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Oman

Date: September 29 · 2018

September 29 · 2018

Introduction

The second edition of the Roca One Day Design Challenge hosted a total of 117 participants on Saturday, September 29. This contest consolidates its presence in Oman and the commitment of the Roca brand to young designers and architects. 

The challenge presented to the participants was the redesign of one or several elements of the bathroom space that would improve the user experience for patients with reduced mobility in a hospital.

"Haman" was the first prize winning project, designed by Mohammed Al Balushi. The jury was impressed by the simplicity of the design and the clarity of focus in meeting the needs of less mobile patients.

The second place was obtained by Ibtihaj Alhatmi and Omaira Alhinai with the "Smart Product" proposal. This design seeks to improve the accessibility tools that are common in hospital bathroom spaces. 

"Gentle Care" achieved third place. Its designers, Inshirah Al-Mahrami, Walaa Al Balushi, and Zahra Al Raisi, proposed an object that combines all the facilities that are required for the care of a person without the need for others to have to involve a physical effort to help him.

Awarded projects

Jury

Masood Raza

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Masood Raza

Atkins Oman Principal Architect and Lead Designer with over 20 years of experience across a range of architectural and urban design projects including 5 & 4-star hotels, retail & prestigious residential projects.

Qualified with a postgraduate Master’s Degree in Architecture Design from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Registered in the chartered rolls of Architects at the New South Wales Board of Architects, Australia with Level 1 membership of Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA).

Prior to joining Atkins in 2006, worked in international architectural offices in Sydney, Abu Dhabi and Karachi undertaking senior design & managerial roles across various building types.

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Fareeda Al Battashy

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Fareeda Al Battashy

Fareeda Al Battashy, the Managing Director of Fareeda Design, has more than 25 years of experience in every aspect of interior design. She established her design firm after a rewarding career as a decorated public servant. Established in 1994, Fareeda Design has discovered a niche for interior and architectural consultancy in Oman.

She combines her innovative fresh design, extensive experience in problem-solving and conflict resolution, sense of environmental responsibility, and expertise in collaborating with highly skilled craftspeople, to ensure a smooth design process. Fareeda’s approach to design incorporates graceful lines and traditional influences from the past with a contemporary edge.

Fareeda Design has in its portfolio clients including most of Oman's leading banks, prominent national and international companies. Apart from corporate interiors, hotels, and banks which Fareeda Design specialize in, the list of completed projects includes ministry projects, prestigious commercial client’s luxury private villas (both architectural and interiors), shopping centers, retail projects, office buildings, and a wide variety of showroom interiors.

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Hilal Sabeel Al Balushi

B. Science in Architecture, USA; Chairman of Oman Centre of Architects; and Member of Oman Society of Engineers.

Hilal Sabeel Al Balushi is head of projects in government departments and head of own practice for over 35 years. Completed numerous villas, commercial offices, and industrial estates throughout the Sultanate of Oman.

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Soumitra Chatterjee

Current Managing Partner at Espace ENGG Consultants LLC. Soumitra Chatterjee has extensive experience in Business Development and multi-disciplinary projects (17 years). He has developed his career in India and Oman.

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Victor Schoone

Victor Schoone Msc Business Administration Erasmus University Rotterdam (Rotterdam School of Management) and CEMS Master ESADE Business School. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (1972), is the Country Manager for the Middle East region and surrounding countries since 2006 when he established the Roca Sanitario, S.A. Representation Office in Dubai, UAE.

Employed by Roca since 1998, his mission has been in the Middle East region to work towards achieving a leadership position for the Roca brand and pursue the recognition of the market of the key values defined by the Company: Sustainability, Innovation, Design, and Wellbeing.

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