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Jamil Jadallah, NEB, on how to succeed in Dubai’s market

Conducting business according to a firm set of standards and an open and honest approach emphasising loyalty to clients are the keys to success across the increasingly competitive market place of Dubai. That is the view of Jamil Jadallah, CEO of National Engineering … More

“Feel the energy” – Sean Tan of Woods Bagot likes to design cities in flux

  The energy of an ever-evolving urban environment is what inspires the designs of Sean Tan of Woods Bagot. The 29-year-old, who was born in Malaysia but grew up and studied in New Zealand, is attracted to cities which are in the process … More

Interviw: Ana d’Castro of BIA Design on designing with art in the heart

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic speaks to Ana D’Castro, Founder of BIA Design, about how she started, where she’s heading and whether women in architecture and the design world really have to work and fight harder to prove themselves? It is difficult to define Portuguese-born architect … More

Architect of the Year 2016 Matthew Engele

  Last year’s winner of the Middle East Architect of the Year award was Matthew Engele, now regional design director at Woods Bagot. Here he writes a personal piece about how it felt to be voted number one, along with what the awards … More

“Architecture is the most social and public form of art” says Tommaso Calistri of Killa Design

  Tommaso Calistri of Killa Design speaks to Aidan Imanova about the purpose of architecture and designing the Museum of the Future Tommaso Calistri started working at Killa Design since March 2015, soon after the company first opened. “My first project at Killa … More

Inspired by culture: Lubna El Orfaly of Lacasa

A trip to Madrid, Spain, in 2007 led to a career choice for 24-year-old Lubna El Orfaly, who is an architect at Lacasa. “The buildings just struck me,” she says. “I noticed the level of detail and that was what attracted me to … More

Designing for people – Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will

The increased emphasis on design promoting interconnectivity and creating public spaces in Dubai shows the way forward for architecture, says Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will. The 28-year-old from the town of Logrono, in northern Spain, says his favourite local development is City … More

Interview: Studio EM on running the business as a family

British interior architect Emma Stinson is the creative force behind Dubai-based Studio EM, which she co-founded back in 2011 with her husband Kristian who manages the business operations. In the past five years, the studio has gone from their spare room to now … More

The rise and rise of Agata Kurzela

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to CID’s Interior Designer of the Year, Agata Kurzela about her successes to date and her ambitions for the future. With more than a decade of work in master planning, architecture and interior design, Polish-born Agata Kurzela has been delivering … More

Interview with Isabel Pintado: Balancing work, design and family life

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to Isabel Pintado, managing director of Wilson Associates Middle East about the importance of managing talent and work life balance. With 20 years in the design industry and more than a decade of working in the Middle East for award-winning … More

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