19 February-10 September 2012. The American University Cairo (AUC) Library hosts a special exhibition of architectural drawings, entitled The Architect and the Artist, by Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911–1974), who was one of Egypt's most prominent architects from the 20th century as well as a professor of art and architecture at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo. On display is a collection of drawings, which was donated after Wassef’s death to the Rare Books and Special Collections Library of the American University of Cairo and documents his career between 1935 and 1972.
Wassef studied architecture in France at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris. His thesis project, entitled A Potter's House in Old Cairo, was awarded in 1935. He had a passion for beauty in form and believed that beauty could not be separated from utility, the form from the material, the work from its function, man from his creative art.