The Centre for Learning, Training and Development (CLTD)’s Dr. Ronald Hawker just sold 80 photographs of abandoned villages on Qatar’s west coast to the National Museum of Qatar in Doha.
The 430,000 sq ft, $430 million structure is a major new development designed by famous French Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Jean Nouvel, based on the desert rose: a rose-like formation of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte found in the desert sands of this peninsular country in the Persian Gulf. The museum is built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace in downtown Doha and celebrates Qatar’s Bedouin and pearl-diving legacies.
Dr. Hawker published a major book on regional vernacular architecture in 2008 and was invited by London-based design consultancy Barker-Langham in 2013 to report on the museum’s collection of doors and carved plaster panels salvaged from the remains of local historic buildings. Dr. Hawker plans to exhibit these at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown this year.
The forecourt of a mosque in the abandoned village of Jumayl in Qatar