The Tasmeem Conference at Virginia Commonwealth University-Qatar (VCUQ) is to be held later this month, under the theme ‘Synapse: Designer As Link,’ which has been chosen by organisers as a means of addressing issues facing both Qatar and other countries in the region.
VCUQ dean, Allyson Vanstone, and other officials yesterday discussed the conference, to be held from March 21-24, and its importance both to the local and international communities.
Now a biennial event, Tasmeen has in the past helped to provide participants with an idea of the issues facing Qatar and the region, and also given foreign visitors an experience of the culture to take back home, explained Vanstone.
Assistant professor of graphic design at VCUQ, Pornprapha Phatanateacha spoke about the concept behind the conference, explaining that the event’s focus was suggested by a group of faculty members.
“Through the idea of ‘Synapse’ VCUQ aims to forge dynamic links between students, creative problem solvers, local community members, community stakeholders and VCUQ,” she said, adding “students will drive design teams that will investigate the role of design as a problem solving activity in the community.”
“To this end, VCUQ has invited a number of globally recognised designers, academics and thinkers to participate as conference speakers and is conducting undergraduate and graduate level workshops in preparation for the conference,” noted Phatanateacha.
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