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

Interview: Nas Alkhaldi

A passion for design and a desire to create a beautiful urban landscape have helped shape the personality of 28-year-old architect Nas Alkhaldi, who is part of the Dubai-based team working for OMA, the studio founded by Rem Koolhaas. “When you are young … More

Interview: Ceebo Shah and Khalid Sharan

Designers Ceebo Shah and Khalid Sharan talk to Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic about their upcoming projects and share their dream to design a first boutique hotel in Dubai Dubai-based studio Creative Clinic, led by the interior design duo Ceebo Shah and Khalid Sharan, prides itself … More

Interview: Atef Khedhir, LACASA

The spaces between buildings which allow for human interaction are as much a part of architecture as the structures themselves, says Lacasa’s Atef Khedhir. The 38-year-old Tunisian-born urban designer feels that this concept is one that architects need to explore more fully – … More

Interview: Designing on the EDGE

Farah Mudhefer, 26, Irene Caravaca, 27 and Nenad Filipovic, 28, all work at EDGE whose current projects include two major high end waterfront projects along with car showrooms for top brands such as Aston Martin Amidst the high-pressure design environment of the Middle … More

Taking a design journey with D3 architect Ali Abdullah Tehami

Now aged 25, Ali Abdullah Tehami has worked on 30 projects in just three years at Woods Bagot. Currently he is engaged in the City Walk development and his facades formed an important part of the overall aspect of the Dubai Design District … More

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