Maged Guerguis is the 2013 Recipient of the SOM Foundation’s $20,000 Travel / Research Fellowship. In May 2013, Mr. Guerguis received his M. Arch degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was honored with the 2013 Alumni Choice Award for Best Portfolio. Born and raised in Zagazig, Sharquia, Egypt, Maged received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2001 from Helwan University, Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, and received the 2002 Society of Egyptian Architects Award for Excellence in architectural design for his thesis project.
Prior to enrolling at UIC, Maged gained his initial professional experience in Cairo at the architecture firm Dar Al-Handasah, and subsequently in the office of AEC in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
From an early age, Maged had always been interested in all forms of visual arts as well as the sciences. While the art of creating things became the focus of his study at university, he also observed that, "…successful endeavors in any field have always relied on borrowing themes from other disciplines."
As an SOM Foundation Fellow, Maged will travel to scientific research institutions in Australia, Europe and North America, to carry out his research topic, “Soft Boundaries – The Emergence of Material Energies. Noting a personal long- term goal, "… to pursue a harmonious blend of a diverse set of fields as applied to the discipline of Architecture," Maged has observed that Architecture, "…has always kept a tight connection with the Sciences, and has always been influenced by discoveries of new materials and technologies."
Since graduation from UIC, Maged has been working as a project manager at the architecture firm Morgante Wilson in Evanston, Illinois.