GORD signed an MOU with AIA Middle East Chapter
The event featured architectural presentations and debates, as well as a full day program of guided tours to outstanding landmark projects of architectural grandeur in Qatar. The Annual Conference also introduced the AIA Middle East Awards Program for 2014, to honor works of excellence in architecture by its members and to bring outstanding examples of architecture to public attention.
Dr. Yousef Alhorr, Founding Chairman participated as keynote speakers in the event. Dr. Yousef presentation focused on how GSAS was developed to address the environmental challenges in GCC and MENA region, and what are the environmental, societal & economic benefits of adoption GSAS best practices. And it also highlighted how GSAS incorporates its standards with the new version of Qatar Construction Specification 2014 (QCS 2014) in section 7 Green Construction and which will be launched very soon. Dr. Alhorr said: Incorporating GSAS within Qatar Construction Specifications (QCS 2014) provides a clear blueprint for sustainable building development in the country, which will ultimately help ensure a much higher quality of life in Qatar.
Also there was a presentation about GSAS Applied Projects i.e. Lusail City, Qatar Rail, Qatar 2022, Ashghal Projects, etc.. And how GORD is supporting the 4 pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030 (Human, Social, Economic & Environmental Developments) by crafting a green legacy to which all government buildings will have to conform by 2016. Afterward, all new commercial buildings and residential buildings will be brought into the new regime.
The agreement came to fulfill a common goal between GORD & AIA Middle East Chapter which is to have a positive impact on the profession and environment we build.
The agreement covers areas of cooperation such as:
a) Training of researchers or AIA Members
b) Exchange of knowledge and expertise
c) Exchange of publications (brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, almanacs)
d) Joint research projects
e) Joint conferences, seminars, training programs