Teaching & Student Work

CREATING NEW FUTURES, ONE PROJECT AT A TIME

This project serves as a starting point towards finding connections between design and community engagement while helping develop students' confidence in their abilities as a researcher. As a community-researcher, students learn about the lives, experiences, opinions, and ideas of people and facilitate inclusiveness in their...

Sidra Zubairi captivated the crowd during her MFA thesis defense entitled “Gender Beyond Binary: Pakistan’s Hijra Community.” Her project is a vital exploration of how to support the transgender community in Pakistan through adaptable and transformative clothing. I am honored to have served as one...

Encouraging bilingual literacy is paramount to language and heritage conservation efforts in Qatar. Although Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation has produced a series of Arabic books that are a great start to a regional library, there is a need to expand access to children’s books’ that share...

Yesterday, our Junior Graphic Design students presented interactive prototypes at the Qatar Foundation Headquarters as part of the Qatar Dynamic History Information Platform. This project aims to link Qatar’s National historical narrative with regional and global events while fostering the development of a sense of...

Have you ever missed hearing your mother's lullabies? Or wanted to hear your father's comforting words during a time of stress? Mona Makhlouf's thesis delves into the beauty of these intangible sound memories and transforms them into tangible (and beautiful) objects. Brilliant! Check out Mona's thesis...

Wajiha Pervez's oral thesis defense today was an inspired examination of circular economies. She expertly shared her material explorations in paper-making and reused jeans from the fashion industry, sparking an exciting discussion about sharing this information with the VCUarts Qatar community through classes or workshops....

HoneyQueen, a little Bengali restaurant in Doha is getting a makeover thanks to a team of students winning 2nd place in the Wajha Project Competition! This regional honor and achievement was announced on March 25th during a live broadcast from Amman-Jordan, where Wajha founders Ali...