.