An architect has predicted the country will soon become a nation of architectural columns, saying it is inevitable.
Mohamed Abou-Eli, an architect who lives in Egypt’s Nile Delta region, said the country’s economic and social development is currently hampered by a lack of skilled architects.
He said the government and business community are often reluctant to hire local architects, who he said are often paid less than their foreign counterparts.
He told Al Jazeera that Egypt’s current shortage of skilled designers, as well as a shortage of land for housing and office space, means that “it will come soon.”
Abou-Eli, who has lived in the Delta for nearly 30 years, said he has never seen a shortage in Egyptian architecture.
“I think we are in the middle of the era of architectural columns,” he said.
“There is a sense of urgency that it is important to be able to build.”
Egypt’s architecture shortageAbou‑Eli said a shortage could lead to a rise in demand for local architects.
“We will be very affected by the shortage, because it will affect the whole economy.
People will be unable to afford housing, because the government is planning to build new buildings,” he added.”
They will have to pay much more for the same amount of land, so the cost will go up.”
The cost of land will increase because of the shortage.
“Aboul Gheit, a professor at the University of Maryland, who studies Egyptian architecture, told Al-Jazeera that “this will be a very serious situation.””
In Egypt, architects are very important in the government.
They are considered the backbone of the economy,” he told Al Jazeeras.”
This is a problem in all Egypt because of a shortage.
And we have to keep this in mind, because of all the difficulties that we are facing.
“He added that there is a “crisis” of Egypt’s architectural industry, and a lack in skilled architects is a major contributor to the countrys structural woes.
AboulGheit said a lack will force Egyptians to turn to foreign designers.”
Foreign designers can only do so much.
They cannot replace Egypt’s own architects,” he explained.”
When they are not working, there is no way to recruit new architects.
They have to be imported.
“Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Nabi, reporting from Cairo, said that a shortage has been felt across Egypt since the early 1970s, when Egyptian officials sought to rebuild the country after the Arab Spring uprisings.
But the country has not experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity, and Egypt has fallen behind the region in many areas, including in healthcare, education and health care.
In December, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, a former general, was impeached and convicted on corruption charges.