Posted on May 31, 2016

Student projects on hotels, tourist villages, villas, mosques and other housing projects featured at the 7th Architecture Day held on May 18 by the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG).

The projects were exhibited by first-year, sophomore and senior students and ranged from conceptual abstract design, early-stage development of passive schools, medium-stage design of seaside tourist resorts design to more complex and sophisticated sustainable mixed-use high rise buildings in the West Bay area, as well as sustainable urban regeneration in the historic districts of Doha and its vicinity.

CENG dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said that the event stresses the relationship between DAUP, CENG, industry and the private sector that provides opportunities to motivate our students to excel and to prepare for life after graduation. “It reflects CENG commitment to engaging students’ talents and innovative spirit to produce high-quality solutions that reflect community and industry needs, and are in line with the goals and values of QNV 2030”, he added.

Acting head of department Dr Fodil Fadli said: “I commend our students on the quality of their projects which highlights the level of the teaching/learning environment at the department. It also shows their appreciation of community needs in terms of environment-friendly sustainable living”. Student Al Anoud Ali Al Mutawa explained that she had previously worked on a Passive House project, and her current project was a school that uses solar cells to reduce energy use. “In this, I am promoting a culture of energy-saving units”, she said.

Loloa Al Khaldi’s project is a hotel close to Hamad International Airport that will connect to The Pearl, Katara and the airport. It will be accessed by sea and land, and give visitors views of the sites on the way to the hotel. “I hope to add new ideas to architecture through my projects”, she said.