Top UK architectural firm BDP commissions ALHOSN University students to build a display area at Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010
ALHOSN University, a leading Abu Dhabi-based university dedicated to high-quality and value-based education, has announced that BDP, one of the top architectural firms in the UK, has commissioned ALHOSN architecture students to participate in designing and building a display area for entries to ‘Places for People’ competition. The display area will be part of the prestigious Cityscape Abu Dhabi 2010, International Real Estate Investment and Development Event, running from April 18 to 21, 2010 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
BDP Abu Dhabi Director, Nadine Nackasha, has personally visited ALHOSN’s Studio Building to outline the project to the participating students, who will also be granted a summer internship at BDP. Nackasha explained that the display area will house entries to the ‘Places for People’ regional school competition organized by BDP which reflect design elements for creating special places for people to live. The entire construction process of the display area, which will take place from April 14 to 15, 2010, will be covered by local media. Participants will receive a special award from the BDP CEO Council during Cityscape Abu Dhabi’s Opening Ceremony.
“The BDP project is a great opportunity for ALHOSN’s architecture students to showcase their world-class skills. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for our university to help promote our talented architectural field to a regional audience. Moreover, as the UK’s top architectural practice, BDP is an excellent partner for us to advance our institutional philosophy of global knowledge with local vision,” said Dr. Naima Benkari Chair of the Department of Architecture, ALHOSN University.
BDP is Europe’s largest interdisciplinary corporate group of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists. It recently acquired an Abu Dhabi–based design, engineering, and project management firm (Syna Consulting Engineers) to further strengthen its Gulf presence with Abu Dhabi as its regional base.
Currently in its 5th year of operation, ALHOSN University has emerged as one of the UAE’s leading educational services providers. It offers 11 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs in three faculties accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to students of all nationalities. Its comprehensive architectural curriculum covers Cultural Knowledge, Design and Creative Development, Building Science, and Professional practice.