Mahmoud Shahin on designing for human experience

Mahmoud Shahin was born in Cairo, Egypt, and developed his interest in design at a very young age, while playing with blocks and trying to reconstruct the neighbourhood where he lived and was growing up. The P&T architect said: “Naturally, my interest grew … More

Tabanlioglu Architects: Building local and building smart

Designing buildings which reflect the culture of the nation and community in which they are sited is the major urbanist philosophy of Turkish-based Tabanlioglu Architects. Run by husband-and-wife team Murat and Melkan Tabalioglu the studio says it focuses on the matters of building … More

Interview: EDGE

Just launched in Dubai is EDGE – an architect firm which is promising to give new talent a chance to blossom and push back design boundaries. Martin Baerschmidt and Ivar Krasinski are the founders of the newly rebranded design group and both are … More

Interview: Farida Farag, Atkins

Tackling social and cultural issues through design is at the heart of the work of Farida Farag of Atkins. Born and raised in Abu Dhabi, educated in the USA, but an Egyptian national she has been working at the company for just under … More

Interview: Sara Khamis, Lacasa

Nick Ames meets Sara Khamis of Lacasa who never had any doubt that her future lay in building design. From an extremely young age Sara Khamis had one major passion when it came to a career – getting the chance to design inspiring … More

Interview: Sasan Niknam

Nick Ames meets Sasan Niknam of U+A Architects who feels design is a vital factor in creating an urban identity. The combination of architecture, landscaping, infrastructure and socio-economic and environmental factors are what drew Sasan Niknam to feel a real passion for urban … More

Zyed Ben Cheikh: An introduction

Dubai acts as a giant laboratory for architectural experimentation, according to Zyed Ben Cheikh. The senior design architect with Lacasa, born in Tunisia, says he is working in a place where ideas can be explored and new concepts realised – and where philosophical … More

Naji Attalah of Autodesk comments on future of 3D design technology and what it means for projects

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is playing an increasing role across the entire spectrum of the design and build industry in the Middle East. And it is becoming more and more the norm for the 3D technology, which provides a constantly updated virtual … More

Interview: Nas Alkhaldi

A passion for design and a desire to create a beautiful urban landscape have helped shape the personality of 28-year-old architect Nas Alkhaldi, who is part of the Dubai-based team working for OMA, the studio founded by Rem Koolhaas. “When you are young … More

Interview: Atef Khedhir, LACASA

The spaces between buildings which allow for human interaction are as much a part of architecture as the structures themselves, says Lacasa’s Atef Khedhir. The 38-year-old Tunisian-born urban designer feels that this concept is one that architects need to explore more fully – … More

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