RIYADH: The Saudi Architecture and Design Commission organized an open meeting on Sunday in conjunction with the celebration of International Design Day, which falls on April 27 each year.
The meeting reviewed the role of design and its ability to effect positive change. It also reviewed the commission’s role in developing the design sectors.
The commission’s CEO Dr. Sumaya Al-Sulaiman addressed the commission’s objectives under the “Square Strategy,” which reflects the aspiration to launch a new era for architecture and design in Saudi Arabia.
The meeting is part of a series of open meetings that the commission has been organizing as a channel of communication and social engagement. It aims to enrich the cultural landscape of architecture and design, provide a space for constructive dialogues, and exchange visions and ideas to advance the sector.
The main objectives of the strategy include developing the sector, contributing to the gross domestic product, fostering talent, obtaining global recognition, achieving sustainability, and supporting innovation.
Al-Sulaiman said that the commission focuses on impacting the lives of practitioners in the field by providing job opportunities in the creative sectors.
This will be facilitated through simplifying licensing procedures to regulate design professions and raise the quality of output, she said.
Holding events to create a space for Saudi professionals to network while bringing in the latest insights and ideas through direct investment and support for academic institutions in the field will also contribute to the growth of the sector, Al-Sulaiman added.