Architects

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

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

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