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Graduation Students of SCD have participated in Designing Omani Cultural Space for the third IDF Exhibition ( Interior Design & Furniture EXPO 2017) held from 23rd-26th of January, 2017 at Oman convention & Exhibition centre. However, the organizing Committee has postponed the execution of it till IDF 2018 due to financial pressure.
At early beginning of the project, students Ishraq Al Maawali; Fatma Al- Sidairi; Al Muzun Al Maawali, Zainab Al Jaafari has been asked to come up with a creative solution that represents Oman and shows some of its cultural values. The team comes up with a statement: " design proposal should provide a small space that represents Oman where visitors can stop by and live a moment with Omani cultural traditions. Rather than showcasing a broad range of Omani expertise, we want to develop a space with which the traditional elements of Omani architecture can be displayed. We want to design an envelope whose architecture is a demonstration for what is exhibiting."
By mid of December 2016, the team prepared proposal (1) and met the organizer Mr. Adel Osman. The Concept was that:
"The Omanis are very friendly and welcoming people, in our proposal we want to show the special way that Omanis welcome their guests. In order to express the concept of welcoming we searched for places and elements that can be interpreted directly by the receivers as welcoming. Two elements are used to express welcoming: the courtyard which is the reception space in the traditional Omani house; and the Omani "Luban" fragrance that is used for welcoming people. The exhibition is simply a courtyard that contains the Omani fragrance, and the opened doors are inviting visitors to come in and let the Luban scent to spread out.”
After discussing few issues with Mr. Osman, he rejected proposal 1 and asked the team to work on more vital, modern and indirect way of using Omani Architectural elements.
Accordingly, three students of the team (Ishraq Al Maawali; Fatma Al- Sidairi; Al Muzun Al Maawali) decided to change the concept taking into considerations the client's ambitious requirements. They carried out a new proposal in which a metaphoric phrase is used to describe their new concept" The portal."
In this Exhibition space of 6 by 6 meters a marina walkway, ship’s body &sails, Omani Castle and Omani Panoramic view have been all abstracted and used to give an image to this portal/exhibition space. The team prepared a central displaying area 2.5 by 2.5 meter for displaying a model of a traditional house in Bowsher that is "Bait Al Maqham", which has been implemented by a group of SCD students under the supervision of Mr. Milenko.
Dr. Soheir Hegazy was invited by the Arch. & Civil Engineering Dept. at SQU to participate in the above mentioned on the 3rd of May, 2017. The committee included other members, a representative of the Higher College of Technology, two SQU alumni, an internal lecturer and a representative of the civil engineering major. The jury started at 9:30 am and ended at 4:00 pm. One of the SQU graduates expressed her thanks to Dr. Soheir as she used one of her researches on the re-design of Omar bin Al Khatab School in Oman for blind & low vision students, in conducting her, i.e. the SQU graduate, project in designing a center for the disabled students. In addition the student conducted an interview with Dr. Soheir to explore more needed information, which took place three months ago
During the Lebanese American University (LAU), the SCD affiliated University, supporting visit, Mrs. Anderia Klat, the Interior Design representative, conducted a three day workshop from 2nd - 4th of April, 2017. Forty students, divided into 8 groups attended the workshop. The students explored ways of living in minimal spaces within all the comfort and quality of space an interior designer should offer. An overview on the technical part which involves light weight structures and building for temporary units was included. The workshop started with a presentation of the syllabus, a short overview on a few container projects and what EXPO Dubai involved. Each group prepared a study model of the two containers and exploring the different placement possibilities, the students worked on planet, elevations & sketches by hand. On day 2, the students developed the idea and added materials that highlighted and served the concept. The students prepared a model of scale 1:20. On day 3 an exhibition of students’ final projects was conducted. All the faculty members of the Dept. attended the exhibition. Constructive criticism and exchange of ideas and opinions of each project were provided.
Dr. Laui Al Jabori the HOD of Architecture and Interior Design Dept. invited the graduates of the Arch & Interior to participate in the above mentioned exhibition. The exhibition was held on the 3rd of May, 2017. Three of the graduates’ projects in the spring and fall 2016 were exhibited. The projects were for the following; students Al-Musun Mohamed Al- Ma’awali, Majda Najim Mohammed Al Balushi and Asma Abdulmaid Karij. Two of our students attended the exhibition and discussed the projects with the attendees. Our students’ projects were highly appreciated. A certificate of participation will be given to the students. The event was covered by the press.
Professor Gehl present at first his Arabic version of his book published by Muscat municipality and briefed on his profile how he turned to a new paradiam in architecture, architecture for people “Lively, Livable City, Sustainable City, Healthy City” instead of modernism and cities for car “Car invasion”. There was a demonstration for public spaces design at different cities
A Workshop was conducted by Ms Fareeha Usman on The students attended painting and ceramic workshops in turns .First half of students attended painting and learned swipe art and crayon etching with Ms.Fareeha .After an hour they finished and the other half of students joined the workshop.IT was an interesting experience for the students .They also got a chance to see the 3D work of Design and the portrait and figure drawings of the students of Ms.Fareeha which created a lot of interest and curiosity in students.The students were accompanied by their teacher Mrs….
Mr.Abid from Finearts department briefed the students in Arabic about the college.
Mrs. Ayah Abbasi was invited to attend as a member of jury committee for Design studio 3 project's submission on 16th March, 2017at Sultan Qaboos University.The jury lasted for the whole day. The committee consisted of several members from SQU in addition to Mrs. Ayah Abbasi.The general environment of the jury was positive and the projects submitted where good in general. The subject of the project was a multi-functional complex and the students were suggesting solutions for the habitat residential part as a first level's submission.
Design Studio I and II organized an exhibition based on the 2 dimensional works done for their students in summer and Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.The exhibition collected sixty-eight pieces of work related to Zentagle method, Assemblage technique combining different parts of animals, Collagraphy technique and Copy Art style through the topics of imaginary cities, aerial views and maps, animals, and words as images. The visitors could see students’ creativity and their personal approach to the art elements line, color, shape, space and texture and the principles of pattern, scale, harmony, and movement using different mediums such as black pen and acrylic as well as different sizes.
The integration of practice of realism in the Omani labor market and the theoretical study is one of the Arch Interior Design Dept.’s policies. Accordingly, 18 students of Design Tech. II visited the workshop of the wood working company Douglas OHI in Al Ghala industrial area
Responding to the recent educational theories of extramural education, the Architecture & Interior Design department of SCD conducted a field trip. Two under construction buildings in South Al-Hail were visited by 46 students of Design Technology I - 2 sections participated on February 26 & 27, 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Soheir Hegazy. The main objective of this course is to give students general information of the building construction, safety, and the execution phases following the design process.The students observed the initial stage of the construction, which began with the foundation system. They had a complete picture about construction constraints concerning the soil, weather, the used materials and techniques. They also watched the second phase of constructing the building: the main skeleton of slabs, beams and columns, in addition to the walls as exterior shell during the visit to the second under construction building; Apartment Hotel & a Commercial Building. In addition, they watched an example of a 6m underground basement of reinforced concrete bearing walls. The site manager of each building accompanied the students during their visits, answered all their inquiries, and showed them the working drawings, the same as prepared by the students during the course.
2nd Training & Career Fair / معرض التدريب والتوظيف الثاني
Graduation Ceremony 2017