JT+Partners’ Michelle Najm reflects on her experience in Dubai and how we can all learn from Frank Lloyd Wright

“When I was a kid, I would always draw dresses,” said Lebanese architect Michelle Najm from JT+Partners. “But then I would always find myself excited by new buildings and places, especially in Beirut, where the urban environment is very dense and you can … More

Meet La Casa’s Atef Khedhir, head architect on the Mall of Palestine

A Tunisian architect who’s worked in North Africa and now Dubai, Atef Khedhir joined regional architecture firm La Casa back in 2011, following a one year stint with Australian company Schreiber Hamilton. His move proved to be successful, as he’s now handling one … More

10 quick questions with Chris Barnes, founder of Broadway Interiors

Commercial Interior Design magazine’s cover story this month is an interview with Dubai-based Broadway Interiors founder, Chris Barnes. Look out for the full interview on designMENA and the latest issue of CID this month.  Here we ask Barnes 10 quick questions, from design … More

Emerging Iraqi architect Nizar Razak speaks on his award-winning urban development scheme for Baghdad district

Born and raised in Sadr City, a district of Baghdad first developed in 1959 by Prime Minister Abd Al-Karim Qasim, award-winning Iraqi architect Nizar Razak from Manhal Habbobi Consultants, has long been on track to resew the built fabric of his hometown. His … More

Interview: Brian Johnson on building an architecture career in Dubai since the 1970s

For designers and architects, Dubai in the 1970s was like a blank canvas: it was a vast and open desertscape ideal for a fresh start. And that’s exactly when Brian Johnson first ventured into the sunny and sandy lands of the United Arab … More

Dewan’s up-and-coming project architect says architecture is the centre of all arts

“I didn’t know that I was going to become an architect,” said Sima Hammami, project architect at regional firm Dewan Architects + Engineers. “But growing up in Aleppo, you get inspired by the richness of the city. You see the mix of architecture … More

#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

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