The Department of Architecture at the College of Engineering hosted recently international architect Francine Houben MSc, FRAIC, FAIA, HonFRIBA (1955), creative director/founding architect of Mecanoo Architects in Delft (The Netherlands) for a 4-days workshop.
The theme of the workshop was “Designing a Landmark for Ajman,” in which participants were invited to design a conceptual project that can architecturally distinguish the city of Ajman.
The participants proposed different designs for a public library in the Emirate of Ajman, under the supervision of Francine Houben, to stand as an epitome of the emirate’s architectural excellence. These projects will be presented to Ajman Municipality and Planning Department.
The workshop witnessed the launch of the book “Ideas of Design in Architecture,” prepared by Dr. Jihad Awad, Head of the Department of Architecture at Ajman University. This book consists of four volumes, and includes architectural projects of more than 80 international architects.
Dr. Awad expressed his gratitude to the University for supporting the department’s initiatives and praised the outstanding role played by the College of Engineering in bridging the gap between academia and the labor market.
Dr. Awad also pointed out that hosting architect Francine Houben who has completed a number of internationally known architectural works, such as the Library of Birmingham in the UK, largest library in Europe, will immensely benefit AUST students and other participants who are can avail from the expertise and knowledge of the international Dutch architect.
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