AUS sponsor of Gulf chapter of British architects’ institute

SHARJAH - The American University of Sharjah (AUS) has become the official sponsor of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Gulf chapter

By (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Tue 13 Jul 2010, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:08 AM

The university will be a base for all architects practising across the GCC states with recognised UK qualifications.

The official registration and cooperate status comes under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Dr Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

AUS and the RIBA Gulf chapter have formed a natural partnership over the last 18 months with a principal focus on education of both students and the continuing professional development (CPD) of practicing RIBA architects as well.

This partnership is key to developing an awareness of the importance of improving design quality in the communities that architects serve. However the chapter also looks forward to working with all schools of architecture within the GCC.

“AUS is very pleased to be partnering with the RIBA in fostering an environment of excellence in continuing professional education for architects working in the region,” said Dr Peter Heath, Chancellor of AUS.

Simon Crispe, architect and the RIBA ambassador to the Gulf region said their relationship with AUS College of Architecture, Art and Design was fundamental in achieving this aim and had already resulted in an initiative to promote conscientious and appropriate design including a programme to develop a design for a small community school in Cameroon.

“Here students and practitioners have collaborated to both design and raise sufficient funding to construct the project in Africa over this summer season,” he said.

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