The winning projects, professionals and projects were announced last night (25 November 2015) for the eighth annual Middle East Architect Awards held at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai.
The awards programme consisted of 15 categories in total, covering the entire spectrum of architecture, from residential to cultural and public.
This year saw a diverse range of winners with only one architecture firm picking up more than one trophy. Kuwaiti and Spanish firm AGi were awarded three prizes last night including the residential category for its House on the Rocks project as well as the winner of the Boutique Firm of the Year which they also picked up last year.
Also, for the first time in the history of the awards, there was a joint Architect of the Year winner, with both Nasser Bader Abulhasan and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea earning this year’s title.
Principal of the Year was awarded to Yahya Jan of Norr Group Consultants while Islam Mashtooly of Godwin Austen Johnson picked up the Young Architect of the Year prize.
This year’s Large Architecture Firm of the Year went to Perkins + Will.
All winners are determined by a panel of judges with this years list including: Andre Meyerhans, head of Andre C. Meyerhans Architects; Pallavi Dean, design director at Pallavi Dean Interiors; Bart Leclercq, senior engineer at WSP- Parsons Brinkerhoff; Cristiano Luchetti, professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah; Salim Hussain, principal architect at Atkins and Paul Priest, head of MENA studio for Benoy.
Middle East Architect Awards winners 2015:
Residential project of the year: Scenic House – AGi architects
Commercial Project of the Year: Golfam Office Buildling – Fluid Motion Architects
Leisure & Hospitality Project of the Year: Viceroy Dubai Jumeirah Village – Atkins
Public Sector Project of the Year: City & Music Hall – Hajizadeh & Associates
Education Project of the Year: The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies – Education Campus – B+H Architects
Community & Cultural Project of the Year: Sabla – The Palm-leaf Shelters -3 ideas Ltd, TCA, Buro Happold, Mehler Texnologies & Ocma Emirates
Sustainable Project of the Year: ENEC Emergency Response Centre – tangramGulf
Concept Design of the Year: Al Ahmadi Cultural Center – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Boutique Middle East Architecture Firm of the Year: AGi architects
Large Middle East Architecture Firm of the Year: Perkins+Will
Engineering Company of the Year: BuroHappold Engineering
Architect of the Year: Nasser Bader Abulhasan and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea – AGi architects
Young Architect of the Year: Islam Mashtooly – Godwin Austen Johnson
Engineer of the Year: Tom Sweeney – WSP | Parsons Brinkoff
Principal of the Year: Yahya Jan – NORR GROUP CONSULTANTS