GAJ partner Jason Burnside was handed the prize for Architect of the Year, at the Middle East Architect Awards 2012.
Over the course of the year, Burnside has amassed an impressive array of education projects, and he was recently made a partner at Dubai-based firm GAJ.
The panel described him as an architect with a strong body of work that displays a sensitive and elegant approach to architectural design which is refreshing to see.
Burnside commented: “Without a doubt this is one of the highlights of my career. I’m really honoured to get this award and I’m chuffed to bits. It’s great to be recognised.”
This particular award was an extremely tough decision for the judges, and the result was the closest out of all the categories.
Burnside added: “It was really tough, given the competition and the guys I was up against. Some of them have built landmark structures. I was surprised to win as my work is more low scale, but I guess that is the nature of our practice.”
The jury highly commended both Joe Tabet from Atkins and Yahya Jan from Norr Group Consultants.
Tabet was described as an architect involved in a very diverse number of projects over the years. The panel added: “His designs are always original in shape and form, never a copy of a previous job but always exploring new shapes, forms and textures.”
Meanwhile Yahya Jan was recognised as a designer with a mature and consistent portfolio over many years in the business.