April 13, 2017 – The Canadian University Dubai’s 5th Annual Interior Design Days ended with the presentation of $10,000 USD in award money to the winners of University Design Challenge issued by KOA, a unique real estate concept that aims to bring a new definition to residential living in the UAE. The company approached the university earlier in the spring semester with the idea of running the competition in order to allow the talented students to showcase their designs and come up with innovative solutions for KOA’s first development, Canvas.
Student Nesreen Shehada was awarded first place for her designs for a day-care, while students Saratu Adamu and Aminot Ojikutu came second. In addition, Hajar Chaharsoughi came first for her design of a co-working space and Henrique Wagner came second.
“I’m still shocked,” said Nesreen about her win. “This has certainly given me the motivation to keep working hard and focusing on my studies and career, and the award will help me achieve my goals.”
The student’s innovative designs focused on greenery and active open spaces with lots of bright natural light and neutral colors to encourage relaxation and creativity.
Serkan Gunay, CUD’s Interior Design Chair, said “We are very proud of all of the students who submitted projects to this competition. Submitting a design for consideration to a team of professional architects is a wonderful educational experience for our students, as the feedback they receive will certainly color all of their projects moving forward in their academic careers. I’m very impressed with the submissions put forward and I think our students did an excellent job presenting mature and innovative designs that stood out in both their professional quality and creativity.”
Mohammed Bin Zaal, CEO and Founder of KOA, said: “The aim of the University Design Challenge was to provide a space to young and creative talents to demonstrate their design skills and we have been thrilled by the final work of the students – they set the bar very high. Their innovative solutions clearly reflected Canvas’ unique concept. ”
Interior Design Days also featured a display of other student design works, as well as a lecture dedicated to famed Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen, who is remembered for his neo-futuristic style and his works including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (including the Gateway Arch) in St. Louis, Missouri, the Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, the TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
A workshop highlighting the use of ergonomics by furniture designer Herman Miller was also held with Jennie M. Stallings, Dealer Support and Training Manager at Herman Miller Middle East & Africa. Two of Herman Millers popular office chairs were used as examples of how humans interact with other objects, and how this theory can be used to improve furniture in terms of both comfort and utility.