Rand Abdul Jabbar

Lives and Works:
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Product/Furniture Design, Architecture

Rand Abdul Jabbar was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1990 and was raised in the UAE. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Design, with distinction, from Dalhousie University in 2011 and her Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 2014. The nature of her upbringing in the multi-faceted ethnic landscape of the UAE has nurtured a desire and commitment to engage opportunities for dialogue and cultural exchange through a variety of creative processes. Her work explores the power and potential for art and design - as both a spatial and material exercise - to act as an interactive mediator between people and the environment they inhabit, encouraging them to see themselves, each other and the world around them in new and unexpected ways.

In addition to her work as a designer, Rand has participated in a number of cultural research initiatives and is independently developing an ongoing project titled "Re-presenting the City: Parallel Streams of Cultural Development in the UAE", which was awarded the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize from Columbia University in 2014. The project explores the strategies that Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah have been undertaking to devise unique cultural models while maintaining a shared vision and desire to preserve local customs and traditions in their encounter with processes of urban development and globalization.


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