Nick Ames


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Mixed-use developments will make cities smarter and grow efficiently, according to regional architects

The future of mixed-use developments lies in integrating neighbourhoods rather than just focusing on one single building, according to thought leaders across the design and build spectrum. Success requires collaboration between concept architects, developers, construction specialists and operators who must “embrace the new … More

New documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi

The design and construction of Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi is now the subject of a TV documentary. National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) made the show as part of its Megastructures series. The 44-minute documentary, in partnership with the emirate’s  Tourism, Development and … More

Initiative offers free rent to young designers to add vibrancy to Downtown Beirut

Beirut’s young designers are taking over part of the city’s main souk to show off their creativity and restore a culture which took root before the devastating Lebanese Civil War, which raged from 1975 to 1990. Khan Al Joukh is the name of … More

Buildings from the Middle East shortlisted for 2018 RIBA prize

Two buildings from Turkey and one from Saudi Arabia have made it onto the list for the 2018 International Prize for best new building, a competition staged by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The winner of the biennial event will be … More

American architect who designed homes for two former US presidents died aged 89

The first US architect to design a major building in China who also created homes for two former presidents has died at the age of 89. MacDonald Becket, ex-chairman and CEO of the architecture firm Welton Becket and Associates, worked on projects such … More

Lebanese architect creates home from recycled materials that generates electricity

A project to build a home made from recycled materials which also generates its own electricity has been unveiled by Lebanese architect Nizar Haddad. Lifehaus homes include a greenhouse for growing food, solar panels for generating renewable energy, sustainable water use through rainwater … More

First museum dedicated to Iranian female artist opens in Tehran

Iran has opened its first museum dedicated solely to the work of a woman designer, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Farmanfarmaian, aged 93, has donated more 51 examples of her work to the new display in Tehran. It forms the Monir Museum, which opened on December … More

Dubai-based architects discuss what makes a successful residential project

Collaboration with the client and a focus on the end-user are two of the most important aspects of residential design, according to experts in creating villas and apartments in Dubai. Examining the lives of people is also a key to designing a space … More

Beyond Retail: What next for the shopping mall?

How to turn a visit to a shopping mall into an entertainment-orientated day out was a major part of a discussion called “Beyond Retail” which was staged by Middle East Architect. Taking part were Patrick Bean, design director at Lacasa, Islam Mashtooly, senior … More

Jamil Jadallah, NEB, on how to succeed in Dubai’s market

Conducting business according to a firm set of standards and an open and honest approach emphasising loyalty to clients are the keys to success across the increasingly competitive market place of Dubai. That is the view of Jamil Jadallah, CEO of National Engineering … More

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