The believer

Nick Ames meets Josh McLean who says design can change people lives – and is excited by the possibilities which exists across the UAE. Josh McLean has just started working in Dubai for Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf after stints in Australia, the UK … More

Architect on a mission

Fariborz Hatam is a man with a real passion for excellence in architectural design. And when he looks around his adopted home city of Dubai he is not always sure he likes what it is that meets his eyes. “Dubai is a chaos … More

Building a Career

Bethel Teferra has been in the UAE for just five months – but already she is working as an engineer on two of the biggest projects in the region. The 24-year-old, who was bought up in Montreal, Canada, is one of the latest … More

Frank Thoughts

A couple of weeks ago, world-renowned architect, Frank Gehry, was quoted in an international publication saying that architecture in Dubai was ‘cheap, anonymous, and on steroids’. His comments set off a range of reactions within the architecture community, some in support of Gehry’s … More

Quality Design

Quality design leads to improved outcomes: this is a factual assertion, and not merely rhetorical bluff. ‘Evidence-based design’ is now an essential component of healthcare planning and delivery. There are many factors which contribute to ‘excellent design’ including medical planning, expertise of the … More

Frank Gehry likens Dubai architecture to being ‘on steroids’

In a recent interview with Foreign Policy magazine, world famous architect, Frank Gehry, shared his sentiments about architecture in the region, which according to him lacks cultural depth. He was quoted saying that as an architect, “the worst thing is when you go … More

Influences and Aspirations

MEA talks to Gensler’s principal and managing director, Tareq Abu-Sukheila, about what influences him and his vision for Gensler in the Middle East While most architectural firms prefer to be based in Dubai, at the heart of the United Arab Emirate’s skyscraper capital, … More

Qatar 2022 architect to head Woods Bagot Sport

Dan Meis, a former senior principal with Populous and designer behind one of the stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, will lead a new global sports division of Woods Bagot. As global director of Woods Bagot Sport, Meis will expand his Los … More

Back for good

Aukett Fitzroy Robinson has returned to the UAE with a quest to breathe new life into tired buildings. Oliver Ephgrave meets CEO Nicholas Thompson and Middle East director Stephen Embley. UK-headquartered firm Aukett Fitzroy Robinson (AFR) may not be a household name but … More

Ex-Aecom chief joins HDR Middle East

Former Aecom healthcare principal Randy Edwards  has joined HDR Architecture as vice president and healthcare principal for the Middle East. Working out of HDR’s Dubai office, Edwards joins with more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare and higher education industries. Prior to … More

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