The Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) at CENG held its 8th Architecture Day on May 17.

Themed Less is More, the event was organized with the assistance of DAUP students through the American Institute of Architecture Students-QU Chapter (QU-AIAS), and was sponsored by the Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB).

The event provided DAUP students with the opportunity to present and showcase their architectural projects designed under the supervision of DAUP faculty and in collaboration with industry partners and architectural institutions. The projects covered various topics such as hotels, touristic villages, villas, mosques, cultural centres, hospitals, and housing.

The event included a symbolic T-shirt design competition and a panel discussion on Education and Professional Practice in the 21st Century by AEB CEO and Principal Architect Ibrahim Jaidah, DAUP Acting Head Dr Fodil Fadli, DAUP Professor Dr Attilio Petruccioli, Msheireb Properties Senior Architect Mr Fatma Fawzy, and Milan Polytechnic Professor Dr Massimo Tadi, as well as DAUP faculty, students and alumni.

Commenting on the event, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: The event reflects the cemented relationship between CENG and its stakeholders who are committed to support our students’ projects through the exchange of knowledge and experience, and to help them to innovate and to unlock their potential towards success. Through their creative projects, the students are responding to real-life architectural challenges, which will add a great value to the field of architecture.

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 industrial partners. The exhibition provides 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.

DAUP Assistant Professor and 8th Architecture Day exhibition curator Dr Anna Grichting said: It is important to engage our students in the organization of such events and to foster their leadership skills, as well as to engage them in discussions with professionals from the industry.

Source: Qatar University