It has been a rewarding semester co-teaching the 2019 edition of Senior Studio with Associate Professor Basma Hamdy. Our students worked on a wide range of topics for their thesis projects, from space exploration and mental health to Arabic typography and comparative religions. The culminating BFA + MFA Exhibition was an opportunity to showcase their outstanding work to a range of visitors from across Qatar. A massive shoutout to Basma for...

This has been an incredible semester exploring dystopian visions and contradictions of power with students in Co-Lab, a joint elective co-taught with Basma Hamdy. In this iteration of the collaborative studio, my “Design Activism” course joined forces with Basma's “Language + Context” course in a model of speculative inquiry aimed at responding to current socio-political positions of power and resistance. Our course links concepts from design fiction and futuring to...

How might we foster intercultural communication skills in the interaction design classroom? How might we support productive design collaborations between students in North America and the Middle East? These questions were the driving force behind a project that brought together students at VCUarts Qatar with students enrolled in Kelly Murdoch-Kitt's design course at the University of Michigan. Organized into cross-cultural teams, students participated in a seven-week intensive dedicated to considering...

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 identity unique to the nation. As part of the initiative, students devised prototypes around the notion of collaborative and interactive features that appeal to the general...

A final look at the “Shifting Spaces & Forgotten Walls” exhibition that was recently held at Art 29 at the W Doha Hotel & Residences. Through a series of photographs and videos, the exhibition provided a closer look at the diversity of Qatar’s atmospheric Old Al Rayyan Area. Qatar’s exponential economic growth since the 1970s has given rise to massive changes in city planning, with older buildings giving way to new...