17 February 2009

VCUQatar announces Professional Speakers and Al Faisal Holding as a Sponsor for Mousharaka

Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar in partnership with Icograda is proud to announce the participation of David Gibson and Kittiratana Pitipanich as professional speakers for the Mousharaka conference. Mousharaka will take place at VCUQatar from 28 February to 5 March, 2009.

David Gibson is an internationally recognized and published pioneer in the field of public information design. As the co-founder and managing principal of Two Twelve Associates, Inc. in New York City, Mr. Gibson has always believed in the power of design to transform public space and people’s awareness. His leadership on projects for the Chicago Park District, the Partnership for Downtown Baltimore, and Sound Transit in Washington State, are just a few examples of his commitment to making the public his most important client. Mr. Gibson studied architecture at Cornell University before earning a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. He was an early proponent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He helped develop some of the first disability-aware design guidelines for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), and has served as both a past president and board member. He is the author of the soon to be released The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places.

Kittiratana Pitipanich is an architect, educator and entrepreneur. He is currently the Design Advisory Director for the Thailand Creative & Design Center, a nationally funded public organization created to serve as an education and resource center for the study and advancement of design. The Center holds regular exhibitions and programs and houses a comprehensive collection of design resources. Mr. Pitipanich lectures locally and internationally on Thailand’s creative economic development. He served on the advisory board for the Asian Coalition Workshop for Architecture and Urbanism in cooperation with Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore and China, and was on the Licensing Examination Committee, Architect Council of Thailand. He has a Master’s of Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA.

VCUQatar is also proud to announce Al Faisal Holding as a sponsor for Mousharaka. Al Faisal Holding has actively participated in contributing to Qatar’s economic growth throughout the four decades of its operation. Since 1964, they have stayed true to their mission of delivering the finest in services and products to all industry sectors. Their belief in ethics and quality has evolved into a set of corporate standards and practices that they use as a benchmark for excellence. Al Faisal Holding takes pride in being a trustworthy household name both in Qatar and beyond. Their continued operational expansion is regularly measured to ensure that pace is kept with Qatar’s giant economic strides.

Mousharaka / The Icograda Design Week in Qatar, presented by VCUQatar, is composed of the Education Symposium and the Professional Conference, where prominent speakers will share perspectives on design and design collaborations. VCUQatar is also spearheading the creation of MEDEA – the Middle East Design Educators Association - a platform for educators charged with getting the most out of design. For more information about Mousharaka, featured speakers and events, and to register please visit http://www.mousharaka.com/

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