Date: October 9 · 2021
October 9 · 2021
Roca One Day Design Challenge returned to Oman in 2021!
Due to the restrictions imposed by the current pandemic context, this year the contest took place in an online format.
In this way Roca continued to fulfill the goal of promoting creativity and young talents, giving visibility to young architects and designers in the early stages of their careers.
Participants werre challenged to create innovative solutions for the bathroom space in just one day. This year the briefing was to redesign the toilet seat and cover by adding new functionalities.
Among all the submitted projects, the first place was for Vijay Aadithya with the project "Waves, the altruistic toilet", an innovative and sensible approach thinking how to enhance the user experience by giving practical and sustainable solutions.
The second place was for Hanan Thuaar with the design "Smart WC". The powerful idea of turning the design of a bathroom seat into a piece of art made it a great project.
Finally, the third place of the podium was for Khadija AlHussaini & Nouf Aljabri and their project "Frankincense steam toilet". Taking into consideration sanitizing and cleaning using the Omani essences, the project was a great idea and innovative solution.
Mr. Fadi El Sibai
Designers and Architects LLC (D&A LLC) Oman.
Fadi Sibai established D&A in Beirut in 1997, before opening the flagship office in Oman in 2006. His creative vision, collaborative approach and multicultural awareness have contributed to the firm's success in the region. Fadi provides strong leadership to a loyal and dedicated team that delivers timely and creative architectural design solutions. He works closely with his clients from start to finish and encourages the D&A team to push the boundaries and to provide the best architecture and interior design solutions. Fadi is committed to delivering environmentally sustainable, efficient and safe environments that provide meaning and value to the community.
Fadi has a Master's Degree in Architecture from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) in Lebanon.
Zeny Liz B. Gutiérrez
With over 17 years of vast professional experience in Architecture, Interior Design, FF&E Design and Design Management, Zeny has successfully delivered various projects across different genres in the Philippines, Bahrain, UAE and Oman.
Zeny is the Head of Interior Design Department in Amjaad Engineering Consultancy, a reputable architecture and engineering consultancy in Muscat with international standards and world‐class quality. She leads and mentors the creative and technical team, with an immense contribution to the successful delivery of projects such as Movenpick Hotel Bousher, Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Nizwa, Intercity Hotel Nizwa, Nizwa Grand Mall and other prestigious projects across the region.
Zeny holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture. She is a Registered & Licensed Architect of the Philippines, an International Associate of American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of Oman Centre of Architects (OCA), and an active leader and member of United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) ‐ an Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects.
Zeny enjoys the challenge of providing innovative and visionary design solutions for each project. She delivers distinctive designs with utmost respect to client’s aspirations while catering the needs of end‐users. She believes that every design should have a soul that evokes emotions and creates unique end‐user experiences.
Ar Falguni Madan
An Architect by profession, Falguni Madan has found her niche in interior design. A photographer and environmentalist by hobby, she constantly finds her inspiration in the natural world.
For the past 25 years, Falguni has held various profiles in different design firms & has worked on challenging national and international projects. She has held senior roles in different capacities as design head, as management lead and most importantly as a mentor uplifting young budding architects to build a sustainable future.
Her vast experience in internationally reputed companies like Wilson Associates and International design studio, presiding over the conceptualisation and execution of large scale international projects have made her a force to reckon with. Some prestigious worldwide projects that bear her stamp are the ITC Kolkata, LM Doha, St.Regis Singapore and such others.
Currently she is working as Senior Design Manager at Al Mouj, Oman where she engages at the core of “Zunairah” - the limited exclusive beach-front luxury villa project and many other prestigious projects within the development. Her strengths lie in design concepts, innovation, technical detailing and execution. As a LEED green associate, she finds herself constantly searching for sustainable and greener architectural solutions.
Falguni believes that the responsibility of a designer stretches from the design concept to the perfect execution of the design. She has the rare understanding of various regions, communities and cultures , combined with an in-depth knowledge of the Interior architectural processes making her achieve the best creative and technical design solutions
Arch. Mohammed Y. Assaf
Egyptian artist, he graduated as an architect in 2001.
Winner of many national and international competitions.
His projects focus on hotels, museums, malls and commercial & residential complexes.
He is a member of the AIA, the EAA and the Omani engineering society and has been awarded many prizes in Europe and the Gulf Area.
As a pioneer in modernist architecture he has been associated with developments of high-tech architecture.
Assaf has been recognised as a key figure of the Omani Modernism and sustainability.
"Architecture should serve to create places where people can live, work and enjoy themselves fully, freely and poetically."
Luc, (MBA) Master’s Degree Field of Study Business Administration and Management, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. Born in 1968 with Dutch Nationality, married with 2 children, Country Manager for the Middle East Region, Roca Group representation office in Dubai, UAE.
He was the Export Sales Director at Laufen Bathrooms AG from June 2015-2020 in Laufen, Switzerland.
Former Vice President for Export, Sanitec (Keramag, Twyford, Sphinx, Pozzi Ginori) in Düsseldorf, Germany. From Sep 2004 – Dec 2007 he was the Supply Chain Director Koninklijke Sphinx BV, Maastricht, The Netherlands.