Artist+Creative Director+Islamic Art Historian
Bahia is Creative Director with MI7-Cairo working on projects relevant to cultural heritage. She teaches at the American University in Cairo and is currently developing a Graphic Design program for the department of Performing and Visual Arts. She is also a PhD candidate at Leiden University in Holland. Her research is focused on Fatimid Kufic inscriptions on portable items in the Mediterranean basin and beyond. It is concerned with form versus content and the extent to which the medium dictated the message.
Her MA thesis entitled "Floriated Kufic on the Monuments of Fatimid Cairo" received the Nadia Niazi Thesis Award at AUC in 2009.
Bahia's design work has been on display at Traffic Gallery in Dubai-UAE, Beijing International Typography Exhibition in Beijing-China, Haus Der Kunts in Munich-Germany, and Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary in Italy.
Graduated from the American University in Beirut with a degree in Graphic Design in 1999, she worked as a Creative Director with several multinational advertising agencies in Beirut, Dubai and Cairo, developing international and regional advertising campaigns. She notably created a De Beers campaign which won an IAA (International Advertising Association) gold award.
Her book "A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif" was published in 2010 by Khatt Books in Amsterdam.