Mia Azar

Mia Azar

Mia Azar is a lecturer at the American University of Beirut’s Architecture and Design Department, where she has taught various practical and visual design courses to undergraduate students since 2013. In 2010, she joined PenguinCube, an award-winning design consultancy in Beirut with projects ranging from brand design to product design, with a core expertise in wayfinding and signage.

Despite its (partly-justified) reputation as a commerce-driven city with a dearth of art and culture, the evolution of Dubai's socioeconomic landscape in recent years has given rise to a new demand for cultural spaces, in particular local galleries and contemporary art studios. Al Quoz district, once a bland industrial quarter on the fringes of the city, has been the unlikely epicenter of this awakening, with a vibrant art and design community sprouting up between the extant manufacturing estates.

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PenguinCube’s donor wall for a non-profit art school shows that big ideas can be better than big budgets.

The Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace is a unique, scholarship-driven contemporary arts school and artist residency space that opened in Beirut in 2011. It provides a tuition-free program for 15 young artists and cultural practitioners to work for 11 months alongside a resident scholar.  

The Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace is a scholarship-driven contemporary arts school and artist residency space that opened its doors to students in 2011. The space provides a tuition-free program for 15 young artists and cultural practitioners to work for 11 months alongside a resident scholar. 

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