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

Interview: Designing on the EDGE

Farah Mudhefer, 26, Irene Caravaca, 27 and Nenad Filipovic, 28, all work at EDGE whose current projects include two major high end waterfront projects along with car showrooms for top brands such as Aston Martin Amidst the high-pressure design environment of the Middle … More

Taking a design journey with D3 architect Ali Abdullah Tehami

Now aged 25, Ali Abdullah Tehami has worked on 30 projects in just three years at Woods Bagot. Currently he is engaged in the City Walk development and his facades formed an important part of the overall aspect of the Dubai Design District … More

Architecture, art and movies – Ray Phillips of SSH on design philosophy

The art of Rembrandt and Van Meer and the movies of Ridley Scott are both influences of the creations of SSH architect Ray Phillips who feels it is important that visitors are led on a journey through any building he designs. He outlined … More

Joanna Slowik, BSBG

A love of the disciplines of art and design combined with an aptitude for mathematics led 24-year-old Joanna Slowik into a career in architecture. Born in Holland, she is now working in Dubai as part of the team at Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf, … More

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