The British Council and Qatar Museums Authority, on behalf of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, are seeking applications from architects to participate in the Old Doha Prize. The Old Doha Prize is a competition that will bring together architects based in Britain and Qatar for a one week design charette, and take place in Doha from 17-24 November 2013.
The Old Doha Prize is organised in association with the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in the UK, as well as the Doha Architecture Centre and Msheireb Properties in Qatar.
The design charette will offer a chance for UK and Qatar based architects to collaborate, whilst building knowledge and international networks. Five teams will research and explore new ways to address the changing urban landscape of Old Doha. The brief will focus specifically on the neighbourhoods of Al Asmakh and Najada in the heart of Old Doha and will be founded on the principle of Al Turath Al Hai (Living Heritage). This is the idea that heritage is not something set in history; rather something that continually evolves whilst remaining deeply rooted in the past.
The winning team will be awarded the Old Doha Prize and a grant of £15,000. The grant will provide the team with the opportunity and resources to implement ideas explored as part of the design residency. This might include the implementation of the project in the form of an exhibition, research project, publication, installation, public intervention or film.
More information can be found here.