The Gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) is to present ‘100 Thoughts: Chapter 1,’ by London and Doha-based architect and urbanist Tim Makower.

Open to the public, the exhibition is scheduled from 15 September to 16 October 2014 with an opening reception on Monday 15 September 2014 at 6 pm at the Gallery at VCUQatar.

Tim Makower has been creating sketchbooks, not in a conscious way but rather as an extension of himself, throughout his time in Doha. As such these small books reflect his fleeting thoughts, ideas and moments in a very direct and personal way. Makower said:

It is good to draw: it is a way of seeing. The hand can think; just like the mind. As we pass through our daily lives, we miss so much – so much of beauty, interest and depth. We skate the surface and all too rarely stop to look and listen to what lies beneath.  To stop momentarily and allow the pencil to make marks is to feel an electric current passing between our hands, our minds, our eyes and the world around us. It reveals energy and unlocks thoughts which may seem obvious but all too often come and go un-born.’

Makower is principal of Makower Architects, an international practice specialising in architecture and urbanism, based in Doha and London. His current projects include a new apartment building in West London, the Al Rayyan Gate masterplan in Doha, and a heritage-lead masterplan for Doha’s city centre. Makower is deeply engaged in culture, history and academia and is a frequent guest speaker at public events and forums. He is also the founder of ’10×10 Drawing the City’ London, The Old Doha Prize including a week-long design residency for UK and Qatari architects, and other cultural initiatives.

Exhibitions and Speaker Curator, Caitlin Doherty, said:

100 Thoughts: Chapter 1’ is a wonderful way to start this year’s gallery programme at VCUQatar. The simplicity of the medium is emphasised, yet each sketchbook holds starting points to different moments that Tim himself has explored. By exhibiting them in the gallery context, we invite the viewer to share his journeys, as well as construct their own personal narratives or ‘100 Thoughts’ in Doha.”

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design.

For more information, visit VCUQatar’s website or email VCUQatar Exhibitions and Speaker Curator Caitlin Doherty at [email protected].