AUD CRID highlights eight virtual design projects

Dezeen School Shows: metaverse houses lit by the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dalí and are included in Dezeen’s latest school exhibition by students from the AUD Center for Research, Innovation and Design.

Also included are VR design projects exploring how users connect with their mind, body, and senses.


Institution: American University in Dubai (AUD)
School: The Center for Research, Innovation and Design (CRID), School of Architecture, Art and Design
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy

School statement:

“The Center for Research, Innovation and Design (CRID) is the first and only Authorized VR Sketch Training Center and a Certified Gravity Sketch Center in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. ).

“The DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments course would not have been possible without the virtual reality configuration that was implemented in the center. The course was designed and executed by Dr. Georges Kachaamy, who is a certified instructor and an expert in future and virtual environments.

“It can be comfortably said from looking at the students’ work that the innovative nature of the course has clearly enabled students to explore new skills and design competencies that prepare them for a very competitive marketplace.

“The course introduces students to the principles of virtual reality modeling methods. Students acquire passive and active learning techniques that allow them to design in 3D in an immersive way in virtual reality.

“The end result of the course is based on the specific design brief which requires students to create virtual environments consistent with the objectives of each brief. The course was designed to fundamentally create projects that can only be experienced inside virtual reality, rather than a project to live in the real physical world.”


Lucid Convergence by Omar Allabban

“Lucid Convergence is a meta-house composed of a collection of fragments translated into spaces that meet and intersect, mimicking the feeling of lucid dreaming with surreal scales and non-functional symbolic spaces.

“Each room in the house is a geometric translation of its symbolic meaning in dreams. This design principle creates a house in the metaverse that serves as an artistic statement for its owner in the virtual world, rather than serving as a conventional functional home. “

Student: Omar Allaban
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


Orange VR space with light orange spheres by CRID student

Centauraus Æ by Bandar Alkayyal

“Home is a virtual space for human habitation. The metaverse is the new home where technology and people meet.

“Centauraus Æ is derived from the fact that different realities meet in one. The design of the house is based on Salvador Dalí’s surreal expression of chance and unpredictability.

“Spaces are designed based on his art to destabilize and transgress boundaries with the liberation of thought and language.”

Student: Bandar Alkayal
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


VR space design with reflective water background and large yellow spike growths

Deus Ex Machina by Sahar Nami

“The Metahaus Deus Ex Machina is inspired by the painting The Elephant by Salvador Dalí, where large spaces are placed on thin structures to provide a spatial experience for its visitors.

“Visitors are guided by the pathway through a forest of slender structures that lead to interior spaces, such as the living room and bedroom, which then lead to the main central exhibition space.

“The virtual exhibition space is designed as a gallery that allows visitors to experience the space.”

Student: Sahar Nami
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


Space Cube VR with square cutouts at staggered points along the wall and floor

DK 22 by Mariam Haddad

“The concept of DK 22 revolves around decomposition, which is one of the main themes of Salvador Dalí’s work.

“The further you go into the house, the more the house breaks down into smaller, more fractured particles and the process of decomposition.

“When one reaches the final destination, the space becomes a dark room that is perforated and broken down in such a way as to present the whole journey and structure as a final glimpse.”

Student: Mariam Haddad
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


A corrugated floor with blue cylinders on the ground and hovering above by a CRID student

Casa de Telaraña by Nour Al Kilani

“Casa de Telaraña is inspired by Salvador Dalí’s darkest but most recurrent theme: death. While the surrealist artist usually depicts death by painting ants, here we are the ants.

“As we enter the unconventional house through a large web-like structure (the social center), it reflects an ant trapped in a spider’s web.

“Another repetitive concept often found in Dalí’s work is the depiction of weightless heavy objects, such as elephants with long thin legs.

“Casa de Telaraña portrays this theme by using extremely thin wires to suspend massive heavy objects and connect all the different areas of the VR space.”

Student: Nour Al-Kilani
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


VR space design with shard-like reflective metal surfaces by a CRID student

Jumana Yasser’s Unconscious House

“The unconscious collects and collects pieces of our daily life and stores them.

“This Metahaus project shows how the unconscious relates to the body as a whole.

“The rooms in the house show the powerful aspects of our unconscious and once we enter a room it unlocks a segment of our mind from our daily life.”

Student: Jumana Yasser
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


VR landscape made up of wavy brown ribbons on the ground and above

Rove by Naya Aslan

“The project is a journey of non-traditional explorations of the senses in an abstract linear space that paves the way for the user to navigate the soulless world around them.”

Student: Naya Aslan
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


A cubic VR room with gold faceted walls by a CRID student

Solicitude by Reem Tawfik

“Care is an intimidating space that wishes to explore three of the human senses in a different way: touch, hear and see.

“It takes the human body on an uncomfortable journey. However, after exploring all of space, one can finally breathe and be grateful for the senses.”

Student: Reem Tawfik
Course: DDFT 473 – Virtual Environments
Tutor: Doctor Georges Kachaamy


Content of the partnership

This school exhibition is a partnership between Dezeen and AUD Center for Research, Innovation, and Design. Learn more about Dezeen Partnership content here.

Robert M. Larson