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As a design-build studio, this two-semester-long prototyping and building studio involved using both digital and analog tools to design and actually build a sound absorbing system that will be located in the foundations basement of CAAD at AUS. The prototype was designed and built by a group of 8 students during the Fall semester of '13/'14, and developed and installed as a permanent structure in Spring '14 by a group of 14 students. The wall is currently in the basement level of the American University of Sharjah's College of Architecture, Art and Design studio building.

The Project has gone on to win the American Institute of Architecture, Middle East Chapter's Design Merit Award in 2015. In the same year, Emily Baker, the studio instructor, accepted Associate of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Design Build Award for Best Practices in School-based Design-Build projects. For her work on the project, Mays Albeik won the Architectural Research Centers Consortium's Student King Medal for Excellence in Environmental and Architectural Research in 2014.