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Sir David Adjaye OBE is Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates. His broadly ranging influences, ingenious use of materials and sculptural ability have established him as an architect with an artist’s sensibility and vision. His largest project to date, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by the New York Times and the Beazley Design of the Year by the Design Museum.

Photograph by Ed Reeve

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Julia Koerner is an award-winning Austrian designer working at the convergence of architecture, product and fashion design, specialised in 3D-printing. She is founder of JK Design GmbH and faculty member at UCLA. Her recent collaborations include 3D-Printed Haute Couture and costumes for Hollywood blockbuster Black Panther.

Photograph by Pia Clodi

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Ahmed Alrefaie (OwaikeO) is an illustrator and graphic designer from Kuwait. Throughout his career, Ahmed’s fascination with the past grew year after year and he has become determined to bring over re-imaginings of the Middle Eastern traditions through his portrayal of simplistic yet vibrant illustrations.



The photographer/filmmaker Julia Leeb is focusing on isolated societies and blind spots of our world. Her book “North Korea – Anonymous Country“ was covered all around the world. Elle Magazine listed Julia Leeb within the 80 international characters and Refinery29 named her under the 29th most inspiring women in Germany.



Eric Landon is a world renowned ceramicist and founder/owner of The Tortus Ceramics studio in Copenhagen, where he handmakes unique vessels that embrace the idea that beauty is found in variety, and not in finalized vessel designs. Among the most followed craftspeople on social media, Eric has been responsible for bringing the art of pottery to broader global audience.


Nadir Nahdi is the founder of BENI, a channel highlighting young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds through meaningful and visually engaging content. His channel aims to cultivate a culture of radical empathy and honesty by introducing his fans to intimate, relatable and human stories about himself and other young change makers.

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Video-artists, producers, and publishers, Bêka and Lemoine focus their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and urban environment. Presented by The New-York Times as the "cult figures in the European architecture world", Bêka & Lemoine’s complete work has been acquired in 2016 by the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) for its permanent collection.


Rana Beiruti is the Director and co-founder of Amman Design Week, and the founder of platform, a curatorial initiative dedicated to building connections between designers and innovators in Jordan and the world. She is an independent curator and cultural manager in the fields of art, design, and architecture.


In the true definition of a “Majlis”, the session is a forum for discussion and conversation. It involves a moderated panel of three individuals from various backgrounds, disciplines, and experiences that shed light on how each practices and approaches narrative differently. The panelists belong to the local community, both national and expat, as a way to highlight and celebrate the melting pot that Doha is. One can only imagine and anticipate the rich conversations that will result when all these elements collide and interplay.

March 15, 2019 / 2:30 - 3:30 PM
Location: Atrium at VCUarts Qatar

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Fatima is a self-taught artist from Mauritania. The Doha-based artist dives into the depths of Arab history, fantasy, and mythology to create hallucinogenic dreamscapes that swing between the delicate and kafkaesque.

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Marco Williams is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, whose directing credits include: The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities; In Search of Our Fathers; Declarations: The Spiritual Deficit, and From Harlem to Harvard.

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Shk. Maryam Al-Thani is the curator and director of an upcoming Photography Festival at Qatar Museums (QM). Her work at QM encompasses working with public entities to develop community programmes and exhibit artworks. Al-Thani curated Photography for ‘Contemporary Art Qatar’ in Russia, amongst many other exhibitions. She holds a BA (Hons.) in Criticism, Communication, and Curation from Central Saint Martins.


Richard Lombard is a materials consultant working with both industry and education. Currently a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano School of Design, he has spent the past 20 years working with designers, architects, artists, faculty and students on issues related to material sourcing, selection, fabrication, and utilisation.

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