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American University of Sharjah

December 8, 2015

The American University of Sharjah Department of Architecture is pleased to announce a number of award winning projects completed as part of the Design Build Initiative.

The Tarkeeb Wall, completed this fall under the guidance of Associate Professor William Sarnecky and Project Leader Layth Mahdi received the Design Award for design excellence in the Student Graduation Project Category at the 2015 AIA Middle East Design Awards. Fourteen students are credited with the completion of this project, which serves as a space for gathering and display at the entrance of the College of Architecture, Art, and Design. 

Be-ah Reclaimed Wall, the culmination of the inaugural interior design build studio led by Assistant Professor Daniel Chavez received an Honorable Mention in the Student Graduation Project Category at the 2015 AIA Middle East Design Awards. Taking advantage of reclaimed material from a local landfill, the studio and project served as the culmination of the interior design degree sequence.

Completed in the summer of 2015, the AVM Pavilion led by former Professor Assistant Kenneth Tracy won a Merit Award in the Student Graduation Project Category at this year's AIA Middle East Design Awards. Serving as the manifestation of a year long option studio, the jury "praise(d)" the student's design process and the "quality of the end product".

In the spring of this year, former Assistant Professor Emily Baker was honoured with a ACSA design build award in association with her fifth year Audi-Fab Research Studio. The project had previously won a 2014 AIA Middle East Merit Award in the Student Graduation Category.

Through the University’s support of the Design-Build Initiative directed by Professor Michael Hughes and the CAAD Labs directed by Assistant Professor Ammar Kalo the Department of Architecture is committed to full-scale teaching.   The College of Architecture, Art and Design Labs house an extensive and ever growing array of analog and digital equipment enabling faculty and student research in robotics, thermoforming, CNC milling / routing, rapid prototyping, wood and metal fabrication, and ceramics.   

(photo credits: William Sarnecky and Juan Roldan)

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