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Inspired by culture: Lubna El Orfaly of Lacasa

A trip to Madrid, Spain, in 2007 led to a career choice for 24-year-old Lubna El Orfaly, who is an architect at Lacasa. “The buildings just struck me,” she says. “I noticed the level of detail and that was what attracted me to … More

Designing for people – Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will

The increased emphasis on design promoting interconnectivity and creating public spaces in Dubai shows the way forward for architecture, says Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will. The 28-year-old from the town of Logrono, in northern Spain, says his favourite local development is City … More

Interview: Studio EM on running the business as a family

British interior architect Emma Stinson is the creative force behind Dubai-based Studio EM, which she co-founded back in 2011 with her husband Kristian who manages the business operations. In the past five years, the studio has gone from their spare room to now … More

The rise and rise of Agata Kurzela

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to CID’s Interior Designer of the Year, Agata Kurzela about her successes to date and her ambitions for the future. With more than a decade of work in master planning, architecture and interior design, Polish-born Agata Kurzela has been delivering … More

Interview with Isabel Pintado: Balancing work, design and family life

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to Isabel Pintado, managing director of Wilson Associates Middle East about the importance of managing talent and work life balance. With 20 years in the design industry and more than a decade of working in the Middle East for award-winning … More

Interview: Viktor Udzenija on creating a strong design community

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic and Nick Ames talk to, architect and designer about the importance of creating a strong design community in the region After graduating top of his class at the prestigious Technical University of Munich in Germany, Croatian-born architect and designer Viktor Udzenija … More

Lighting can transform a building says Regina Santos, GAJ

Lighting design forms the “fourth dimension of architecture” according to Regina Santos, newly recruited to the team at Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) in Dubai. Initially an architecture student Santos is now a specialist in lighting and has a full involvement in each project … More

Yahya Kaddoura of Atkins discusses multicultural architecture

The interaction between different nationalities and cultures and how it is reflected in the design of Dubai is one of the passions which fuels the work of Yahya Kaddoura. Born in the city, but of Palestinian nationality, the young architect with Atkins has … More

Interview: Tarik Zaharna, T.ZED Architects

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to Tarik Zaharna, Founder of T.ZED Architects, about his passion for developing new and dynamic Middle Eastern contemporary architecture. Developing what could become a new and dynamic architectural movement in the Middle East, Tarik Zaharna, founder and director of Dubai-based … More

Interview: Kevin McLachlan, GAJ

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to Kevin McLachlan, head of interior design at GAJ, about managing creativity, global projects and building a team. Kevin McLachlan has a worldwide reputation for restaurant, hotel and leisure interiors, but his first passion was in another area of design … More

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