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MEA Talks: David Lessard says demand from market led to launch of H+A

Having only launched less than a year ago, Dubai-based architecture practice H+A, founded by David Lessard and Stas Louca, is a boutique design practice that focuses on healthcare, hospitality and residential projects that has already scooped up a number of significant commissions. According … More

Recently joining CallisonRTKL’s Dubai office, Reem Ekay discusses the new aesthetic developers in the UAE are seeking

“I knew I liked drawing and creating things,” said Reem Ekay, a LEED accredited architect who recently joined CallisonRTKL’s Dubai office – the firm’s first in the Middle East. “But studying architecture taught me how to create spaces and experiences, and that’s what … More

‘The design of a school is considered a marketing tool to attract parents,’ says U+A’s Tiago Sampaio

The associate director of international architecture firm U+A, Tiago Sampaio, discussed creating spaces for education in the GCC. From the positive impact good designs can have on the academic progression of students to the increased financial return for operators, MEA sits with Sampaio … 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

Iraqi BIM specialist Hadeel Safaa Saadoon discusses the future of design technology

“BIM is a critical stepping stone that moves architecture, engineering and construction towards exciting technological developments,” said award-winning Iraqi BIM specialist Hadeel Safaa Saadoon. “These developments include generative design based on computational or parametric design… Other advances in BIM, like augmented reality and … More

INTERVIEW: Tim Martin shares why airport interior design should be intuitive and adaptable

Tim Martin is the director of aviation and transport at Perkins+Will architecture firm. What are the key tenets of airport interior design? Airports are multi-faceted places, where passengers want to have a hassle-free experience and get through as efficiently and quickly as they … More

Cracknell’s Chia Wen discusses the qualities in Japanese landscape design that inspire her

Malaysian landscape architect, Chia Wen, has promised to bring something a little different to the market in the GCC. Having worked in her home country with a Japanese firm following graduation, as well as in Vietnam, before relocating to Dubai in April 2017 … More

Cosentino has built ‘solid relationships’ with architects across the region says Miriam LLano

Having opened the doors to the Cosentino City Dubai showroom in Dubai Design District in November 2017, Cosentino continues to offer architects and designers from across the region an interactive experience that highlights the qualities of its surface materials. Middle East Architect speaks … More

Q & A: Jake Dyson highlights the importance of engineering-driven design

At the launch of the prestigious James Dyson Award in Dubai, Jake Dyson tells Commercial Interior Design that innovation will underscore development around the world. Jake Dyson has not only inherited a famous last name but also an equally brilliant mind. His father, … More

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

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