The prize for Principal of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards was handed to Holley Chant, KEO’s corporate sustainability director strategy, planning & urban development.
Judges remarked that Chant has worked hard to make sustainability a focal point in the industry.
One judge added: “[Chant] has a long and proven track record and has been a driving force behind the success of KEO in the Middle East.
“She is actively involved in educating design professionals and her involvement with regional municipalities makes her a sustainability champion.”
Receiving the award, Chant commented: “This is totally unexpected, I am just completely stunned and overwhelmed. I am extremely proud of my colleagues and team and even though this is a one-person award, we are all winners.
She added: “The important thing in sustainability is leading a team shoulder to shoulder. We appreciate young talent and especially innovation and the belief that the newest person that you have could be just as good or even better than the seniors.”
The judges highly commended Joaquin Perez from AGi Architects, and remarked that Perez’ leadership has seen his firm make significant strides.
Perez was also described as a promising designer in the GCC, bringing fresh, original design to the lifestyle sector.