Architects

Khaled El Mays: Lebanon’s visualiser

Lebanese born and raised Khaled El Mays started his career by studying architecture at one of the Middle East’s top universities, the American University of Beirut. He then went on to study fine arts at Pratt Institute in New York, and while his … More

Venky Kamat and the language of design

The language of architecture and the ability of a design to inspire and break barriers is under threat according to Venky Kamat who is now part of the team at Khatib & Alami, a company with offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. … More

Noha Jaheen uses nature to inspire design

Architect Noha Jaheen is a designer with an eye towards sustainability as well as learning from – and preserving – the best of the past. Among her influences are the growth of organic and inorganic natural materials and how the lessons of nature … More

Husasmddine carries on family tradition in architecture

Rama Husamddine of Perkins + Will is carrying on the family tradition by electing to pursue a career as an architect. A member of the company’s Dubai-based urban design team, she is following in the footsteps of her grandfather and mother. “They were … More

British architecture’s voice in the Gulf

Nick Ames meets Sumaya Dabbagh, architect and RIBA committee member who emphasises the positive aspect a high standard of design can have on everyday life An understanding of culture and the nuances of daily life in the Middle East is fundamental to the … More

Heritage master

Design excellence doesn’t have to be all about the biggest and brashest constructions of glass and steel, according to Benoy’s Alex Cunningham. Instead striking structures can reflect a nation’s culture said the 29-year-old who has been working in Dubai for the past eight months. “You can … More

Architecture should benefit society says Levi Dacosta

Architect Levi Dacosta believes images, renderings and technology all have a part to play in his chosen profession – but it is the finished product which is the only thing that counts. He said: “For me, architecture is about defining the will of … More

Sustainability makes economic sense

Nick Ames meets Tristan Francis whose background in finance is vital in the role of convincing clients that sustainability makes economic sense when designing a project. Sustainability, along with increasing the awareness of clients of their responsibility to the environment when it comes … More

Designing for a multicultural society

The opportunity to work in what she considers one of the most vibrant regions in the world with its cross-cultural mix of population was a major factor in encouraging Spanish-born Blanca Pedrosa to take on a design role in Dubai with global firm … More

Academic inspiration

Nick Ames meets Islam El Mashtooly who keeps his skills and ideas fresh by teaching architecture as well as designing buildings. Combining a passion for teaching design skills with practical architecture is what fires 31-year-old Islam El Mashtooly – currently working on Saudi … More

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