Posted on February 27, 2012

Driving international collaborations aimed to benefit the engineering community in Qatar; the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has announced the launch of a micro-site inviting registrations for a bespoke conference featuring a line-up of celebrated women architects and engineers marking International Women's Day, March 8th 2012. 

The site is funded and created by partner organization, the National Association of Women in Construction-Qatar (NAWIC).

The conference with the theme ‘Women and the Sustainable Built Environment: Qatar Prospects’ will address issues and solutions pertaining to the built-environment. The first of its kind in Qatar, the conference will also pay homage to women’s growing influence in building the nation’s future.

The all-day conference will be held at Qatar Foundation Student Centre, Education City, in Doha and brings QGBC together with Qatar University, NAWIC, and the Royal Institute of British Architects-Gulf Chapter (RIBA).

The list of illustrious key-note speakers headlining the conference includes Kathryn Findlay, Holley Chant, Dr Rania Khalil, Paula Boast and Dr Anna Grichting. Their experience pool includes markets as diverse as Japan, Egypt, United Kingdom, the United States of America, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Mohamed Jaber, Head of Education Committee, QGBC commented, “We are extremely grateful to the organizations collaborating with us in bringing to Qatar inspirational figures like Kathryn Findlay who have left an indelible mark on how architecture is conceived globally. We are sure that our host of speakers will inspire more women to join the engineering and design streams and be part of building Qatar’s future sustainably. At QGBC we aim to foster an environment where the conversation of sustainability grows to envelop the entire engineering community. Creating this diverse knowledge-base directly attributes to Qatar National Vision 2030.”

The conference is aimed at professional and student audiences alike. Design professionals, construction consultants, commissioning bodies, clients, advisors and architectural enthusiasts are welcome to attend the conference to gain the unique insight applied by these experts.  

Registrations are open at the microsite  at