On Sunday evening, the Ministry of Culture organized a symposium on the identity of Qatari architecture in Ramadan tent, as part of the events accompanying Ramadan Book Fair.
The symposium was attended by His Excellency Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Hamad Al Thani, Minister of Culture, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie, the Minister of Municipality, and Her Excellency Mrs. Maryam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misned, Minister of Social Development and Family, and a group of intellectuals.
During the symposium moderated by the journalist, Jassim Salman, the architectural expert, Engineer Ibrahim Al-Jaida, reviewed aspects of his educational career, which began in state schools, then studied in Britain and graduated from the University of Oklahoma (USA) in 1988. He explained that his interest in architecture is due to the nature of the environment and the Jasra area in which he lived near Souq Waqif, which contributed to the formation of his architectural thought and interest in the authentic Qatari style.
He said that his passion for architecture prompted him to dedicate his career to the study of the rich Qatari style, pointing out that the old National Museum is a reference for the Qatari architectural style.
He added: The Gulf style stopped with the emergence of oil and the emergence of modernity, but it was keen to use it and employ it in many buildings, as it appeared in the Diplomatic Club and some municipalities and other government buildings, where the authentic Qatari architecture was evoked, stressing that he generated a treasure of drawings for many old buildings.
He noted that after working in the government sector at the Ministry of Municipality for 4 years, he sought to preserve the old architecture, which was pioneering in the nineties, by recalling it during that period, which made it the beginning of the future to preserve this legacy, which signaled the trend towards affirming the identity of Country architecture.
Al-Jaida added that he had a dream of restoring the Qatari architectural style and mixing it with modernity, and that he devoted his efforts to achieving this by forming a work team, through which he was not seeking to make a profit, stressing that a global architectural boom had emerged with Qatar Museums, through contact with international architects, who They completed works inspired by the Qatari environment and style, such as the Islamic Museum and the National Museum, until Qatar became a model of modern Islamic architecture.
Al-Jaida praised the experience of architecture in the city of Msheireb, which took into account the nature of the climate in its implementation and was thus the most beautiful expression of the elements of Qatari architecture. He expressed his hope that the establishment of Freej would bear the elements of Qatari architecture in a way that preserves our identity after the absence of many elements as a result of modernity, pointing out in this regard to the absence of a courtyard or a Liwan from modern architecture, as the architectural style shows community cohesion.
Engineer Ibrahim Al-Jaidah talked about one of the most important practical stations in his life, which is his design for the Al-Thumama World Cup stadium, and he mentioned how he received the news of his selection to participate in a competition to choose the appropriate design for the Al-Thumama stadium. He said: I received a call stating that I was nominated to participate with a group of international architects to design a stadium with details that belong to our Qatari environments. I could not sleep that night to go to Souq Waqif in the morning and buy all kinds of gahfiya available, from which I was inspired by the design, and at that time I had a great determination to win the competition, especially since I know our gahfiya from foreigners who are considered strange and unfamiliar to them.
I focused on the external appearance, given that I had no prior experience in designing stadiums, but with the help of a team of consultants, we were able to present the best design that won the confidence of officials.
He stressed that he is not against architectural design in a modern way, but at the same time it must carry the scent of history and embody our heritage, this is what we seek to achieve and implant in future generations of male and female architects who graduate from Qatari universities. The symposium witnessed great interaction from the audience, where the march of engineer Ibrahim Al-Jaidah was praised, who was able to position himself as a prominent engineer in the modern architectural movement, which combines the depth of Islamic influence with the style of modern architecture and the preservation of the Qatari identity.