Qatar University’s (QU) College of Engineering Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) organized the Virtual Architecture Day 11/12 – version 2021, to display the graduate and undergraduate students’ projects.
The event was attended by Dr. Hassan Al Derham, QU President, Dr. Khalid Kamal Naji, QU-CENG Dean, Dr. Fodil Fadli, DAUP Head in addition to guests, architects and representatives from local and international institutions.
In his speech, Dr. Hassan Al-Derham said, “Over the last decade, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning has become an increasingly important part of Qatar University’s story. Our architecture and urban planning graduates have embarked on their professional careers to become essential players in the Qatari government, industry, and society. Architecture Day is an annual opportunity to display our future professionals’ immense drive and talent in architecture and urban planning”.
He also pointed out that projects and designs take into consideration sustainability, local cultural aspects, and quality standards in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.
Commenting on this occasion, Dr. Khaled Kamal Naji, said that this is an annual day of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and the exhibition of projects which express the designs and works of the students in the department, noting that the graduate students are also involved in this day and contribute through their practical experiences.
Dr. Fadli said “This year 11-12th Architecture Day is considered very special and unique in its conception. It brings together efforts and outputs of two years of work, since it was put on hold last year due to the circumstances imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This day is important for all of us at DAUP.”
“The 11-12 AD includes narrating and sharing experiences of our students and graduates over virtual presentations. This would enable both students and faculty share the experiences they received during their studies and research work. The architectural design projects of our students exhibit unlimited creativity and innovation skills. The virtual event concluded over a fascinating discussion involving architects and academics from Qatar and from around the world. We can confirm now that Architecture in Qatar has an even brighter future merging 21st century digital technologies with local cultural, social, and environmental aspects. DAUP students and faculty will lead the way towards healthier resilient cities and buildings,” he added.
Dr. Fadli stressed out that the department is in continuous growth and prosperity, and it always strives to provide the architecture discipline and profession in Qatar with high-quality standards and relevant expertise at local and global level. This perfectly aligns with the growth and development, and the architectural and urban prosperity in the State of Qatar, pointing out that the Bachelor of Architecture program is internationally certified by the US-based National Architectural Accrediting Board ( NAAB).
During the ceremony, names of the winners of the Architectural Excellence Award Competition which is sponsored by the Arab Engineering Bureau were announced. First prize went to Moza Ahmad J A Al-Obaidan, second winner was Aljaze Rashid A A AL-Naimi, while the third winner was Saaeda Nasser B E Al-Bader.
Dr. Fadli wished everybody a safe and successful end of Academic Year and greeted the audience by a positive message to meet during next year Virtual Architecture Day in a more “normal” circumstances.
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY