Your guide to The Big 5 2015


To manage your time and make your visit worthwhile, we’ve outlined a list of free to attend and CPD accredited workshops and panel discussions, tailored to designers and architects, you may find interesting and enlightening


Held on Tuesday, 24 November, The Big 5 will bring together architects, consultants, urban planners, engineers and contractors and will offer detailed insight into the latest design trends, new technologies and techniques such as sustainability and cost-efficiency, while providing on-the-ground analysis of local and regional Middle East markets.


24 November 2015 12:50

GCC Market Overview 2015: Updates and opportunities for the design and construction sector Recent reports indicate that construction projects worth US$103bn are likely to be awarded this year in the GCC, an increase of 21.2% from 2014. This session will provide data and analysis from mega-projects across the region, providing the latest country and sector insights for development and identifying forthcoming opportunities for the wider design and construction industry.

24 November 2015 12:00

Masters of Architecture Panel: Shaping Arabian cityscapes and the buildings of tomorrow

Innovation and forward-looking design is balanced with an ever-increasing emphasis on sustainability, energy efficiency and better urban place making. This opening keynote panel will bring together noted visionaries and design personalities who are shaping GCC cityscapes, to share experiences and best practice in innovation and efficiency in achieving the sustainable urban design.

*Moderated by John Alexander Smith, professor of architecture at the American University in Dubai

Benjamin Piper, director of architecture, Perkins + Will Janus Rostock, regional design director at Atkins Raj Patel, managing director at KEO International Consultant Rashad Bukhash, director of Architectural Heritage Department, Dubai Municipality Sherif Anis, vice president of American Institute of Architects


24 November 2015 14:15

The Design Summit Global Showcase: Post-Expo legacy planning in Milan

Italy has invested a reported $1.54bn into Milan Expo 2015 and will welcome over 20 million visitors during the course of the event. Lorenzo Pallotta, a senior architectural and urban planner, is responsible for the legacy of the Milan Expo 2015 and will be speaking at this year’s The Big 5 event. Pallota says: “I will be happy if I can leave an idea of the Milan experience to the audience in Dubai. I would also like to show a part of Italy which is not usually recognised. I want to point out the good and the bad points of the Milan experience. I would like to give the audience a clear idea of the whole event – from its commencement to its legacy. “Then I want to emphasise the importance of the Expo to its host city and the way its legacy can benefit a region. The Expo does not exist as an island and its ending is not a final destination. It is part of a future vision.” This session will provide insights into how the Milan 2015 urban design team has incorporated Post-Expo legacy planning into the design. It will examine the planned renovation of the Expo site into a fully functioning mixed-use urban hub with connections to the city centre and major airports following the event, sharing lessons learnt for best practice in legacy planning and design.

24 November 2015 14:45

Designing the next generation of sustainable cities

This panel discussion will address key design features of future sustainable cities and master planning for resilience, livability and inclusivity. Learn more about creating active and healthy cities through sustainable urban mobility and the understanding the importance of holistic design.

*Baharash Bagherian, founder and design director of Baharash Architecture


Design and Architecture Theatre Agenda

25 November 2015 14:00

Incorporating local and cultural influences into contemporary design

Overview of local architecture and traditional interior design, including assessing traditional materials and aesthetics specific to Gulf region, evaluating natural landscapes that can be used as inspiration for designers and looking at how regional inspiration can be used or translated into the contemporary design such as materials, colour palette and form. Find out more about the existing interior spaces that have stemmed from local culture how this is translated into the modern design concept. *Rashida Rajkotwalla, design principal at Design Work Portfolio


23 November 2015 16:00

New architectural opportunities for small to medium scale (re)developments

Advantages of redeveloping an existing site as opposed to a green field development, enhancing the existing plot’s qualities and potentials and authority regulations are just some of the topics that will be covered during this workshop. A case study of the currently completed residential villa compound for the Kanoo Group in Jumeirah Third will also be presented. *Florian Oettl, principal of AD&D


26 November 2015 15:00

Understanding the effects of design on behaviour and productivity in the workplace

Overview of Middle East Council for Offices’ research about commercial office occupation in the region. Introducing regional benchmarking for best practice in office design. Understanding the current state of office design and the impact on output, productivity and employee satisfaction. *Cara Tissandier, sustainability associate at Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers Chris Seymour, co-chair at Middle East Council for Offices Lachlan Buchanan, co-chair at Middle East Council for Offices Nick Nunnington, professor at Nottingham Trent University


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