Design Talks

First time IDF Oman is bringing Design Talks in partnership with The American Institute of Architects Middle East Chapter. It will be an exciting platform to trigger design conversations, tapping into the Sultanate’s current trends, interact with industry professionals and listen to their opinions on the topics which matters today.

Design Talks Agenda


Time: 3.00-3.30 P.M.
Mr. Haitham M. Al Busafi Founder / Principal

BusafiArc - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Experimentation in Architecture Design

Brief: Experiments in Form Making, Design Processes, Visuals, Texture and Materials is an integral part of our practice. Some of these experiments manifest into real projects. This presentation is a showcase of some of these experiments.

Time: 3.40-4.10 P.M.
Mr. Mohammed Y. Assaf Managing Director

AEB - Assaf - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: The Future of Architecture in Oman

Brief: Architecture has a whole Impact on economy and life style of countries. How can this be delegated to nations to output the best culturally and financially from it.

Time: 4.20-4.50 P.M.
Ms. Meyyan AL Said Interior Designer/Architect

Muscat National Development and Investment Company – ASAAS - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Interior Design strategies in Hospitality Projects

Brief: To discuss the interior design strategies used from a client / developer’s perspective in the hospitality industry. The presentation would discuss the methods used in planning for an Interior design package within a projects scope.

Time: 5.00-5.30 P.M.
Ms. Nina Moeller CEO

Nina Moeller Designs - UK

Mr. David Yates CEO

Recursive - UK

Topic: Connecting people with each other and their environments

Brief: It will look at the flow of people through public spaces and environments and how we can connect with them and engage with them through the environment through design and technology approaches.

Time: 5.40-6.10 P.M.
Ms. Simona Groshevska Interior and Product Designer & CEO

Si Design Studio - Bulgaria

Topic: New approaches in design for better tomorrow

Brief: Application of the new materials (emphasizing on carbon fibre) in art, design and architecture

Time: 6.20-6.50 P.M.
Mr. Rodrigo Vairinhos Product Designer, CEO, Brand Owner NEO

Neo Studios - Germany

Topic: SLOW DESIGN: Spreading long lasting values in Architecture, Interior Design and Product Design

Brief: Opposing to the current mood of trends and „fast design “, this subject is about celebrating cultural heritage creatively, exploring tradition, handcraft, local materials, present and future. A perspective of a positive cross-cultural, international and global design approach, environmental, qualitative, user-friendly, that increases happiness, quality of life and sense of belonging within a space and society.

Time: 7.00-7.30 P.M.
Ms. Marianne Sigl Urban Planning and Architectural Design Faculty – Teaching Assistant

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Ms. Klaudia Dudzik Urban Planning and Architectural Design Faculty – Teaching Assistant

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: “Where Oman Walks” - Research and Design on Walkability within Communities of Muscat

Brief: It’s a research-based collaborative design methodology aiming to establish walkable cores around Mosques within different neighbourhoods in Muscat. To include the communities' needs and opinions for a demand and culture-sensitive development, the team was gathering with residents through interactive workshops.

Time: 7.40-8.10 P.M.
Mr. Leopoldo V. Sandoval Senior Architect - Directorate of Projects

Ministry of Health - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Crossroads in Designing a Healthcare Facility - A patient experience and journey towards healing

Brief: The patient experience in any healthcare facility shall either make him well or worse. These challenges of designing should cover all aspects such as location, appropriateness of components and standards which govern their functionality for better prevention and control of infection. The design solution should also be keen on the cultural needs of the project.

Time: 8.20-8.50 P.M.
Mr. Gregg Brodarick CEO and Creative Director

Impatia - Italy

Topic: Reinventing The Game Room – Emerging from the basement into formal living spaces

Brief: Through IMPATIA we explore the world of bespoke luxury game tables and how we can expand the realm of entertainment beyond the game room, through the use of design and materiality.


Time: 2.20-2.50 P.M.
Ms. Arch. Ayah Abbasi Instructor @ Arch. & interior Design Department

Scientific College of Design - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Placemaking as newly developed approach in Muscat

Brief: There has been a global interest in Placemaking theory and its applications. The aim of place making is to design places that encourage cultural enrichment, activities, and social interaction, which in turn generates opportunities for economic viability.

Time: 3.00-3.30 P.M.
Mr. Zahir Abdul Latheef Lead Interior Designer

Design District Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Challenges of running a boutique design firm

Brief: Running a boutique design firm at a time of recession comes with struggles and challenges that are often hard to overcome. This presentation covers my experiences and lessons learned from delivering about 90 F&B, Retail, Office and Residential projects.

Time: 3.40-4.10 P.M.
Mr. Ammar H. Mohamed Senior Specialist - Lighting

Royal Court Affairs - Central Design Office - Royal Estates - The Palace - Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Residential Lighting Design – Tips and Tricks

Brief: The presentation will introduce the audience to the world of lighting and show them how to calculate the number of lights needed in a room, where to locate these lights and how to enhance the interior and exteriors of the residences with light.

Time: 4.20-4.50 P.M.
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Knebel Architect BDA - Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Designing Residential and Commercial Buildings in Oman with Passive Cooling Strategies. Recent Projects

Brief: As part of its passive design strategies to minimize the heat gains and thus the energy demands of buildings in Oman, the lessons learned from the design, construction, operation and monitoring of the GUtech EcoHaus are applied in multiple follow-up design projects for residential and commercial buildings

Time: 5.00-5.30 P.M.
Mr. Harindren Paramahamsa Architect and Urban Planner

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Furnishing with Recyclable and Recycled Materials. Case Study of the GUtech EcoHaus

Brief: As part of its circular design strategies, the GUtech EcoHaus works with recyclable and recycled materials from local sources to create furniture for the residence. The presention shows how timber, cardboard, coco fibre and sailing textiles are reused in the spirit of a circular economy.

Time: 5.40-6.10 P.M.
Mr. Sergio Padula Technical Director

iGuzzini Middle East FZE - United Arab Emirates

Topic: The iOL (Intelligence of Light) - New scenarios and possibilities for the Retail sector

Brief: With the unstoppable process of digitization underway, we are witnessing the LED 2.0 revolution, which is opening up new development scenarios and it is placing the lighting at the center of the Internet of Things. Light is an element for data transmission and luminaires become a means of communication over WLC, Li-Fi, and Beacon protocols managed with various devices. As light creates new services based on data transmission rate for the benefit of users, we will explore how it can be utilized and maximized in the retail sector.

Time: 6.20-6.50 P.M.
Mr. Antonius Agelink CEO and Co-Founder & Partner

Newton Brown Urban Design - USA

Topic: Smart Oman, an integrated approach. Smart houses, buildings and public spaces.

Brief: Muscat is a vibrant Smart City in progress. We will showcase several local projects and the relevance to Oman’s goal to be a thriving destination. Education and sharing knowledge are key elements for further development.

Time: 7.00-7.30 P.M.
Ms. Iman Al Jashmi General Manager / Lighting Engineer

Al Burkan Group - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Lets talk Light!

Brief: To en-light people's eyes about the impact that the light design makes in people's life in so many ways like health and safety.

Time: 7.40-8.10 P.M.
Mr. Kasra Choubineh Chief Design Officer

Tri-Visuals LLC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: What is Minimalism? A Look at Minimalist Art & Architecture

Brief: Minimalist architecture, sometimes referred to as 'minimalism', involves the use of simple design elements, without ornamentation or decoration. Proponents of minimalism believe that condensing the content and form of a design to its bare essentials, reveals the true 'essence of architecture'.

Time: 8.20-8.50 P.M.
Mr. Martin Hütt COO

Saviukumaja OÜ - Estonia

Topic: Sustainable interior design and ergonomics

Brief: To Who is it for sustainable and eco-friendly design - just for fanatical or caring, forward-looking citizens? For everyone - modern sustainable architecture, both exterior and interior, does not compromise the aesthetic values inherent in the general principles but enhances integrity.


Time: 2.20-2.50 P.M.
Mr. Hussain Mohammed Najwani Project Manager

Maysan Properties SAOC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Managing Interior Designing & Execution Phases

Brief: The methodology of executing and managing Interior Design works, mainly under the aspects of contractual agreement, procurement route, team formation, and site coordination.

Time: 3.00-3.30 P.M.
Ms. Salwa Najafi Interior and Product Designer

Salwa Najafi Design - United Arab Emirates

Topic: Sustainability by Design

Brief: Analysing Oman’s own architectural heritage to formulate an innovative approach to creating energy-efficient Interiors for a sustainable and green future.

Time: 3.40-4.10 P.M.
Ms. Alexandra Schiering Architect

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Landscaping with Native Plants and Natural Water Treatment. Case Study of the GUtech EcoHaus

Brief: As part of its circular design strategies, the GUtech EcoHaus works with water-efficient appliances as well as a natural water treatment system (constructed wetland). The presentation shows how landscaping with native plants can create a cooling microclimate through shading, green roofs as well as energy plants.

Time: 4.20-4.50 P.M.
Mr. Roberto Spanò International Sales & Marketing Manager

CUF MILANO brand of Centrufficio Loreto S.p.A. - Italy

Topic: ACOUSTIC IN WORKSPACES: How to reach the optimal acoustic comfort to improve concentration

Brief: How to reach the optimal acoustic comfort to improve concentration

Time: 5.00-5.30 P.M.
Mr. Sanju Mathew Thomas Acoustician, SMT Acoustics

SMT Acoustics | Atlal Al Qurum Trad and Cont LLC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Acoustic design and parameters for interior spaces

Brief: An introduction to acoustics. What is acoustics? How do we measure it, and how do we control it? The importance of Acoustic design in interior design and architecture. How to consider for acoustics based on the requirement of the space.

Time: 5.40-6.10 P.M.
Ms. Najwa AL Balushi Architectural Engineer

Muscat National Development and Investment Company – ASAAS - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Designing sustainable interior spaces by implementing WELL concept and standards

Brief: The (WELL) Building Standard consists of seven concepts that explore the connection between buildings where we spend more than 90% of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. WELL certified spaces can help create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep pattern and performance of its occupants.

Time: 6.20-6.50 P.M.
Mr. Ahmed M Gad General Manager

MNU (Muscat National United) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic: Economical, Practical and Personalized Residential decoration solution

Brief: Building up relaxed and resilient dream homes just like the most coddling hospitality rooms, with right guidance on design aspects and finishes.

Time: 7.00-7.30 P.M.
Mr. Javad Eiraji Architect, Design Manager, Co-founder & Partner

Studio Eiraji - Turkey & Iran

Ms. Roshanak Sanei Chief Interior Designer, Co-founder & Partner

Studio Eiraji - Turkey & Iran

Topic: Sustainable solutions for interior design of today buildings according to traditional architecture in middle-east

Brief: The presentation is concentrated on sustainable systems which had been used in middle-east traditional buildings such as, central courtyards, wind catchers, Interior pools and some other architectural elements and searching for solutions to used them in today buildings.

List Of Speakers & Topics

Mr. Haitham M. Al Busafi

Mr. Haitham M. Al Busafi

Founder / Principal

BusafiArc - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Experimentation in Architecture Design
Mr. Mohammed Y. Assaf

Mr. Mohammed Y. Assaf

Managing Director

AEB - Assaf - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
The Future of architecture in Oman
Ms. Meyyan Al Said

Ms. Meyyan Al Said

Interior Designer/Architect

Muscat National Development and Investment Company – ASAAS - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Interior Design strategies in Hospitality Projects
Mr. Rodrigo Vairinhos

Mr. Rodrigo Vairinhos

Product Designer, CEO, Brand Owner NEO

Neo Studios - Germany

Topic
SLOW DESIGN: Spreading long lasting values in Architecture, Interior Design and Product Design
Mr. Harindren Paramahamsa

Mr. Harindren Paramahamsa

Architect and Urban Planner

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Furnishing with Recyclable and Recycled Materials. Case Study of the GUtech EcoHaus
Mr. Ammar H. Mohamed

Mr. Ammar H. Mohamed

Senior Specialist - Lighting

Royal Court Affairs - Central Design Office - Royal Estates - The Palace - Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Residential Lighting Design – Tips and Tricks
Mr. Sergio Padula

Mr. Sergio Padula

Technical Director

iGuzzini Middle East FZE - UAE

Topic
Working side by side with the lighting designer:made-to-measure lighting solutions
Ms. Arch. Ayah Abbasi

Ms. Arch. Ayah Abbasi

Instructor @ Arch. & interior Design Department

Scientific College of Design - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Placemaking as newly developed approach in Muscat
Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Knebel

Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Nikolaus Knebel

Architect BDA - Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Designing Residential and Commercial Buildings in Oman with Passive Cooling Strategies. Recent Projects
Mr. Martin Hütt

Mr. Martin Hütt

Architect BDA - Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Saviukumaja OÜ - Estonia

Topic
Sustainable interior design and ergonomics
Ms. Salwa Najafi

Ms. Salwa Najafi

Interior and Product Designer

Salwa Najafi Design - UAE

Topic
Sustainability by Design
Ms. Alexandra Schiering

Ms. Alexandra Schiering

Architect

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Landscaping with Native Plants and Natural Water Treatment. Case Study of the GUtech EcoHaus
Mr. Roberto Spanò

Mr. Roberto Spanò

International Sales & Marketing Manager

CUF MILANO brand of Centrufficio Loreto S.p.A. - Italy

Topic
ACOUSTIC IN WORKSPACES:How to reach the optimal acoustic comfort to improve concentration
Mr. Sanju Mathew Thomas

Mr. Sanju Mathew Thomas

Acoustician, SMT Acoustics

Atlal Al Qurum Trading & Cont LLC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Acoustic design and parameters for interior spaces
Ms. Simona Groshevska

Ms. Simona Groshevska

Interior and Product Designer & CEO

Si Design Studio - Bulgaria

Topic
New approaches in design for better tomorrow
Ms. Najwa AL Balushi

Ms. Najwa AL Balushi

IArchitectural Engineer

Muscat National Development and Investment Company – ASAAS - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Designing sustainable interior spaces by implementing WELL concept and standards
Ms. Sam Saliba

Ms. Sam Saliba

Partner + Creative Director

ART PAINTINGLAB - UAE

Topic
Experiencing Space Subliminal and the Contribution of Art
Ahmed M Gad

Ahmed M Gad

MNU (Muscat National United) - General Manager

Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Economical, Practical and Personalized Residential decoration solution
Mr. Leopoldo V. Sandoval

Mr. Leopoldo V. Sandoval

Senior Architect - Directorate of Projects

Ministry of Health - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Crossroads in Designing a Healthcare Facility - A patient experience and journey towards healing
Ms. Iman Al Jashmi

Ms. Iman Al Jashmi

General Manager / Lighting Engineer

Al Burkan Group - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Let’s talk Light!
Mr. Hussain Mohammed Najwani

Mr. Hussain Mohammed Najwani

Project Manager

Maysan Properties SAOC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Managing Interior Designing & Execution Phases
Mr. Gregg Brodarick

Mr. Gregg Brodarick

CEO and Creative Director

Impatia - Italy

Topic
Reinventing The Game Room – Emerging from the basement into formal living spaces
Mr. Kasra Choubineh

Mr. Kasra Choubineh

Chief Design Officer

Tri-Visuals LLC - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
What is Minimalism? A Look at Minimalist Art & Architecture
Mr. Antonius Agelink

Mr. Antonius Agelink

CEO and Co-Founder & Partner

Newton Brown Urban Design - USA

Topic
Smart Oman, an integrated approach. Smart houses, buildings and public spaces.
Mr. Zahir Abdul Latheef

Mr. Zahir Abdul Latheef

Lead Interior Designer

Design District Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
Challenges of running a boutique design firm
Mr. Javad Eiraji

Mr. Javad Eiraji

Architect, Design Manager, Co-founder & Partner

Studio Eiraji - Turkey & Iran

Topic
Sustainable solutions for interior design of today buildings according to traditional architecture in middle-east
Ms. Roshanak Sanei

Ms. Roshanak Sanei

Chief Interior Designer, Co-founder & Partner

Studio Eiraji - Turkey & Iran

Topic
Sustainable solutions for interior design of today buildings according to traditional architecture in middle-east
Ms. Marianne Sigl

Ms. Marianne Sigl

Urban Planning and Architectural Design Faculty – Teaching Assistant

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
“Where Oman Walks” - Research and Design on Walkability within Communities of Muscat
Ms. Klaudia Dudzik

Ms. Klaudia Dudzik

Urban Planning and Architectural Design Faculty – Teaching Assistant

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) - Sultanate of Oman

Topic
“Where Oman Walks” - Research and Design on Walkability within Communities of Muscat
Mr. David Yates

Mr. David Yates

Recursive – CEO

UK

Topic
Connecting people with each other and their environments
Ms. Nina

Ms. Nina Moeller

Nina Moeller Designs – CEO

UK

Topic
Connecting people with each other and their environments
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