Applications open for design residency in Qatar judged by Foster + Partners

Gulf-based designers are invited to participate in the Unlimited Doha Design Prize 2016 that offers a week-long residency in Doha, Qatar.

Hosted by the British Council, it is open to architects, urban designers, engineers, 3D designers, technologists and researchers.

During the residency 20 participants – 10 from the Gulf and 10 from the UK – will take part in a live one week design residency in Doha from 18 to 26 March.

Working in teams, the groups will research and explore the theme of ‘The Open City’ in addition to developing new ideas and innovative design solutions that will improve the experience of movement and accessibility in the city.

At the end of the residency the winning team will be awarded the Unlimited Doha Design Prize as well as a grant of $17,000 to be used in further developing the proposed projects as a team. This includes the implementation of the project in the form of an exhibition, research project or publication, installation or a film.

The jury includes Brian Timmoney of  Foster + Partners; Virginia Newman, director at KSR Architects and RIBA diversity ambassador; Tim Makower of Makower Architects; Professor Nick Tyler of CBE FREng, Professor of Civil Engineering, University College London, and Abdullah al Baker, Qatar Engineering Society.

“Those who take part will benefit from a chance to develop their creative thinking within a challenging, vibrant and constantly shifting cityscape and we expect that selected designers will come together to forge new partnerships and share ideas and best practice. We hope the prize will not only encourage people to participate, but also to think about how they can make the projects they work on in March 2016, a reality going forward,” said Stephen Stenning, British Council director arts of Middle East and North Africa.