Innovation <Imagine>


  • Organize design competitions in the School of Architecture, Art and Design (SAAD) related fields;
  • Identify, vet and pitch innovative ideas internally and to potential entrepreneurs in related fields;
  • Disseminate innovative outputs in local, regional, and global exhibitions; and,
  • Patent licensing agreements of innovations and products with partners and stakeholders.


CRID COMPETITIONS: ELEVATE 2024: The Airborne Vehicle Design Competition


ELEVATE 2024: The Airborne Vehicle Design Competition

A collaboration between AEIC and CRID, this competition invites students at AUD across all Schools to participate in a scholarly discourse on aerial automotive design. Sponsored and supported by Majid al Futtaim (MAF), Caparo, and the Dubai Police, this competition seeks to galvanize multidisciplinary innovators to proffer avant-garde flying car designs that not only redress contemporary transportation quandaries but also underscore ecological stewardship. To learn more about the competition details, timeline, and prizes, please scan the QR Code in the poster.


CRID COMPETITIONS: Dreamscapes: Envisioning the Future of Dubai with AI




Initiated by Majid Al Futtaim and AUD-CRID, this competition is an opportunity to transform the city's hoardings into a canvas that narrates the Dubai’s journey towards its future. AUD students will be given the opportunity to contribute to Dubai's narrative and envision its future through diverse artistic lenses. The objective is to create inspiring public art pieces on street hoardings using artificial intelligence tools.


DESIGN BRIEF January 25, 2024


The CRID Competitions in collaboration with COSENTINO is launching at AUD the Cosentino Design Challenge that consists of two categories; CDC International Design and CDC International Architecture.

The 17th Cosentino Design Challenge International Design Competition has the objective of: “PERMANENT VS POP-UP RETAIL…AND THE FOCUS TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY.” Students may choose the form and surface of the area of action freely.

The 17th Cosentino Design Challenge International Architecture Competition has the objective of working on: “GREEN ARCHITECTURE WITH DEKTON AND STONE.” Fusion of architecture, materials and natural landscape.

For full understanding of the competition click on the following link:

POSTER  |  January 2023

CRID COMPETITIONS: Architecture and Design Competition – Majid al Futtaim Alaya Gardens

The CRID Competitions in collaboration with Majid Al Futtaim Flagship Communities are launching architecture and design competition at the School of architecture art and design the American University in Dubai. Judged according to a robust set of criteria based on levels of creativity, sustainability, and overall aesthetics, in line with the design brief set by Majid Al Futtaim Communities, the AUD student submitting the winning design will be awarded AED 25,000, with two further awards available of AED 15,000 as a second prize and AED 10,000 for the runner-up. All three finalists will then be invited to join the Majid Al Futtaim Communities’ Development Team during subsequent semesters to gain valuable insight into the development process, where they will play an active role in the realization of the project concept.

POSTER  |  DESIGN BRIEF  |  VIDEO  |  September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am

CRID Competitions: The RIBA - NFF Design Challenge

The CRID in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University in Dubai will select one representative to apply for the RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship based on an internal procedure supervised by Prof. Mohammed Balila who is the advisor on the competition. Receive a grant of £ 7,000 to develop a research project investigating the sustainable survival of our cities and towns. 

  • Eligibility: 
    3rd year Architecture student or above 
  • Requirements: 
    1 PDF poster in A1 size, detailing the proposal (topic, objective, locations). Applicants are restricted to 500 words on the poster submission, and images should be high-resolution. 
  • Application deadline: 
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021
  • Applications to be sent via email to: 
    Prof. Mohammed Balila at 

Full details are available 
Register for the Launching of the Competition HERE

CRID EVENT SERIES - archEatable by Jose Carrillo

This online event is the Showcase and Awards Ceremony of the innovative collaboration between students of architecture and elite culinary Chefs of the region. The event is hosted and powered by The Center for Research, Innovation, and Design (CRID) and COSENTINO [C]. Stay tuned to our Instagram @archEatable

POSTER  |  December 14, 2020 at 4:00pm (Dubai)


The CRID Competitions is launching the SAMSUNG ECO-PACKAGING DESIGN CHALLENGE. Samsung have an innovative TV range called “Lifestyle TV”, which includes The Seriff, The Frame and The Sero. The Lifestyle TV range celebrates design, innovation and style – and every TV box for our Lifestyle range has been specially produced allowing them to upcycled and re-used allowing the public to create a truly unique design.

POSTER  |  November 05, 2020 at 11:00am (Dubai)

CRID COMPETITIONS: United Nude - Wearable Art by United Nude

The Competition will request the faculty/students to design lifestyle components in line with the United Nude brand with below criteria:

  • Design to be relevant to United Nude personality and DNA / Futuristic, minimalist with elements of architecture built-in
  • Design to have a function
  • Design to be commercially viable to produce
  • Design can be lifestyle accessories like wallets, heels, backpacks, sandals, watch straps, shoe box, socks, heels, elements that can be attached to shoes etc.
  • Design can also be for additions and components that can be fixed in the United Nude Flagship store with a function. Highly creative and should add to the look and feel of the shop.

POSTER  |  September 2019

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