Last year’s Middle East Architect of the Year, Salim Hussain has now joined Atkins.
He is one of three new appointments to the firm along with Grant Gowen and Mark Earley who have both been attracted from Arcadis.
Hussain has been appointed as principal architect and was previously head of design at Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf (BSBG). He has earned a reputation for his architectural designs across a range of sectors including masterplanning, residential, arts, commercial, hospitality and education.
He is a visiting critic at the American University of Sharjah and has lectured at Architecture Schools in the UK.
Hussain said: : “I’m impressed and really motivated by Atkins’ design philosophy and their open, honest agenda to make fantastic places which leave a positive legacy for the region. Dubai Opera is a prime example of a project which is set to have a huge impact on the region and its cultural offering.
“The opportunity to deliver work of this scale and ambition was a big factor in bringing me back.”
Tom Hasker, managing director, property for Atkins in the Middle East, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Grant, Mark and Salim, and it’s a strong signal that we only ever add to our established team when we can entice the best talent in the market.
“Each of them is hugely capable in their respective fields, and they have vast experience within the region to prove it.
“What’s more, they understand the Atkins way and they’re passionate about helping us to build even stronger partnerships with our clients, and to keep pushing the boundaries to deliver some of the most exciting projects in the region.”