April 29th, 2019: Mr. Luca Donner, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has been called upon to share his professional expertise at two international events hosted in the month of March.
Mr. Donner was first invited to address an audience of faculty, students and members of the public as a guest speaker at the third edition of the Università IUAV di Venezia Academics Abroad Conference in Venice.
The event was organised by the University Rectorate together with the IUAV Alumni Association and was hosted at IUAV School of Doctoral Studies. It brought together former students of the institution, who are now involved in teaching and research overseas, to share their experiences and to explore opportunities for future academic collaborations.
Each of the invited speakers delivered a lecture around the theme ‘reading and interpreting the city where we live and work’ from an architectural perspective. Mr. Donner’s presentation, entitled ‘Dichotomy of a latent urban proximity: the DXB case’ explored the unique design landscape of Dubai.
Later in the month, Mr. Donner went on to share his expertise as a member of the 15-person jury selected to evaluate submissions under the Exhibition Design and Operation Tender for the Korean Pavilion at Dubai EXPO 2020.
Mr. Donner was invited to join the panel by the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and travelled to Seoul to review the proposals and hear the presentations delivered by the tenderers. He lended his expertise to the overall evaluation process, which considered a range of factors from the application of technology and operational strategies, to the coordination of graphics for merchandise, as well as the overall quality and contents of the exhibition design.
Speaking about the recent events, Mr. Donner said, “Being involved in such interactions is always a valuable two-way learning experience, bringing new insights from research and industry which we can go on to share and apply in a classroom setting with students at CUD.”