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#RisingStars: Meet Dilara Ajun of ATI Consultants Architect Engineers

Turkish-born interior designer Dilara Ajun may be considered as a young designer due to her age, but as the head of the interior design department at Dubai-based ATI Consultants Architect Engineers, she has already managed to build an impressive portfolio of completed projects. … More

#RisingStars: Meet Aakriti Dhaliwal from Interior Motives

Unlike many programmes around the world, Aakriti Dhaliwal’s design education at the Inchbald School of Design adapted a very hands-on approach, including working on briefs from real clients and learning to design around their needs. Dhaliwal then proceeded to switch her career focus … More

#RisingStars: Meet Annika Broemmer from RSP Architects Planners & Engineers

Annika Broemmer began her career at RSP Architects & Engineers, where she joined directly as a junior interior designer upon completing her studies at the American University in Dubai. While her studies provided her with a solid foundation for creative and theoretical practice, … More

#RisingStars: Meet Nikita Chellani from Draw Link Group

Nikita Chellani currently works as a junior interior designer at the Draw Link Group’s Dubai office. Her first experience with the world of design was an internship at WA International in the summer of 2009 while still in high school. “At the age … More

#RisingStars: Meet Anita Bir from Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)

Anita Bir’s interior design career began at Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), where she has been working as an interior designer for the past two years. Having completed her Master’s degree in Interior Design from the Nuova Accademia di Belli Arti in Milan, Bir … More

#RisingStars: Meet Adriana Graur from Perkins+Will

Without creativity, we would have nothing today, firmly believes Adriana Graur, a talented young designer, currently working her way up at Perkins+Will Dubai office. Graur was highly commended by the judging panel at the 2017 CID Awards for her positive approach. “Creative people … More

#RisingStars: Meet Gillian Blair from Godwin Austen Johnson

“The best advice I have been given in my career is to be inspired by a concept, and use the interior to tell the story; to look for inspiration not in existing interiors, but in moments and experiences,” says Gillian Blair, a Scottish-born … More

GAJ’s Christine Espinosa discusses her endless drive to be a top architect

Before moving to Dubai 10 years ago, Christine Espinosa gained valuable work experience early on in her home country. In the Philippines, after graduating from the PLM College of Architecture and Urban Planning, she chose to work with small, boutique firms on projects … More

Meet MEA’s young architect of the month Aman Yusuf

According to Karachi-born, Dubai-based architect Aman Yusuf, the UAE is the land of opportunity – especially if you’re in the design and build industries. The young AUS-graduate said that particularly in comparison to North America and the UK, the speed and density of … More

Design should respond to culture, nature and context says RSP’s Farah Al-Khoury

“I haven’t completely understood what my design style is,” said Farah Al-Khoury, junior architect at RSP in Dubai. “But I think design requires research and being critical and responsive. It requires figuring out what the most appropriate solution is – whether that’s a … More

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