I just came back from Burger Boutique. I was met up with my university design professor Halim Choueiry who has been in Kuwait for a couple of days now on business. He now teaches at the Virginia Commonwealth University and is a really good friend of mine. I don't think there is any designer in the Middle East who is a better designer then he is. He is leaving tomorrow back to Qatar but I will be seeing him again in February during Tasmeem Doha where Bruce Mau will be giving a keynote. Anyway, here is Halim's biography from the ICOGRADA website, he rocks:
ICOGRADA - Vice President
Originally from Lebanon, Halim Choueiry is a design educator and practitioner based in Qatar. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Having obtained a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees, he is undertaking a PhD in Design at Brighton University in the United Kingdom. Halim also runs his own design studio, Cinnamon, which specialises in cultural patterning identification, visual development of bilingual corporate identities, and the simultaneous typographic representation of Latin-based languages and Arabic.
In addition to design consultancy, Halim publishes Comma, a quarterly pan-Arab graphic design magazine. He has won several national and international design competitions and has extensive experience in judging for student competitions and advertising awards. His involvement in international events includes conducting design conferences and chairing Creative Nights, a workshop series held throughout the Arab countries. He is dedicated to bringing about changes in the approach and look of graphic design in the Middle East and the Gulf region.