The winning projects, professionals and companies for the fifth annual Middle East Architect Awards 2012 were revealed last night at a gala ceremony in The Westin, Dubai.
US-based giant Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) enjoyed a hugely successful night, picking up three awards in total.
As well as winning Large Architecture Firm of the Year, the company also received honours for Engineer of the Year (William F Baker) and Public Sector, Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year (Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi).
Dubai-based firm GAJ also received multiple honours, with awards for Architect of the Year (Jason Burnside) and Hospitality & Leisure Project of the Year (The Chedi, Korfakkan, Sharjah).
Sheppard Robson won a brace of prizes for the Siemens Middle East Headquarters at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, for the categories of Sustainable Project of the Year and Commercial Project of the Year.
Another two awards were scooped by Kuwait and Spain based AGi Architects, for Boutique Firm of the Year and Residential Project of the Year (S Cube Chalet, Kuwait).
A total of 13 awards were handed out during the course of the evening.
Other winners included Abdulla Al Shamsi from Shape Architecture (Young Architect of the Year); Holley Chant from KEO (Principal of the Year); Buro Happold (Engineering Firm of the Year) and Jean Nouvel’s Burj Qatar (Overall Project of the Year).
Winners of the 2012 Middle East Architect Awards:
Residential Project of the Year AGi Architects – S Cube, Kuwait City
Hospitality & Leisure Project of the Year GAJ – The Chedi Korfakkan, Sharjah
Public Sector, Institutional and Cultural Project of the Year SOM – Sheikh Khalifa Medical City
Commercial Project of the Year Siemens Middle East HQ, Masdar City – Sheppard Robson
Overall Project of the Year (built project) Burj Qatar – Jean Nouvel
Sustainable Project of the Year Siemens Middle East HQ, Masdar City – Sheppard Robson Boutique Firm of the Year AGi Architects
Large Firm of the Year SOM
Engineering Firm of the Year Buro Happold
Architect of the Year Jason Burnside, GAJ
Young Architect of the Year Abdulla Al Shamsi, Shape Architecture
Engineer of the Year William F Baker – SOM
Principal of the Year Holley Chant – KEO