The inauguration ceremony for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medal Exhibition was held at the Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah (DAI) of the Amricani Cultural Centre on Sunday. Speaking on the sidelines of the function, Director General of Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah Sheikha Hessa Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah said, “It’s a pleasure to host this exhibition for the second year in a row. This event provides a distinguished platform for showing the creativity of future architects and architecture in Kuwait.”
For his part, Dean of the College of Architecture at Kuwait University Dr. Omar Khattab noted that the exhibition sheds light on the role of architecture in creating an urban environment, and mentioned it also displays works of talented architecture students from across the globe. Khattab hoped students of his college will participate in the next edition of the exhibition and vie for its medals.
DAI is hosting the RIBA President’s Medal Exhibition, for the second year in a row, from 7 to 25 April at the Amricani Cultural Centre. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards the RIBA President’s Medals annually as a way to celebrate and promote excellence in the study of architecture, reward talent and encourage architectural debate worldwide.
First awarded in 1836, the President’s Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards (preceding the Royal Gold Medal, established in 1848) and are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in architectural education worldwide. In 2018, the RIBA invited a record 376 schools of architecture in 74 countries to submit one dissertation for the RIBA Dissertation Medal, up to two design projects for the RIBA Bronze Medal, and up to two design projects for the RIBA Silver Medal. The entries were judged anonymously over three days in September and October 2018 by three independent panels comprising of architects, academics, designers and artists.
After viewing thousands of images, hundreds of portfolios, and dozens of films, the judges select the Medal winners and Commendations in each category.
RIBA in partnership with the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait University and architectural firm Pace, has collaborated successfully to organize the exhibition to feature the winning projects and a selection of entries submitted by schools of architecture across the world for the 2018 awards.
Dar al Athar al Islamiyyah (DAI) is a cultural organization based around the private art collection owned by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah, founder of The al Sabah Collection and his wife, DAI director general and co-founder Sheikha Hussa Sabah al Salem al Sabah. Since its inception in 1983, DAI has grown from a single focus organization created to manage the loan of the prestigious al Sabah Collection of art from the Islamic world to Kuwait to become an internationally recognized cultural organization.