Restoring the World’s Oldest Library


when I worked for him I understood what kind of architect I wanted to be. He’s a very humane and generous person, and I understood that I didn’t want to do commercial architecture. I wanted to do projects that have a soul and a history, and even if they are new, they have an innovative edge and make people’s lives better.

For Hazlitt, Bridey Heing interviews architect Aziza Chaouni on the restoration of the library of al-Qarawiyyin, the world’s oldest library, located in the city of Fez in Morocco.

Michelle Vider is a writer based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in The Toast, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, Baldhip Magazine, and others. Find her at or @meanchelled. More from this author →