Aisha Nasser Al Sowaidi, Director
Aisha is a multidisciplinary designer based in Qatar. Her design practice and research explore themes of home, nostalgia, childhood, memory, heritage, and Doha’s rapid growth. These themes are reflected in the design collection Bear with Me – a series of bear-shaped objects including candles, mirrors, and screen panels – igniting past childhood memories and serving as a metaphor for Qatar’s present rapid urbanisation. Aisha’s reflective installation, The State of You, was included in the 2018 London Design Biennale, and her Central Midkhan design is currently on show in the National Museum of Qatar. Both works engage the viewer in a sensory experience by releasing traditional Qatari household scents, namely oud and cardamon, to ignite the feeling of home and the past.
Aisha was an artist-in-residence and curatorial assistant at the Fire Station Doha before becoming the director for Qatar Museum’s latest design hub, Liwan Design Studios and Labs. Through her various positions at Qatar Museums, she has continued to amplify Qatar’s role as an emerging cultural centre. She holds an MFA in Design Studies and a BA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar.