|ALNAGFA, Alain Preconception Design Competition-Al Dar 22 September 2019:|
The competition is a collaborative outcome of the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the UAEU and Al Dar Properties in 2019. An immediate action from the partnership was the launch of a design competition that form part of the Architectural Engineering Department’s Housing and Urban Design course offered during spring 2019 semester. Four groups of 17 female AE students, supervised by Dr. Sahera Bleibleh, had developed and presented 4 different proposals for Al Nagfa – a sizeable vacant land parcel within Al Sanaiya industrial area of Al Ain. All proposals were evaluated by jointly by UAEU faculty members and Al Dar representatives. The project proposals were presented in the presence of Al Dar representatives. The winning groups were announced at the end of the semester ceremony attended by Al Dar representatives at the UAEU. In addition to financial awards for each group, the first group was offered an internship opportunity at Al Dar Properties.
It is worth mentioning that Al Dar is a permanent partner with the UAEU, and the MOU has recently been reconsidered for renewal, to move forward with the already established collaboration between the public and private sectors.
|3rd American University of Ras Al Khaimah Renewable Energy Competition November 15, 2018:|
AURAK Renewable Energy Competition is a forum for undergraduate students to showcase their research, exchange ideas, and improve their communication skills while competing for prizes.
The 2018 competition was sponsored by the Arab German Young Academy (AGYA). Prizes were awarded to students with the best poster presented at the competition. Eligible for participation were projects under the large umbrella of renewable energy or energy efficiency.
Two senior students, Shamma Al Kaabi and Fatema Al Zaabi, from the Architectural Engineering Department, represented in this 3rd year of the competition the College of Engineering of United Arab Emirates University with their graduation projects entitled "Indoor Agriculture Enhancing Energy Performance by Building Envelope". According to the two students, the experience of presenting their work to the esteemed judges and to other Universities was indeed very rewarding and worth the experience.
|Fatima Bint Hazza Foundation’s Battle for Education II Design Competition:|
This competition was focused on finding alternative design solutions for floating schools in Bangladesh, considering the need to strengthen the resiliency of the country’s primary education system in a context of rising sea levels due to climate change. The competition was announced in early September 2019 and an internal call was launched by UAEU’s Architectural Engineering Student Society (AESS) soon after.
Three groups of students showed interest in the AESS call for the competition and began researching the subject and sketching ideas. Weekly meetings were organized to support the students’ work, led by Dr. Martin Scoppa and with the continued assistance of Dr. Lindita Bande and Dr. Mohammed Al Battah. As the projects progressed and the designs evolved, numerous technical issues were also addressed. Notably the construction system and structure of the proposed designs, their floatability systems, and their ability to respond efficiently to the hot and humid climate of Bangladesh. Recyclable materials, passive and energy efficient systems, shading devices, renewable energy generation, water re-use, and integrated farming were explored and applied. The use of local materials and the need to design with local expertise and craftmanship in mind, was also discussed and integrated into the students’ proposals. Final presentations, including posters and videos were submitted to the Competition Jury in early January of 2021.
Ms. Aisha Osma Haj, Ms. Amna Aldarmaki, Ms. Ayesha Alhelli and Ms. Mahra Al Shamsi, from the AE Students Society placed among the top 5, winning teams. Besides being commended by the jury for the quality of their work, they received a certificate of achievement and a cash award. This is a remarkable achievement considering that more that 150 architecture students from UAE leading universities participated in the competition and their proposals were evaluated by an international jury.
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