Dubai Campus student named winner of prestigious design competition



Niria Alcuriza, a third year student of BA (Hons) Interior Design from the Dubai campus, has been announced as one of the three winners of ‘Resilient Student Design Challenge 2020’ – a design competition that sought innovative ideas and solutions to manage the impact of COVID-19 on people’s working lives. 

Organised by American University in Dubai and Herman Miller, a globally recognised leader in design, the competition challenged students to propose an efficient and flexible furniture system station suitable for home-based, office-based or academia-based use, especially intended for designers, architects and students.

Led by Adjunct Faculty Dima Alkawadri, Niria Alcuriza designed the ‘Trible’ – a flexible workspace that is portable and collapsible, making it convenient for users to carry it anywhere.

The Trible is made from sustainable, biodegradable materials with antimicrobial properties – suitable for maintaining a high standard of hygiene and helps reduce the spread of infections through high-touch surfaces. The Trible also features a biodegradable and washable sound barrier that possesses noise-reducing capabilities – helpful in improving the user’s concentration while studying or working. Made of aluminium, the tripod legs are sleek, light weight and adjustable with a twist lock.

Niria Alcuriza has been awarded an internship with Woods Bagot, a globally reputed architecture studio with worldwide presence. View the Trible on Vimeo.