Oliver Ephgrave

Oliver Ephgrave

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Abu Dhabi to have ARE architecture exam centre

The USA’s National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is finalising negotiations to make the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) available in a test centre in Abu Dhabi. The seven-division, computer-based examination is required by all 54 USA jurisdictions for architectural licensure and is … More

Feeling stable

Designmena.com learns about the work of Leigh & Orange, including its flagship equestrian centre,  from principal director David Stanford What projects are L&O working on in the Middle East? We continue to work on Leigh & Orange’s landmark Al Shaqab Equestrian Academy at … More

Dubai’s older buildings at risk of quake damage

The earthquake resistance of buildings in Dubai was questioned by a panel of experts at the Middle East Architect roundtable, which took place while a 7.8-magnitude tremor hit Iran. A discussion on earthquakes was prompted after the roundtable participants were evacuated from the … More

Bene reveals playful office chair RIYA

Austria based manufacturer Bene has unveiled its new office chair RIYA, which offers a more playful form for the workplace. RIYA is the latest project to emerge from office expert Bene’s ongoing relationship with London based studio PearsonLloyd. Designer Tom Lloyd said: “RIYA … More

UAE’s largest conservatory built for architecture students

Swiftrooms LLC has recently completed the largest conservatory project in the UAE for the School of Architecture, Art and Design at American University in Dubai (AUD). The 35m x 10m  conservatory is called ‘Glass Box’, and will be used by students for lessons, … More

School’s in

Designmena chats to Mark McCarthy, education design principal at Perkins Eastman, about the region’s education requirements We are seeing an increasing interest in and dedication to investing in education in the Middle East and North Africa. Particularly primary and secondary education, both in … More

In Pictures: Pritzker winner Toyo Ito

Designmena picks the highlights from the portfolio of the 2013 Pritzker Prize winner, Japanese architect Toyo Ito. To read the news story on the award, click here.

RNL Abu Dhabi appoints associate principal

The Abu Dhabi office of design firm RNL has appointed Jess Alexander as associate principal,  a specialist in sustainable urban design and master planning. Alexander’s  focus has been on design and project management on a variety of new cities, communities and developments, many … More

Toyo Ito wins 2013 Pritzker Prize

Japan-based Toyo Ito will be the recipient of the 2013 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest accolade for an architect. Calling him a “creator of timeless buildings,” the Pritzker jury cited Ito for “infusing his designs with a spiritual dimension and for the poetics … More

Case study: ME Hotel

Now open in in the heart of London’s West End, the ME Hotel has been entirely designed by Foster + Partners, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings.  It combines a new 157-bed hotel with the restored 1904 Marconi House, … More

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