09 February 2009

VCUQatar announces Professional Speakers and Ghanem bin Ali Group as a Sponsor for Mousharaka

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with Icograda is proud to announce the participation of Dr. Sami Angawi and Chris Abani as professional speakers for the Mousharaka conference. Mousharaka will take place at VCUQatar from 28 February to 5 March, 2009.

A former fellow of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Dr. Sami Angawi has a Doctorate of Philosophy in Islamic Architecture from the University of London, and a Master of Arts in Architecture from the University of Texas in Austin. He is the Founder and General Director of the AMAR Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The AMAR Center restores and rehabilitates traditional buildings and houses in Jeddah, Makkah Almumukaramah and Almadinah Almunawarah. The Center also maintains close contacts and collaborates with various universities, research institutions and professional organizations on both local and international levels. Dr. Angawi has offered several lectures on Hajj, Makkah, Madinah, and Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and he is a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Jeddah Chapter of Al Umran Saudi Association (Saudi Architectural Association).

Chris Abani has been described as a writer with mesmerizing power, embracing warmth, and transcendent compassion. He is a Professor at the University of California, Riverside and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize. His prose includes Song For Night, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, GraceLand, and Masters of the Board. His poetry collections are Hands Washing Water, Dog Woman, Daphne's Lot, and Kalakuta Republic. Mr. Abani has been described as an evocative speaker whose keynotes mix the personal and the political. His luminous talks are a vital statement on the redemptive power of art to battle tyranny and to remind us of our common humanity.

VCUQatar is also proud to announce Ghanem bin Ali Group as a sponsor for Mousharaka. The Ghanem bin Ali Group was established in 1979 and has under its umbrella the Centre, the Ramada, New Trade Gallery, New Printing Company, Ghanem Real Estate Division and Gulf Tourist and Travel Cargo, to name a few companies.

One of Qatar’s largest and oldest department stores, the 7000 square metre Centre opened in 1978 and till today houses up-market brands in jewelry, accessories, perfumes and household goods. Ghanem Real Estate Division is responsible for leasing 230 villas in Doha while Ghanem Real Estate Investment Co. is a prestigious residential complex consisting of 109 Spanish-style luxury villas with state-of-the-art facilities and the latest amenities available for tenants. New Printing Company boasts of the latest press facilities while Gulf Tourist and Travel Cargo has a team of experienced hands meeting the country’s travel and cargo needs.

Mousharaka / The Icograda Design Week in Qatar, presented by VCUQatar, is composed of the Education Symposium and the Professional Conference, where prominent speakers will share perspectives on design and design collaborations. VCUQatar is also spearheading the creation of MEDEA – the Middle East Design Educators Association - a platform for educators charged with getting the most out of design. For more information about Mousharaka, featured speakers and events, and to register please visit http://www.mousharaka.com/

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