This year the Middle East Architect power list is in two parts – the top 10 international figures who have a huge influence on the region and the 40 who have a continued presence in the GCC and show a commitment to this part of the world.
As well – although the listing cannot help but be in some parts subjective – factors such as numbers of projects, office locations and locally-based staff have also been taken into account.
Those directly responsible for design and concept form the list – not company executives
This is because it is inspiration, innovation, social awareness, ability to understand and develop sustainability and the desire to do what no-one else has ever achieved which is at the heart of the very best design professionals.
Architects have never had such a high profile as they currently enjoy with their statements on buildings and society as a whole eagerly seized upon by th e world-wide media as well as specilist outlets serving the design and build business.
Here are the “starchitects” whose work and thoughts make global news – and have a particular relevance to the Middle East.