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Interview: Martin Brudnizki turns attention to the Middle East

Drawing on his experience of designing some of the most refined and elegant restaurants worldwide, from Soho Beach House in Miami to Le Caprice in New York and Scott’s in Mayfair, London-based designer Martin Brudnizki is now turning his attention to projects across … More

Interview: EDGE

Just launched in Dubai is EDGE – an architect firm which is promising to give new talent a chance to blossom and push back design boundaries. Martin Baerschmidt and Ivar Krasinski are the founders of the newly rebranded design group and both are … More

Interview: Farida Farag, Atkins

Tackling social and cultural issues through design is at the heart of the work of Farida Farag of Atkins. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, educated in the USA, but an Egyptian national she has been working at the company for just under … More

Interview: Sara Khamis, Lacasa

Nick Ames meets Sara Khamis of Lacasa who never had any doubt that her future lay in building design. From an extremely young age Sara Khamis had one major passion when it came to a career – getting the chance to design inspiring … More

Interview: Sasan Niknam

Nick Ames meets Sasan Niknam of U+A Architects who feels design is a vital factor in creating an urban identity. The combination of architecture, landscaping, infrastructure and socio-economic and environmental factors are what drew Sasan Niknam to feel a real passion for urban … More

Zyed Ben Cheikh: An introduction

Dubai acts as a giant laboratory for architectural experimentation, according to Zyed Ben Cheikh. The senior design architect with Lacasa, born in Tunisia, says he is working in a place where ideas can be explored and new concepts realised – and where philosophical … More

Chris Browning, NORR: Architect, Building, City

NORR director Chris Browning on his inspirations in building design. Architect Tadao Ando I became fascinated with Ando’s work whilst working in Osaka in 1994, where, like Santiago Calatrava, he successfully blurs the lines between architect and engineer. His career-defining use of exposed … More

Allen key to unlock the Middle East market

Stuart Allen, founder of Allen Architecture Interiors Design, recalls the memories of working on high-end projects in NYC and London and shares the challenges of setting up business in the UAE from a hotel room. British Airways’ new lounge at Dubai airport, General … More

Naji Attalah of Autodesk comments on future of 3D design technology and what it means for projects

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is playing an increasing role across the entire spectrum of the design and build industry in the Middle East. And it is becoming more and more the norm for the 3D technology, which provides a constantly updated virtual … More

Designer Gavin Munro makes furniture by molding growing trees into chairs

CID talks to Gavin Munro, a British furniture designer who grows young trees into chairs. Throughout history, many great inventions were doubted, dismissed and ridiculed at their time –and for Gavin Munro, a British designer and carpenter, it is no different. On his … More

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