Alumna Mona Al Ali Integrates Advanced Technology with Art in Award Winning “Enlightenment House”

Sun Mar 26, 2017
Mona Abdullah Al Ali, a Masdar Institute MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Class of 2013 alumna, has been awarded the Design Commission 2016 Competition’s first prize for her project titled ‘Enlightenment House’ for its dynamic concept of a sustainable neighborhood community center. Al Ali’s design was for the extension of a healthcare facility for chronically ill patients and their families. Its look and healing purpose was inspired by the local al qebqab plant, which grows in the mountains of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE and is traditionally used to cure rheumatoid arthritis. Al Ali also incorporated advanced sustainable materials like solar panels and efficient glazing systems in her project to reflect the UAE’s commitment to sustainability.