Dewan’s up-and-coming project architect says architecture is the centre of all arts

“I didn’t know that I was going to become an architect,” said Sima Hammami, project architect at regional firm Dewan Architects + Engineers. “But growing up in Aleppo, you get inspired by the richness of the city. You see the mix of architecture … More

GAJ’s Christine Espinosa discusses her endless drive to be a top architect

Before moving to Dubai 10 years ago, Christine Espinosa gained valuable work experience early on in her home country. In the Philippines, after graduating from the PLM College of Architecture and Urban Planning, she chose to work with small, boutique firms on projects … More

Meet MEA’s young architect of the month Aman Yusuf

According to Karachi-born, Dubai-based architect Aman Yusuf, the UAE is the land of opportunity – especially if you’re in the design and build industries. The young AUS-graduate said that particularly in comparison to North America and the UK, the speed and density of … More

Design should respond to culture, nature and context says RSP’s Farah Al-Khoury

“I haven’t completely understood what my design style is,” said Farah Al-Khoury, junior architect at RSP in Dubai. “But I think design requires research and being critical and responsive. It requires figuring out what the most appropriate solution is – whether that’s a … More

Meet the directors at regional architecture office Dewan

A force in the Middle East’s urban development, Dewan Architects + Engineers was established in Abu Dhabi in 1984 by founder and current chairman Mohamed Al Assam. More than 30 years later, Dewan now has offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Basra, Baghdad, … More

Q&A with La Casa’s principal designer Ihab Nayal

“Born in England, raised in Syria and educated in the U.S.” is Ihab Nayal’s short story. The long story involves a career of movement and drive. Though he worked for various companies in the UAE, racking up a strong architecture portfolio, it wasn’t … More

Meet U+A’s Iranian architect Narges Rowshanzamir

Emerging architect Narges Rowshanzamir, a graduate of the American University of Sharjah, joined U+A Architects in September 2016, and has, in the year since, worked on countless projects across various sectors, found a mentor and contributed to a masterplan project for Umm al-Quwain. … More

Moroccan architect Driss Kettani builds for the Arab-Mediterranean landscape

“I always try to find the poetic dimension of architecture,” said Moroccan architect Driss Kettani, who established his Casablanca-based architecture studio in 2005. “It’s important to me, because architecture doesn’t have to be cold or systematic, or like a machine. You have to … More

Dubai offers architects unparalleled creative freedom, says Egyptian architect Muhammad Habsah

With only a few years into his career, architect Muhammad Habsah, from Dar Al-Handasah, a planning and design consultancy belonging to the multinational Dar Group, has already worked on a range of award-winning projects. His design ‘Uptown Makkah’ took home the Future Residential … More

Bruno Stringheta discusses experiencing Dubai’s architectural fabric

According to Bruno Stringheta, a project architect at the regional design firm JT+Partners, architecture in Dubai still has room to develop, and should focus on the human experience in the coming years. “The buildings here are nice pieces of sculpture, but there doesn’t … More

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