Architecture students share virtual showcase of their projects

Published: 29 July 2020 - 5:17 p.m.
By: Jane O'Neill

Up-and-coming architects designed a solution to not being able to hold a live exhibition.

The undergraduates of Heriot-Watt University Dubai launched ‘CMYK’ virtual architecture showcase, where they'll present defining work from four years of design studios

The title of this year’s showcase is inspired from the CMYK colour model; an abbreviation for cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black).

Just as the colours of CMYK, the virtual showcase is divided into four-colour sections each representing years one to four of the 2019/20 cohort of BA (Hons) Architecture.

Projects on display represent the analytic, artistic, and spatial development of the students who approached themes including Elderly Care, Space Research, Living Complex, and Crisis, to address specific design challenges.

Alida Bata, assistant Professor of Architecture at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society says: “We are very proud of our students who have extended their innovative spirit beyond their projects to create this virtual showcase.

"Presenting work from across the four years of undergraduate design studios, this exhibition is a testament to the dedication of our students and their creativity that flourished during the unexpected challenges of 2020.”

The exhibition is live until September 11th 2020 at

Their creative peers from the university's School of Textiles and Design have also created an online exhibition incorporating video, virtual catwalks, slide shows and static imagery.

Titled ‘Creative Disruption’, the 2020 graduate show is an alternative to the traditional exhibition and a runway show to mark the students’ degree completion.

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