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Khaled El Mays: Lebanon’s visualiser

Lebanese born and raised Khaled El Mays started his career by studying architecture at one of the Middle East’s top universities, the American University of Beirut. He then went on to study fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York, and while his … More

Joakim de Rham of Swiss Bureau tells us how far he’s come since moving to Dubai

Having grown up in Switzerland, Joakim de Rham was raised in a family passionate about architecture and construction. With a father who worked as an architect, de Rham and his brothers were provided with a foundation in the fields of art, architecture and … More

The irony of sustainability by Indu Varanasi

There has been a lot said about sustainability; it is the catch phase and in-thing. Sometimes, it seems fashionable too. Everywhere from my neighborhood café to my ready-made apparel store is now ‘sustainable’. And yet, why is it that we consume more energy … More

Venky Kamat and the language of design

The language of architecture and the ability of a design to inspire and break barriers is under threat according to Venky Kamat who is now part of the team at Khatib & Alami, a company with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. … More

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

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