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

ABC: Josh McLean

Josh McLean talks about what he admires across the profession in people, design and environment. ARCHITECT Snohetta, Norway Not only do they create beautiful buildings but they also exhibit a beautiful craft and respect for material at multiple scales. They’re a great example … More

Inspiration Education Creation

Raj Patel explains the value of absorbing experiences and how mentoring can help young architects – a discipline he feels is disappearing Mentoring, inspiring and unleashing the creativity of young architects are all close to the heart of KEO International Consultants design director … More

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

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