Ahmed Ashmawy is a set designer at his core, though he has professionally worked within multiple design disciplines such as interior, graphic, and installation and museum display. Along with his design portfolio, he manages and implements the construction of sets, installations, and interior refurbishment plans done by other artists. He has given several workshops on scenography and mentored young set designers as part of the 2B Continued Theater Lab and Festival; worked on museum displays with the Ministry of Antiquities; implemented theater sets with international artists in Cairo as part of D-CAF; and with festivals and theaters all over the world for Temple Independent Theater Company.
Ashmawy is responsible for renovating the space that Maktabi now calls home. What were once two abandoned apartments that were falling apart, became the bright and cohesive space you see now. He also designed Maktabi’s management office, and oversaw its implementation. His theatre background shines through this particular space, with ropes dangling from the ceiling carrying an entire bookcase, and dramatically stained wood protruding from the walls.