UAE student among four contenders for architecture award

DUBAI — UAE student, Amin Alsaden, is among the four international contenders for Architecture+ Aspiring Architect Award 2004 to be announced at a gala event on December 20 at Dubai Media City.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Sat 18 Dec 2004, 11:15 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

The award and a handsome cash prize will be conferred on the most deserving student in the presence of international jurists, architects and other select audiences.

Intended to reward international architects, landscapers, urban designers and planners, and students for their thematic contributions to ‘Design for a New World’, the Architecture+ Award 2004 have received entries from several countries around the globe. The multi-tier judging process is in its final stages, with a panel of jurists convening in Dubai this week to make their choices from among 77 finalists in 10 categories.

Rashid Taqui, CEO of Inhouse Creative and Publisher of Architecture+ magazine, organisers of the event, said that the key highlight of the 2004 Awards was undoubtedly the ‘Architecture+ Aspiring Architect Award’ for students. “With a cash prize of $ 10,000, it is the largest monetary prize for students of architecture and design around the world, and the competition has proved worthy enough of attracting the very best from all parts of the world,” he said.

Announcing the four finalists, he said that the contenders are Yu Ka Sing from the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (A Place Re-Instated); Alan Kueh from the RMIT University, Australia (Islamic Cultural Centre); Hussam Salama University of Southern California, USA (The future of Heritage in the Post Globalisation Era); and Amin Alsaden, American University of Sharjah, UAE (Psychiatric Clinic/Resort and Hair Salon).

Twentyfour-year-old Amin Alsaden is British of Iraqi origin and has just graduated Summa Cum Laude, topping his class at the AUS. His submission is that of a mental health clinic located in downtown Dubai that treats people with spatial phobias, by offering a carefully studied and comforting atmosphere.

According to the elated Alsaden, “I have submitted my project, very confident that it would get the recognition it deserves but being accepted as a finalist at the prestigious Architecture+ Awards is a real honour indeed. I look forward to the presentation of the Awards this week,” he said.

Alsaden is keen to pursue his higher studies in the field of architecture or design, and if he wins, will channel the cash prize towards gaining a Masters degree.

According to Taqui, the submissions were evaluated for performance against design brief, optimisation of design opportunities and sensitivity to sustainable development, with emphasis on projects accomplished in the New World — a creative reference to emerging countries in the Third World.

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