Designing for a multicultural society

Bianca Pedrosa

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 RMJM.

The 32-year-old is currently working on a range of projects including masterplans for Abu Dhabi, and  residential towers  in Dubai.

Pedrosa said: “Architecture combines all I love – design, creation, science, interaction with other disciplines and continuous learning on all things related to a project.”

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And she feels this approach is particularly applicable to the UAE. “Dubai has quickly become the most important hub in the Middle East. As architects we have the opportunity to shape the future of societies – responding with our designs to clients that are looking for fresh ideas for cities.

“To be part of that in this particular time and place as an architect is a thrilling experience.” Pedrosa’s aim is to shape communities by improving the quality of life of their inhabitants by producing buildings which will become beacons of good design.

She said: “Multiculturalism is a key aspect of our  design – as the Middle East is a crossroads between Asia, Africa, Arabia and the west. Our projects have to address these sometimes conflicting influences. Our office is a multicultural space that holds many nationalities and backgrounds which makes it easier for us to operate, both globally and locally.

“We must not only respond to the cultural components of the place but also adapt to the physical reality of the environment and take advantage of what technology can offer us.”

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