Pearls, Harrods and FIFA: (De)-Constructing Future Utopia, The Narrative of Doha, Qatar

The lecture will focus on Doha as an emerging knowledge and creative city and examine Doha’s elaborate attempt to construct a new contemporary identity within the knowledge-based urban development paradigm.

It will trace the change from resources and industrial economies to a creative and knowledge economy as it provokes an intellectual dialogue to articulate theoretical and practical approaches to face pressing architectural and urban issues.


VCUQatar Atrium, Education City, Doha

This lecture is open to the public and no reservations are required.

About Dr Alraouf

Ali A. Alraouf is an architect, urban designer, writer and educator interested in teaching and research within the domain of theory, criticism and creativity in architecture and urbanism. He had held teaching positions at Cairo University, UC-Berkeley, Modern Sciences and Arts University, and University of Bahrain. His current research interests are contemporary architectural education, children architecture and urbanism, knowledge and creative cities, holistic sustainable development, public spaces and urban diversity, and contemporary Gulf cities architecture and urbanism. Alraouf writes extensively in newspapers, periodicals and architectural magazines regionally and internationally. He published more than 60 papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters.

Alraouf traveled to more than 25 countries to participate in international symposiums, seminars, juries and conferences where he was speaker, keynote speaker, jury member, external examiner and session chair/moderator. He is the recipient of innovation award in urban and environmental planning from Ministry of scientific research in Egypt 2000, teaching excellence award from Modern Sciences and Arts (MSA) 2004, best research paper in SUPS international conference for urban planning 2008, and research publication achievement award from University of Bahrain 2009. Alraouf is currently teaching design, urban design and planning Theories at Qatar University.

Lecture Dates

28 Feb


Free - Ticket required


VCUQatar Atrium