KEO International Consultants is the largest architecture firm in the GCC region, according to a recent survey by Middle East Architect.
MEA surveyed around 40 companies with offices in the GCC. Companies were ranked according to the total number of staff and architects in the region.
It was discovered that KEO, which also specialises in planning, engineering and project and construction management, has over 2,200 GCC staff including 240 architects.
One of KEO’s key projects is the QP District (pictured), a mega mixed-use complex of nine spiraling towers in Doha.
Elsewhere, the firm is busy in Kuwait with The Promenade, a US$90 million complex and the Kuwait Investment Authority’s new headquarters in a 200m-tall tower.
In Qatar, the firm is working on the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) and Baraya Center, an executive A/E project.
In Abu Dhabi, KEO is providing Executive A/E and Supervision services for Nation Towers on the Corniche, and is also behind several school projects for ADEC.
KEO provided full design and supervision services for 23 Marina in Dubai, now recognised as the tallest residential tower in the world at 395m. Building occupancy is underway, as is final snags, and handover will be early 2012.
KEO was formed in 1964 and its GCC offices are in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman.
The full list of top GCC architecture firms will appear in the December issue of Middle East Architect.