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Ahmad
Saqfalhait

Position
Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Chair
Department
Department of the Arts

Profile

Brief Biography

Ahmad Saqfalhait has regional experience in design and design education, from Jordan and the Gulf region to Egypt where he taught for five years at the German University in Cairo, and helped develop its graphic design program by focusing on social development through design. 

He also co-founded “Hundred Best Arabic Posters” biannual competition in 2015 which created a regional design platform with a traveling exhibition and a book celebrating the diversity of contemporary Arabic design. 

Saqfalhait has a special interest in Japanese tea culture where he trained under a few renowned tea teachers in Japan. During his work at the German University in Cairo, he integrated his knowledge of tea practice within design education to create a multi-disciplinary design course for product design, graphic design and architecture students and offered it in collaboration with two other faculty members. 

Since Saqfalhait joined the AUC in July 2019, he worked on merging his experience in Analog Game Design with his long-time passion for gaming, and ventured into digital game design and development, by teaming up with engineer ElHassan Makled, to co-design and co-teach the first Intro to game design and development course at the AUC, where students from the Graphic Design program and Computer Science and Engineering work collaboratively by building on their unique skills, and learning the basics of the others’ discipline, for a better integral process.

Saqfalhait hopes to connect academia with the gaming industry, to support its local and regional scenes.

 

 

Research Interest
  • Game Design and Development
  • Local and Cross-Cultural Design
  • Social Development
  • Sustainable Design
Education
  • Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Major, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan.