Designing Art and Space with Emotion

An Interview with Designer Maha Alamri

Designer Maha Alamri shares how emotion creates compelling spaces in art and architecture.

“When I… discovered my passion for architecture and design, it added value to my art skills. I learned how to play with color palettes and create emotions as one would when designing a space.”

Maha Alamri — I am currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland pursuing my Master’s degree in Architecture. I completed my Bachelor’s degree at George Washington University in Interior Architecture and Design. Over the years, I worked at different interior design firms and focused my attention on high-end residential design.

I have been into art for as long as I can remember. Growing up I loved drawing characters and creating stories for them. After getting into Japanese animation and comic books, I started illustrating people and drawing portraits, and developed my art direction from there.

When I started my Bachelor’s degree and discovered my passion for architecture and design, it added value to my art skills. I learned how to play with color palettes and create emotions as one would when designing a space. Architecture and illustration have a lot of similarity — creating a story for viewers to experience and then build on that story with their imagination. That is how I approach my design, whether in architecture or illustration.

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