Three graduating and three junior students from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) were awarded with the 2019 awards for Design Excellence by Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB) at a special event held earlier this month.

AEB Group CEO and Chief Architect Ibrahim Mohamed Jaidah, a longtime supporter and friend of VCUarts Qatar, presented the Arab Engineering Bureau Award for Design Excellence in Graphic Design to graduating student Reham Ahmed, and for Design Excellence in Interior Design to graduating students Naurin Najeeb and Yasamin Shaikhi.

The awards were instituted by Jaidah to encourage and assist graduating students as they start their careers as designers in Qatar and the region. Jaidah is recognised as a pioneer of a new architectural movement that combines the far-reaching influences of Islamic art with modern styles to create memorable landmark structures that are shaping Qatar.

By supporting creativity, we are playing a small but important role in raising the future generation of leaders in the design industry in Qatar and the region. I am pleased to see some of VCUarts Qatar alumni secure jobs and assume important positions in the government and private sector in Qatar, which is a testament to the quality of education at VCUarts Qatar.’

The Arab Engineering Bureau Award for Creative Achievement in Graphic Design was presented to graphic design junior Star (Destarte) Prieto, and for Creative Achievement in Interior Design to interior design juniors Raneem Arafeh and Nouf S Al Mohannadi.

These awards aim to help the junior students recognise their potential and encourage them to continue developing their skills through their senior year. The awards are a major highlight of the academic year for VCUarts Qatar students.

VCUarts Qatar’ Executive Dean Donald N Baker said the university was hugely grateful for the continued support of AEB over the past decade. He said that the awards also recognise the students’ commitment to their future careers in what may be considered a very ‘competitive’ and ‘demanding’ environment.

Besides the awards, AEB and Jaidah continue to partner with VCUarts Qatar by offering internship opportunities to VCUarts Qatar students.

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