We asked special guests to choose a student whose work must be highlighted, whose talents they want to share with the world and whose names we’ll all soon know in Qatar.
Discover Interior Designer Virginia Lung's pick!
Experiential Edutainment Center Addressing the Near Extinction of Bees
This thesis is about a multi-functional play center that addresses the near extinction of bees through experimental edutainment including active play, arts and crafts, gardening, leisure areas and much more.
Founder of One Plus Partnership, Virginia Lung has won over 700 international awards for their designs of cinemas, F&B outlets, retail stores, club houses and sales offices.
Virginia’s worldwide achievements in renowned awards include winning 21 Iconic Design Awards, the most Best of Best Awards in history; Frame Awards – Cinema of the Year Award; 21 Awards with two Gold Awards in iF Design Awards; 36 IIDA Awards, with grand awards Overall Winner and Best of Competition. She was awarded Best in 10 Award in Best of Year Awards, as the best design in the previous decade. Virginia was also the sole winner of Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award.
She adjudicated for German Design Award, INSIDE Festival of Interiors, NeoCon, and K-Design Award. Her projects were exhibited internationally, including Venice Biennale 2016. She is a columnist for JESSICA Magazine, previous writer for Hong Kong Standard and Sing Tao Daily.
About the Selected Project: 'AYAH'
The ‘AYAH’ project has stood out from the rest mainly because of its consistent design elements which connected tightly with the theme.
Based on the ‘bee’ concept, the designer developed a series of correlated colour schemes, patterns – in the form of bees, hives, flowers etc. Each detail is meticulously planned and conveyed in such a rich combination of shapes and palettes. The play areas are artfully designed yet entertaining at the same time – I can already imagine children would be having so much fun interacting with all the whimsical installations.
The VCUarts Qatar Interior Design curriculum is curated to provide a rich and challenging pedagogical experience that explores many diverse aspects of the industry, from environmental psychology and evidence-based design to technical proficiency with a range of industry-standard tools and emerging technologies.
The task of navigating this journey has, of course, been given an added dimension by the unforeseen circumstances thrust upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the fact that our graduating class were able to adapt and respond so well speaks volumes for their determination and resourcefulness – traits that will stand them in good stead, whether they choose to step into the professional arena or continue their education. Mabruk.
Asma Al Mohannadi
Fatima Al Najar
Nour Al Areed
Shaika Al Meghaisib
Liam Colquhoun, Interim Chair
Matthew P Holmes Dallimore, Erik J. Granberg, Haitham El-Hammali, Li Han, Mohammad Nabil Suleiman, Marwa Abdelmonem and Sherin Karawia
Liam Colquhoun, Department Chair
The IDES BFA project highlight, selected by Virginia Lung, was developed by Maryam Al-Kuwari who chose to address the environmentally significant issue of declining bee population in her thesis project, Ayah. The project builds upon analytical inquiry and culminates in a proposed space that informs its users through the medium of play. This project showcases the range of skills that Maryam has acquired over her time in our program – a true ‘capstone’ to her educational journey in the VCUarts Qatar Interior Design department and a pivotal moment in her development as a designer.
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