"We must plant the seeds today for future generations and prosper tomorrow"
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum


Nearly every industry is getting pummelled by the spread of COVID-19 and the Design Industry is no exception.

It’s no secret that life will change in some way post-pandemic. From travel to work arrangements will be altered and the same is true for architecture and design.

In this panel, we will aim to discuss about the future of design focused on sustainable design, business modules and working for the unexpected future


Ammar Kalo is a designer, architect, and educator based in Sharjah, UAE. He’s also the Director of Labs at the College of Architecture Art and Design, American University of Sharjah. His work interrogates the relationship between digital technology and traditional craft. During the 2015 Milan Design Week, Kalo received a Silver A‘Design Award for his chair design Stratum. Also, in October 2015, Harper's Bazaar Interiors awarded him the Emerging Designer award during the inaugural Dubai Design Week. In 2016 the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York acquired two pieces, Stratum and N-bowl, for its permanent collection.’

Omar Nakkash, born and raised in the U.A.E, he completed his Bachelor’s in Design & Management from Parsons the New School for Design in New York. In 2012, he moved to Milan to complete graduate studies in Interior Design from Scuola Politecnica de Design. Omar currently runs NAKKASH Gallery alongside his father, Wajih Nakkash and his sister Aya Nakkash, and has launched Nakkash Design Studio which is a concept-driven, human-centered interior architecture & design studio.  Omar is also a collector, and a traveler and is committed to showcasing regional and local designs through collaborations and activations all year-long.


Tuesday, 28 Jul. 2020


3:00 pm


Free Session


Online session [Zoom.us]

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