Perkins+Will’s Dubai office appoints new healthcare director

Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio has appointed Elmutaz Elrabaa as healthcare director for its Middle East Operations.

Elrabaa is a registered architect, as well as being a LEED and EDAC-accredited professional with over 18 years of extensive global experience, with a primary focus on institutional and healthcare architecture.

He has led mutli-disciplinary firms across Canada, the Middle East, and Asia to deliver large-scale projects, with some of his recent projects including the Niagara Health System Hospital in St. Cathrines, Ontario, Canada, the 510-bed Singapore General Hospital in Singapore, as well as the 500-bed Columbia Jiaxing Hospital in China.

“Globally, healthcare design is undergoing an exciting evolution and the trend is reflected across Asia and the Middle East. I am thrilled to embark on this exciting journey with a globally acclaimed firm like Perkins+Will,” Elrabaa said.

He is also an advocate of healthcare design research and has been invited to speak at a number of international conferences across Asia.

Prior to joining Perkins+Will, Elbarbaa was director of healthcare at Canadian firm B+H Architects in Toronto, as well as working on projects across the GCC during his time in Kuwait as senior architect at KEO International Consultants and at The Associated Engineering Partnership before that.

Some of his notable projects in the region include the Barwa Financial District, Al Ain University, Kuwait National Library, and Kuwait National Cancer Centre.

Perkins+Will’s healthcare projects in the Middle East include King’s College Hospital and King’s College clinics, with more projects planned for 2018.

The firm has also recently appointed a new managing director for its Dubai office, Roger Wilson, who replaced Stephen Charlton. He is now working beside the studio’s design directors, Diane Thorsen and Firas Hnoosh.

John Lister has also recently joined the firm’s Dubai studio as associate principal and director of architecture mixed-use and commercial.

Recently, it was also recently announced that Perkins+Will has acquired Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. 

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