Rehabilitation of Place Lalla Yeddouna

About the competition

The Agency of Partnership for Progress (APP), with its implementing partner, the Agency for the Development and Rehabilitation of the city of Fez (ADER-Fès), is issuing this competition for the design of a site in the Medina of Fez, Morocco, known as Place Lalla Yeddouna.

The site of the competition, the Medina of Fes, is is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981.

The Medina is a mosaic of small-scale, modest, sand-colored houses, and its endless labyrinth of narrow streets, where we can find still preserved as a living museum, an antique mode of life, full of history and shrouded in mystery.

Results (competition over) : 

First prize : Mossessian & Partners, London/UK                                                                                                           Michel Mossessian with Yassir Khalil Studio, Casablanca/Morocco Yassir Khalil ;

Second prize : Ferretti-Marcelloni, Rome/Italy                                                                                                                     Laura Valeria Ferretti, Maurizio Marcelloni and Valeria Botti with Bahia Nouh, Fès/Morocco ;

Third prize : Moxon Architects, London/UK                                                                                                                       Benn Addy with Aime Kakon, Casablanca/Morocco ;

Timetable : 

  • Registration for phase 1 : 16 August to 15 October 2010
  • Jury Colloqiuim = 30 August 2010
  • Download for materials phase 1 : 20 September 2010
  • Site visit : 30 September 2010
  • Online forum Phase 1 : 20 September to 15 October 2010
  • Submission of entries phase 1 : 8 November 2010
  • Jury meeting phase 1 : 13 and 14 December 2010
  • Distribution of Advanced Competition Manual : 20 December 2010
  • Online forum phase 2 : 20 December 2010 to 21 January 2011
  • Participants colloqiuim phase 2 : 6 January 2011
  • Submission of entries phase 2 “Set A” : 19 February 2011
  • Submission of entries phase 2 “Set B” : 24 February 2011
  • Jury meeting phase 2 : 18 March 2011
  • Exhibition : 20 to 30 March 2011
Keywords : Cultural rehabilitation, Culture, Heritage, Sustainability

Theme and objectives

The Place Lalla Yeddouna is expected to be a cultural site exemplary of our time and the region, and a stimulator and generator for the development of other projects in Fez, its region and Morocco.

The competition task comprises the urban design for the Place Lalla Yeddouna, the preservation of historic buildings as well as the design of new buildings.

The principal objective of the Artisan and Fez Medina Project is to stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty among artisans and other citizens in the City of Fez. The primary goal of the Fez Medina Activity is to revitalize the Medina of Fez through the redesign and renovation of six strategically important sites that are among its cultural, historic and architectural treasures. It takes advantage of Fez’ rich cultural, historic and architectural resources, and its vibrant artisan sector to make each project site attractive for both residents and visitors.

The Medina of Fez was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, and therefore, preserving the cultural heritage and integrity of existing structures is of utmost importance. All project activities in the Medina must be conducted in a manner that protects this unique cultural resource and is consistent with Morocco’s commitments under the UNESCO Convention.

The competition is in two phases. That enhances the number and quality of design proposals in phase 1 and enables amendments and specifications of the proposed designs in phase 2. In phase 1 the jury chooses the most potential of the design proposals and makes recommendations for a further design development in phase 2.

Key criteria

The projects proposed by the participants has to take in consideration many important aspects of the site and its global situation. The jury will judge the projects on the following criteria :

  • The integration in the urban context;
  • Architectural and fonctionnal aspects;
  • Rehabilitation and preservation;
  • Environmental sustainability (including bio-architecture, water problematics and use of renewable energy).

Jury Members

Expert Jurors :

  • Abbas El. Fassi, Prime Minister Kingdom of Morocco, Morocco
  • Bensalem Himmich, Minister of Culture, Morocco
  • Anis Birrou, State Secretary of Artisanat, Morocco
  • Samuel L.Kaplan, US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, USA
  • Mohamed Rharrabi, Governor of Fez, Morocco
  • Hamid Chabat, Mayor of Fez, Morocco

Deputy Expert Jurors :

  •  Youssef El Mrabet, Advisor to the Prime Minister’s Office,  Morocco
  •   Mohammed Ameziane Hassani, Architect, Minister of Culture, Morocco
  • Mohammed Msellek, Director of Strategic Development and Cooperation, Secretary of State for Artisanat (SECA), Morocco
  •  Richard Gaynor, Millennium Challenge Corporation, USA
  • Abdelkader Nadri, President of the Regional Council of Architects of Fez, Morocco
  • Fouad Serrhini, Director General of ADER-Fès, Morocco

Architectural Jurors :

  • Prof. Marc Angélil, Architect, USA and Switzerland
  • Dr. Stefano Bianca, Architect, Switzerland
  • Meisa Batayneh Maani, Architect, Jordan
  • David Chipperfield, Architect, United Kingdom
  • Omar Farkhani, Architect, Morocco
  • Prof. Rodolfo Machado, Architect, USA and Argentina
  • Prof. Matthias Sauerbruch, Architect, Germany and USA

Deputy architectural Jurors :

  • Mohamed Habib Begdouri Achkari, Architect, Morocco
  • Prof. Bruno Sauer, Architect, Spain


It is open to integrated multidisciplinary teams, led by one or more architects.


Congratulations to the winners listed above.

In addition, a total amount of US$ 120,000 excluding taxes will be reserved for the first three prizes according to an order of merit and will be distributed as follows :

  • First prize : 55,000 US$ excluding taxes;
  • Seconde prize : 40,000 US$ excluding taxes;
  • Third prize : 25,000 US$ excluding taxes;