Our Debt To Society
We believe in contributing to – and advancing – humanity.
We try to encourage and promote architecture that responds to our society’s unique environmental, social, and economic circumstances. And we try support initiatives that enrich our national identity and ways of life.
Here is a quick look at some of the initiatives we are involved in:
- Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design
- Abdullatif Al Fozan Award For Mosque Architecture
- Omrania’s Intern Program
- Engagements With Local Universities
- Career Day at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
- Tawteen Via Development Project in Al-Ola
- King Salman Kidney Diseases Center
- Disabled Children Association
- Down Syndrome Charitable Association
Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design
Omrania and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) run together an annual Award for the best graduation projects by students of architecture throughout the Arab World. The Award was initiated in 2008.
This Award provides a unique opportunity for recognizing and encouraging excellence in teaching architectural design, and also in honoring graduating students. It also promotes healthy competition among architectural programs in the Arab World, and helps focus attention on the process of architectural education.
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Abdullatif Al Fozan Award For Mosque Architecture
This award was launched in 2012 Abdullatif Al Fozan, with the aim of creating an international award program for best practices in design, construction and maintenance of contemporary mosques in Saudi Arabia built since 1970.
Omrania participates with an independent jury to assess the mosques nominated for the award. We look at their architectural design, sense of spirituality, functionality, technology, and integration of the building into its local environment.
In years to come, the award will be open to mosques across the globe.
Omrania’s Intern Program
Omrania is currently developing an intern-training program for Saudi architecture students.
We look for creative architecture students who possess multiple skills, got an eye for detail, and who are eager to learn about architecture. We try to allow interns to participate in cross sectional activities, giving them the opportunity to be exposed to hands-on practices and to make a real contribution to the grueling process of designing new buildings, maybe Riyadh’s next skyscraper ☺ .
Architecture is an evolving field, and in Saudi Arabia, architects are going to continue to be in high demand in the coming years. However, there are challenges that face the future generation of Saudi architects, such as how to develop the core skills and the mindset that freshly minted graduates need in order to survive in their future career. We aim to capitalize on the intern’s design and rendering skills, while teaching them some professional practice skills. They can learn about things like: team work, work ethics, and some other core skills that can make them invaluable employees, and prepare them for a rich career in the future.
Engagements With Local Universities
Omrania strives to expand its collaboration with local universities with the aim of further developing the future generation of Saudi architects and helping them succeed in their future careers. By finding ways of providing access to the breadth of experiences that Omrania’s team has accumulated over the years, the company hopes to help universities (faculty, staff, and students) increase their contributions to economic vitality, educational outcomes, and quality of life.
We have been involved in reviewing the internship programs’ of a number of local universities. Moreover, we are currently serving on the Board of a Saudi university to review their architecture program teaching curriculum.
Dar Al Uloom University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
We continuously attend and participate in the evaluation of the architecture students’ final design project.
Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
We reviewed the set up of their internship program for design students
Al Yamamah University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Omrania serves on the Board for reviewing the College of Architecture curriculum
Career Day at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM)
Omrania supports Career Day at KFUPM; one of the leading HR development programs adopted by the University. The event was first organized on 1984, and it has picked up momentum since then.
We believe in advancing the relationship between academia and businesses. And providing the labor market with the right skilled technical resources is one step in the right direction. The Career Day allows graduates to be aware of the job and training opportunities available in participating companies, and to increase their knowledge of labor market, its needs, and the level of qualification required. Career Day also help students in their selection of specialization according to the standards prevailing in labor market.
We attend the event to present career opportunities for highly-qualified young Saudi architects. We interview, answer questions, and provide students with further information about Omrania. We are committed to attending career days in line with our strategic direction of recruiting, developing, and retaining talented young Saudis. This also reflects our commitment to Saudisation and to offering opportunities to help prepare Saudis for future careers in architecture.
Career Day is one way to support the development of young Saudis as part of a wider Kingdom-wide movement to transfer capability to future generations.
Tawteen Via Development Project in Al-Ola
Omrania supports the “Tawteen Via Development” Project in Al-Ola in the western region in Saudi Arabia; a joint initiative between Taiba University Research & Consulting Institute and a number of Saudi companies. The Project started as a civic entrepreneurism enterprise in 2011, and then gained momentum in 2014. It aims at creating work opportunities for the local rural community at Al-Ola, by introducing new agricultural industries. Focus is on activating the women workforce, and on approaching the family as a productive unit. The Project capitalizes on planting, harvesting, and processing produce of an indigenous tree (Moringa), and on local sheep products. The imitative has been a huge success so far; it has spread to over 40 villages, employing around 1,000 local residents (mostly women) over a short period of time.
To learn more about the project, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc2BUrEZwn0
King Salman Kidney Diseases Center
Omrania is proud to have designed the beautiful building that is home to the King Salman Kidney Diseases Center – back in the mid 90s.
The Center is one of the largest dialysis centers in the Middle East, with a capacity of over 600 patients. It is one of the self-run centers of the Ministry of Health. It provides patients with A to Z services, ranging from medical consultations to dialysis, lab tests, medical imaging, medications, patient care and transfers, nutrition, social and psychological counseling, and awareness raising.
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Disabled Children Association
Omrania proudly supports the Disabled Children Association in Saudi Arabia. We believe in the rights of people with disabilities to live with dignity, and to flourish. The Kingdom has focused on supporting people with disabilities since the initiation for many years. The government and the civic society has provided modern welfare and treatment means to people with disabilities to help them adapt to society, the environment, and life by taking into consideration their intellectual, psychological, physical and livelihood features. The Disabled Children Association is one of the leading NGOs that care for kids across 11 locations in the country. They run over 15 programs, and they offer medical, educational, social services, as well as capacity building and awareness raising activities.
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Down Syndrome Charitable Association
Omrania proudly supports the Down Syndrome Charitable Association (DSCA) in Saudi Arabia. We have contributed the full design and engineering of DSCA’s new headquarter, and we continue to support its activities till today.
We believe in the rights of people with disabilities to live with dignity, and to flourish. The Kingdom has focused on supporting people with disabilities for many years. The government and the civic society has provided modern welfare and treatment means to people with disabilities to help them adapt to society, the environment, and life by taking into consideration their intellectual, psychological, physical and livelihood features.
DSCA aims to become a local think-tank, empowering and helping families to provide for children with Down syndrome a dignified and fair life. The association offers early intervention services, education, and family programs. DSCA also works on in integrating children with the community through providing training and liaison with relevant public and private institutions.
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