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RIBA Gulf live lunch talk: Maryam Al-Irhayim on navigating the pandemic as a student

Livestreamed from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, join Maryam Al-Irhayim, current vice president for Students and Associates at the RIBA National Council, sitting on education, architecture for change, and future architects for her insights on navigating the pandemic as a student. This is the sixth instalment of the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks.

On 20 October 2021 at 1pm GST, join Maryam Al-Irhayim livestreamed from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates for the sixth instalment of the RIBA Gulf live lunch talks on the topic Navigating the pandemic as a student.

Maryam Al-Irhayim is a student originally from the UAE who currently studies remotely at the Manchester School of Architecture. She is also the current Vice President for Students and Associates at the RIBA Council.

Navigating the pandemic as a student

This session is focused on students and new graduates. The topic will discuss helpful tips to deal with the pandemic as a student of architecture.

Maryam states that COVID-19 certainly changes the studio dynamics. Moving from being surrounded by your peers to being isolated on your computer and watching your lecturer speak can be quite daunting, but in hardship there is strength and resilience. As we manoeuvre into trying to go back to what we perceived as normal there will be new challenges on balancing returning to the studio safely and online classes.

Learning objectives include:

  • learnings from current RIBA Vice President for students and associates at RIBA Council on dealing with the new hybrid and virtual environment of architecture learning through COVID
  • methods to increase motivation and classroom connection to fellow students and professors through virtual education
  • tips on applying for a job as an early architect through the pandemic
  • an extended interactive Q&A session to learn more about being an architecture student in current times and studying in the UK

About Maryam Al-Irhayim

Current Vice President for Students and Associates on RIBA Council. Maryam is also a recipient of the UNESCO Prix Versailles Award 2019 and recently came top 10 in another UNESCO competition. She is currently an architecture student at Manchester School of Architecture and is interested in conservation and computational design.

Maryam is a student representative of Architecture for Change and Future Architects through her dedication to the architecture profession and passion for representing students.

About RIBA Gulf live lunch talks

The RIBA Gulf live lunch talks are designed to share and expand knowledge on projects from across the Gulf and promote interactive conversations with leading architects over your lunch break. These events highlight voices from across the Gulf to delve deeper into their projects and highlight various views from across the Gulf while hosting a live Q&A session with the audience.