Noor Al Alabdulmalik
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 award-winning designer Jon Sealey's pick!
Kashkul: Multi-sensory Arab Language Centre for Arab Youth in Qatar
Jon’s works have been published globally for projects such as The Thailine – a 960,000 sq.m redevelopment proposal and the J Capsule Hotel, Shanghai. His works include major hospitality complexes, infrastructure and fashion lines but his interest really lies in interior design.
Jon is currently serving as the Head of Interior Design for AEB in Doha taking on major works nationally. Notably, he is the lead designer for the headquarters of Qatar Energy, which reins as the world’s largest corporate workplace fit out. His clients range from Fashion TV to Qatar’s Ministry of Interior and The Central Bank of Qatar.
Jon’s passion is to create unique spaces which integrate communities and foster local interaction. The Bangkok Skyride, which saw Jon as creative head, is a prime example of social, political and communal integration. The project led Jon to present at the annual Shell symposium in Bangkok to the Minister of Transportation and The British Ambassador.
Jon is a regular public speaker at conferences around the world and has had multiple works published. Working as Creative Director, Design Director and Head of Interior Design, Jon believes in creating emotional and memorable spaces which are sustainable and hold a degree of sensitivity.
About the Selected Project: 'Kashkul: Multi-sensory Arab Language Centre for Arab Youth in Qatar'
The proposal unravels the intricacies of the Arabic language and presents them with such respect and sensitivity. The message is simple – make people understand the importance of the Arabic language. The execution and attention to detail has been tailored to suite a very clear narrative which is evident throughout the interior.
For a project to achieve such memorable quality it requires thought, understanding and thorough investigation. All of which are clearly presented here. This project is a fine example of why heritage should never be forgotten and be showcased for all to understand and admire.
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.
Mohammoud Njoud Al-Suwaidi
Faculty: Mohammad Nabil Suleiman, Chair
Liam Colquhoun, Matthew P Holmes Dallimore, Erik J. Granberg, Haitham El-Hammali, Li Han, Simone Carena, Sherin Karawia, Marwa Abdelmonem
Mohammad Suleiman, Department Chair
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