Representatives of the design industry took the opportunity on Friday night to meet 110 talented new designers from the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah as they prepare for their professional debut this summer.
The graduates’ work ranged from sustainable architecture, animation, story design and others; Where he raised the curtain on the diverse and innovative creative works of the graduates at the exhibition “Six Degrees” in the Dubai Design District. The exhibition, named after the college’s bachelor’s and master’s programs, and runs through Friday, June 3, showcases works in architecture and interior design, design management, multimedia design, visual communication and urban planning.
Dr. Varkey Balathucheril, Dean of the College, said: “The exhibition celebrates the achievements of the alumni and the impactful education provided by the faculty members of the College. It is true that we have recently received appreciation awards, as we are a leading center for architecture and design in the UAE, but the tangible proof of our impact is the success of our graduates, students and faculty members. ”
He added, “Every year the exhibition offers us an opportunity to reflect on the college’s role in shaping the UAE into a thriving center for architecture, art and design. By nurturing local design talent, which is on the global stage. “The college has made a huge impact on the creative industry in the UAE. I can confidently expect what this year’s graduates will achieve as they make their own way.”
Among this year’s graduates is architecture student Sarah Al-Dulaimi, an Iraqi Briton whose “echo machine” project explores the sabkha, or salt flats, in the UAE. She explored the use of salt coming from local sources as a building material to create elevated landscapes and gardens, which included wildlife and plants.
“The approach to architecture and design teaching at the university is very competitive and inclusive, and during my third year of study, I actually considered leaving the field,” she said. But after talking to my teachers, I became convinced to be patient until I saw how my efforts paid off. ”
Al-Dulaimi excelled until she was awarded the “Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement”, which includes full tuition and laboratory fees, as well as university housing fees in her final year of study. Then I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Today, she can obtain a professional license from the National Architectural Accreditation Board in the United States. After graduating, she intends to continue her postgraduate studies in architecture abroad.
As for Jordanian student Mai Ayman Awad, she holds a BA in Visual Communication. Her passion and interest in art and design, which began in early childhood, gave her the opportunity to study a wide range of fields, such as intercultural communication and the history of science and technology, through the university’s education system, which provide students with basic skills in critical analysis, problem solving and creativity. She said: “The college gave me the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses in design, animation, art and many more, which encouraged me to explore other diverse art fields. Which are not necessarily related to my major. not.”
The influence of the American style of education is evident in Awad’s work in Six Degrees, including a clay animation inspired by Greta Thunberg’s famous speech at the United Nations in 2019, and a children’s storybook that encourages younger generations to have diverse historical visuals. styles to explore. In ancient royal costumes, through Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire.
As the exhibition opened, the College of Architecture, Art and Design Award for Best Faculty Professor, based on a student nomination, was awarded to Camilo Cerro, for excellence in architecture teaching, Dr. the college. In addition, 24 awards were presented to the students, in honor of their academic achievements. The Dean of the College, which is the highest award for academic excellence, was awarded to architecture student Sarah El-Shaar, interior design students Lama Shadeed and Noura Al-Hafezi, multimedia design student Alaa Abdel Nabi, and visual communication student Mai Awwad. Katrina Halaseh, design management student, and Yara Ibrahim, urban planning student.
The MAD Award, which stands for Motivation, Behavior and Dedication, was awarded to students: Sahel Rata (Architecture), Tala Hassan (Interior Design), Alaa Abdel Nabi (Threatened Media Design), Marwa El Imam (Visual Communication), and Noah Franco (Visual Communication). Design Department), and Abubakar Ibragimov (Urban Planning). Dania Dara and Bayan Al-Masry received the Dean’s Service Award. The students selected Hala Al-Ani, an assistant professor at the college, to receive the Award for Excellence in Education.
The Dean’s Award for services for exemplary organizational leadership, university service, expanding college goals, citizenship and contributions to society was also awarded to Nadine Abdel Fattah, Sidra El Sayed and Racine Burnie.