Winner of the Principal of the Year category was Paul Priest, Head of MENA for architects Benoy.
The judges praised him for both his architectural vision and business ability before selecting him to receive the award from chairman of event platinum sponsors Alubond, Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk.
His projects include The Beach in Dubai – which has been roundly applauded for setting new standards for outdoor design in Dubai – and he has tripled his company’s business since taking the top role.
Priest said: “I’m overwhelmed to be honest. It’s really fantastic and a bit of a shock. I think it’s more about the practice and what we’ve achieved and been able to do on The Beach as well as other big projects. It’s fantastic though to have won.”
“We had a period of quiet through the recession and now we’re in the position that we’re winning work and doing the type of work that we want to do. So we’re able to choose projects that we feel are important and I have a team behind me that is very, talented and creative. So it’s an exciting time.”