The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) recently held its 9th Architecture Day under the theme Made in Qatar: Making the Difference.

The event featured the first edition of the Architecture Excellence Award sponsored by the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB). It also provided DAUP students with the opportunity to present and showcase their architectural projects designed under the supervision of DAUP faculty and in collaboration with governmental institutions and industry partners and architectural practices.

The projects cover various topics such as hospitality, touristic villages, housing, mosques, cultural centers, health care and sports facilities.

The winners of the Architecture Excellence Award were B.Arch. program senior students: Maryam Nasser Al Jufairi (first place), Aisha Abdulla Al Kuwari (second place), and Almaha Mohsen Alyafei and Maryam Shahein Alsulaiti (third place).

Commenting on the event CENG Dean Dr. Khalifa Al-Khalifa stressed the importance of the cemented relations with industry represented in the success of the students' projects which were displayed during the 9th Architecture Day. He said: The students' projects reflect CENG's commitment to show the innovation and quality of teaching which aligns with the pillars of Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030 in order to graduate the engineers and architects who can achieve QNV.

AEB Group CEO and Chief Architect Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah said: At AEB, we consider CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) as a commitment of now for a better tomorrow. Building on our existing relationship with Qatar University, we instituted AEB Architecture Excellence Award that aims to recognize and reward young and talented architects. The award recognizes exceptional architectural innovation of young architects in Qatar and celebrates graduates whose thinking and design approach pushes conventional boundaries. In addition, we continue to partner with Qatar University offering internship placements and training to their students. And, as a practicing architect myself, I am tremendously proud to say that some of our trainees have attained leading professional positions in the market.

DAUP Head Dr. Fodil Fadli said: Today's event represents the outcomes of the tremendous efforts and hard work of our students, faculty members and the support of our governmental collaborators and industrial partners. The architectural exhibition and related activities provide a wide range of architectural and urban design projects that feature the profession and community needs and aspirations in enhancing our cities and buildings towards more resilient sustainable futures by adopting a flexible yet contextual architecture.

Source: University of Qatar