We’ve asked artists, architects and designers plus architectural students from LAU, to share with us their thoughts and ideas as they relate to their favorite cities, Utopian urban design and various life experiences. Here are their answers, along with original works that best reflect their passion, creativity and emotions.

Tell us about the work you submitted. What does it say about you?

The work I submitted this semester at LAU was from a course on Visual Dynamics The projects were composed of five stages, all linked together. They were inspired by three movies: Metropolis by Robert Lang, Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. My projects are based on combining two different elements such as light and dark colors, paint and tangible elements in order to create visual interest, excitement and drama. The projects are a result of my own creation and imagination. They reflect a combination of two opposite elements and make it look unique. It is to prove that different elements can click and make something beautiful such as art itself. To me thinking outside the box is the thing.

Catherine Hammoud ink representation

When creating a new piece, what inspires you most?

When creating a new piece I try creating something different and pleasant to the eye. I Listen to music, look at the blank canvas and think about the series of events that happened to me during the day, from class lectures, to conversations with my family or friends or even looking outside my window and staring at the city.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would choose any tropical island, because of its positive vibes, serenity when looking at the beach and contemplating the degradation of the blue colour.

Catherine Hammoud assemblage

What’s one thing you could never live without? Why is it so important to you?

One thing that any person cannot live without are the ones whose support keeps them continuing their life naturally. For me it is the people that I love and care about who are my family and the closest people to my heart. It is very important for me to have support and motivation from the people I love and care about this by itself inspires me to give my all and make them proud of what I make.

Catherine Hammoud cement and wood abstraction

Who’s the person you admire and why?

The person that I would admire is any person that reaches a place in life of success from scratch. Building your own life from zero, learning from each experience in life, learning how to accept what comes in your life even if it was weakness on the contrary becoming stronger and taking it for your own advantage. Looking up at my father, he is a strong man who built his own life from nothing. Never giving up on what you want will let anyone reach their aim. The sky is the limit for everything.

Describe yourself in just one word.