AUS first Middle Eastern university to take part in Milan design expo

Unprecedented in the Middle East, eight students and alumni from the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) will exhibit furniture at SaloneSatellite in Milan, Italy from April 17 – 22.

CAAD is the first and only design school invited to participate from the Middle East.

The participating students, an all-female group with Middle Eastern heritage, will be accompanied by two faculty members and the dean of the college to the exhibition. Created in 1998 in Milan, SaloneSatellite is the most significant gathering of promising international young designers and design schools.

After a very competitive selection process, CAAD was invited to join approximately 700 young designers and 18 international design schools for this year’s SaloneSatellite.

“We are very honoured to be the first university from the Middle East selected to exhibit at SaloneSatellite,” said Peter Di Sabatino, dean, College of Architecture, Art and Design, AUS.

“This furniture fair and design week in Milan is the most important annual design event globally; and the selection process for SaloneSatellite is extremely competitive. I am very proud of the students and faculty from the College of Architecture, Art and Design; they have done excellent work.”

The eight furniture pieces to be exhibited are all designed and built by the students; with four pieces from the Furniture Design Basics course taught by Bill Sarnecky, assistant professor, Architecture and four from a course called Form, Furniture and Graphics taught by Bill Sarnecky and Amir Berbic, associate professor, Design.

“After teaching beginning furniture design for five years at AUS, I teamed up this past semester with Amir Berbic to teach a new course entitled Form, Furniture and Graphics. Students in the course were encouraged to explore the potentially reciprocal relationship between two-dimensional graphics and three-dimensional form. Four of the eight pieces traveling to Milan for the exhibition emerged from this course,” said Sarnecky.

The students are Rasha Dakkak, Sarah Alagroobi, Maha Habib, Noor Jarrah, Ghenwa Soucar, Heba Hammad, Danah Al Kubaisy and Marwa Abdulla Hasan.

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