Universities and One Day Design Challenge, a win-win relationship
26 / 12 / 2018
In the last edition of the competition in Oman, we have talked to Dr. Sohair Hegazi, Architecture and Interior Design Head of Department at the Oman Scientific College of Design, about the influence of initiatives such as One Day Design Challenge on student learning.
Dr. Sohair Hegazi has a vast experience as a teacher and researcher in the fields of design and architecture. She has carried out specific studies on sustainable culture about traditional and contemporary spaces of Omani residences. Moreover, she is interested in the preservation of historical buildings and in the recovery of schools in developing countries.
One Day Design Challenge: What does the Roca One Day Design Challenge represent for the students and young professionals in design and architecture?
Sohair Hegazi: This is a wonderful initiative to promote the talent and creativity of the next generation of designers and architects. It is a type of competition that joins the industrial with the academic sector, creating an interesting synergy of ideas and professional contacts. Participants face a real professional challenge and Roca receives innovative and high-quality ideas.
ODDC: What would you say to those students that have not participated in the One Day Design Challenge so far?
SH: The education of our students today is stimulated by the professional possibilities they find around them. However, I consider it essential to find a good balance of the academic and professional activity. Books will provide a good approach to history and theory, but you will lack a realistic perspective if you do not take interest in the professional world.
With this competition, Roca aims a very specific target, young students of design and architecture who either have not been able to carry out many projects so far or are starting to work in the sector. Thus, what they obtain after participating in the contest is much more than just a new page to add to their portfolio.
I would tell future participants to take the opportunity of collaborating in such an inspiring experience. Whether they win or not, this challenge can become a new step in their professional careers towards what they want to become.