Design industry representatives took the opportunity on Friday evening to meet 110 talented new designers from the College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah as they prepared for their professional debuts this summer.
The graduates’ work varied between sustainable architecture, animation, story design, and others; Where the curtain was raised on the diverse and innovative creative works of the graduates at the Six Degrees exhibition in the Dubai Design District. The exhibition, named after the college’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and running until Friday, June 3, showcases works in architecture and interior design, design management, multimedia design, visual communication and urban planning.
Dr. Varkey Palathucheriel, 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 recognition 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, “Each year, the exhibition provides us with 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 on the global level, the college has made a huge impact on the creative industry in the UAE. I can confidently anticipate the successes of this year’s graduates as they make their own way.”
Among this year’s graduates is architecture student Sarah Al Dulaimi, an Iraqi-British whose “echo machine” project explores the sabkha, or salt flats, in the UAE. She explored the use of locally sourced salt as a building material to create elevated landscapes and gardens, which included wildlife and plants.
“The approach to architecture and design education 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 professors, I became convinced to be patient until I see how my efforts bear fruit.”
Al-Dulaimi excelled until she was awarded the “Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement”, which includes full class and laboratory fees, as well as university housing fees in her final year of study. Then I graduated with a Bachelor of 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 the Jordanian student, Mai Ayman Awad, she graduated with a BA in Visual Communication. Her passion and interest in art and design, which began in early childhood, allowed her to take advantage of 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 provides 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 fields of art that were 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 explore diverse historical visuals to explore patterns. In ancient royal costumes, through Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire.
As the exhibit opened, the College of Architecture, Art and Design Award for Best Faculty Professor, based on a student nomination, was awarded to Camilo Ciro, for excellence in architectural education, Dr. the college. In addition, 24 awards were presented to the students, in recognition 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. , design management student Katrina Halasa, and urban planning student Yara Ibrahim.
The MAD Award, which stands for Motivation, Behavior and Commitment, was awarded to students Sahel Rata (Architecture), Tala Hassan (Interior Design), Alaa Abdel Nabi (Endangered 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 chose Hala Al-Ani, an assistant professor at the college, to receive the Excellence in Teaching Award.
The Dean’s Service Award for exemplary organizational leadership, university service, furthering college goals, citizenship and contributions to society was also awarded to Nadine Abdel Fattah, Sidra El Sayed and Racine Burney.