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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

Interior Designer of the Year: Interview with Diane Thorsen, Perkins + Will

As design director of Perkins + Will, one of the region’s most successful design firms, Diane Thorsen has a lot on her plate and she seems to be managing it all quite effortlessly. Since realising the power of art as a child, it … More

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