Thomas Modeen

Associate Professor

Contact

+974 4402 0739
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Specialization

Architecture, Design, Digital Fabrication Processes

Education

  • PhD Loughborough University
  • M.Phil Royal College of Art
  • AA Dipl. (MA) Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • BFA Parson's School of Design

Biography

Thomas has over 20 years of architectural practice experience in the design, planning and construction of a variety of interiors, buildings and urban projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East. Having a keen interest in various evolving technologies relating to architecture and design, he is also involved in various R&D ventures relating to the manufacturing and construction industries, specializing in the use of various CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacturing) in the realization of products, interiors and architecture. He’s taught at number of universities in the Europe, Asia, and the Middle-East and is currently faculty in the Graduate Program (MFA) in Design Studies, an Interdisciplinary Design program, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. He has lectured in Europe, United States, Asia, Australia and the Middle-East. His work has been widely exhibited in Europe and the Middle-East, including solo exhibitions at the Asia House and the nous Gallery in London, the la fontaine Centre Contemporary Art in Bahrain, and Dar Al-Funoon Gallery in Kuwait. He’s also partaken in group exhibitions at the RIBA and the Museum of Architecture/ Mosaic House in London; the Syn_athroisis group exhibition in Thessaloniki, and Athens, and at Pro Artibus in his native Finland. Recent endeavours include co-chairing the biannual Tasmeem-Doha conference in Doha, and a symposium on Interdisciplinary Practices within Design. Such endeavours have been pursued alongside a number of, both theory and practice based, design and architectural projects…

Research Interests

Thomas Modeen is interested in - designing environments and objects, both small and large, engaging with the people that use them, challenging the technologies and processes that build them, and exploring the conceptual, perceptual and sensory paradigms that define and unite them.

For examples of work please visit our website: http://www.architectsindependent.com

Presentations

  • 2014, Exploring the Definition & Practice of Interdisciplinary Design, Doha, Qatar
  • 2014, Contemp Art ’14, Istanbul, Turkey  
  • 2013, Tasmeem Doha 2013 – Hybrid Making, Doha, Qatar
  • 2011, Tasmeem Doha 2011 – Synapsis, Design as Connections, Doha, Qatar

Exhibitions

2014               

  • Strange Wonders Exhibition Msheireb Enrichment Center , Doha, Qatar, Exhibiting 3D Printed Artefacts
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE, Showing Furniture and Product designs

2013

  • Maker Faire, Rome, Italy, Exhibition of 3D Printed Objects
  • Kuwait Pop-Up Gallery, Katara Art Center, Doha, Qatar, Photographic Exhibition
  • Extraordinary Ordinary, La Fontaine Art Centre, Manama, Bahrain, Photographic Exhibition
  • Made in Qatar, Tasmeem-Doha, Qatar, Group Exhibition
  • Faculty Exhibition, Tasmeem-Doha, Qatar, Group Exhibition
  • MFA Department Exhibition, Tasmeem-Doha, Qatar, Group Exhibition

2012

  • Home, Mosaic Rooms, London, UK, Group Exhibition
  • Home Sweet Home, Tammisaari, Finland, Group Exhibition
  • Design Days Dubai, Dubai, UAE, Group Exhibition
  • F for Faculty Exhibition, VCUQ, Qatar, Group Exhibition

Showcase