Inspired by culture: Lubna El Orfaly of Lacasa

A trip to Madrid, Spain, in 2007 led to a career choice for 24-year-old Lubna El Orfaly, who is an architect at Lacasa. “The buildings just struck me,” she says. “I noticed the level of detail and that was what attracted me to … More

Designing for people – Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will

The increased emphasis on design promoting interconnectivity and creating public spaces in Dubai shows the way forward for architecture, says Lucas Martinez of Perkins + Will. The 28-year-old from the town of Logrono, in northern Spain, says his favourite local development is City … More

Interview: Viktor Udzenija on creating a strong design community

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic and Nick Ames talk to, architect and designer about the importance of creating a strong design community in the region After graduating top of his class at the prestigious Technical University of Munich in Germany, Croatian-born architect and designer Viktor Udzenija … More

Yahya Kaddoura of Atkins discusses multicultural architecture

The interaction between different nationalities and cultures and how it is reflected in the design of Dubai is one of the passions which fuels the work of Yahya Kaddoura. Born in the city, but of Palestinian nationality, the young architect with Atkins has … More

Interview: Tarik Zaharna, T.ZED Architects

Marina Mrdjen-Petrovic talks to Tarik Zaharna, Founder of T.ZED Architects, about his passion for developing new and dynamic Middle Eastern contemporary architecture. Developing what could become a new and dynamic architectural movement in the Middle East, Tarik Zaharna, founder and director of Dubai-based … More

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

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