Interview with Helen El Mettouri: Keeping it candid

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic speaks to Helen El Mettouri, regional director at Keane, about the importance of being recognised not only for award-winning designs but projects that work operationally and commercially.  Interior design carries the responsibility of creating environments that can welcome, inspire and captivate … More

Meet U+A’s Iranian architect Narges Rowshanzamir

Emerging architect Narges Rowshanzamir, a graduate of the American University of Sharjah, joined U+A Architects in September 2016, and has, in the year since, worked on countless projects across various sectors, found a mentor and contributed to a masterplan project for Umm al-Quwain. … More

Moroccan architect Driss Kettani builds for the Arab-Mediterranean landscape

“I always try to find the poetic dimension of architecture,” said Moroccan architect Driss Kettani, who established his Casablanca-based architecture studio in 2005. “It’s important to me, because architecture doesn’t have to be cold or systematic, or like a machine. You have to … More

Dubai offers architects unparalleled creative freedom, says Egyptian architect Muhammad Habsah

With only a few years into his career, architect Muhammad Habsah, from Dar Al-Handasah, a planning and design consultancy belonging to the multinational Dar Group, has already worked on a range of award-winning projects. His design ‘Uptown Makkah’ took home the Future Residential … More

Going Rogue: Interview with Paul Bishop

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic speaks to Paul Bishop about his evolution as a designer and why he decided to rebrand his studio. A new vision, a new chapter and a new – somewhat controversial – name. After 12 years of running his own business, Dubai-based … More

Bruno Stringheta discusses experiencing Dubai’s architectural fabric

According to Bruno Stringheta, a project architect at the regional design firm JT+Partners, architecture in Dubai still has room to develop, and should focus on the human experience in the coming years. “The buildings here are nice pieces of sculpture, but there doesn’t … More

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

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