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Anarchitect with a difference

Anarchitect co-owner and director, Jonathan Ashmore, tells Rima Alsammarae how he came to find his new award-winning design and architecture practice. Having grown up in Sheffield, England, Jonathan Ashmore notes that he always had a passion for architecture and the effect that different … More

Introduction: Jason Chia, Perkins + Will

The natural landscape should be a fundamental factor when it comes to design according to 27-year-old Jason Chia. Born in Singapore Chia is a leading member of the urban design team at Perkins + Will which is based in Dubai and currently involved … More

Rim Guirari : The global citizen

As an interior designer at Creneau International, Rim Guirari has worked on a number of familiar projects across the region. And with a background that spans across borders, she has proven her innate talent for delivering varying styles and aesthetics. At 27 years … More

Noha Jaheen uses nature to inspire design

Architect Noha Jaheen is a designer with an eye towards sustainability as well as learning from – and preserving – the best of the past. Among her influences are the growth of organic and inorganic natural materials and how the lessons of nature … More

Pallavi Dean speaks of moving forward

Pallavi Dean, design director, Pallavi Dean Interiors, tells Rima Alsammarae her secrets of success for the firm’s recent growth Pallavi Dean Interiors is a Dubai-based, boutique interior design firm that’s known for delivering tasteful interiors throughout the region. Established by design heavy-weight Pallavi … More

Husasmddine carries on family tradition in architecture

Rama Husamddine of Perkins + Will is carrying on the family tradition by electing to pursue a career as an architect. A member of the company’s Dubai-based urban design team, she is following in the footsteps of her grandfather and mother. “They were … More

Interior Designer of the Year: Interview with Diane Thorsen, Perkins + Will

As design director of Perkins + Will, one of the region’s most successful design firms, Diane Thorsen has a lot on her plate and she seems to be managing it all quite effortlessly. Since realising the power of art as a child, it … More

British architecture’s voice in the Gulf

Nick Ames meets Sumaya Dabbagh, architect and RIBA committee member who emphasises the positive aspect a high standard of design can have on everyday life An understanding of culture and the nuances of daily life in the Middle East is fundamental to the … More

Burj Al Arab designer Khuan Chew talks about moving on from iconic project

It would seem that famed interior designer Khuan Chew has had an uninterrupted string of successful projects not only in the Middle East, but in other regions as well. While the path she started on as a child was bumpy, it remained steady … More

Heritage master

Design excellence doesn’t have to be all about the biggest and brashest constructions of glass and steel, according to Benoy’s Alex Cunningham. Instead striking structures can reflect a nation’s culture said the 29-year-old who has been working in Dubai for the past eight months. “You can … More

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