Solar Decathlon (Middle East) Competition 2018

MacLaren, A. J. W. (Participant), Muhammed, S. (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in Festival or Exhibition


The SDME is a competition to design and construct the House of the Future. Heriot-Watt's entry in 2018 was led by Shameel Muhammed and staff from the Dubai Campus. Heriot-Watt was selected as one of 22 teams to take part. The house was successfully designed, procured and constructed, and achieved 4th position overall in the competition: a significant achievement for the first time the university has entered such a competition. The project is unique: a live-build, student-led, research-integrated curriculum activity which allows for real innovation in interdisciplinary learning and in research.
Period3 Nov 201814 Nov 2018
Event typeExhibition
LocationDubai, United Arab Emirates
Degree of RecognitionInternational

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


  • construction
  • sustainability
  • design
  • Solar Decathlon
  • pedagogy
  • Sustainable Design
  • Live Projects