AUD and dormakaba collaborate for Mobility Pavillion at Expo 2020
AUD along with dormakaba – a company with over 150 years of experience and millions of security and access solutions worldwide invited students at the university to take part in the unique "Lever Handle Design Competition", which involved AUD students designing lever handles to be proposed for the Mobility Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. The students will presented their innovative designs on Monday, May 29, to jury members including representatives from AUD, as well as prominent members of Architects & Designer community and APID.
Commenting on the competition, Mr. George Philip Vice President Marketing Europe, Middle East & Africa said, “We at dormakaba are always looking at innovative ways to introduce designs that have a global benchmark and a local appeal. We are delighted to invite young minds to share with us some futuristic designs that we could propose for the upcoming Mobility Pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020. We would like to compliment the vision of EXPO 2020 Dubai by bringing in world class standards and inviting the youth to partner with us. We want them to contribute by adding the local flavour for a sustainable cultural identity in line with the design philosophy of the pavilions.”
Chadi El Tabbah, associate professor of interior design led this project and stated: "Product to serve the human behaviour" was our target, and our collaboration with dormakaba, the leading company on security solutions and products have challenged our students to balance the ergonomic and the practical applications, the result was a distinctive design, the process was intense research, statements, modelling and a lot of passion. During this journey, each student was a unique individual, they all learned how to be sensitive to how people experience products and recognize the emotional connection to their surroundings.
The project capitalized on some of the key strengths of AUD’s internationally recognized ID program: having a foot in the future, sensitivity to the human factor in design, integration of the ergonomic and technical, the need for differentiation through relevant distinctiveness… Student ability to analyze, conceive and express was challenged to the maximum, and their design education was furthered significantly by exposure to dormakaba, the leader in security solutions.”

dormakaba Group, one of the top three companies globally for access and security solutions is a single source for products, solutions, and services related to doors and secure access to buildings.