Global architecture firm RMJM, which has its international headquarters in Dubai since 2013, has announced two strategic steps that will strengthen its capabilities in the UAE.
Having been present in Dubai since 1970, the firm’s latest strategic decision has been to relocate its HQ to Dubai Design District (d3), with the move date planned for the end of January 2016.
CEO of RMJM, Harry Downie explained: “During the course of 2014 we developed a successful working relationship with Tecom Investments and we started to discuss d3, and Sheikh Mohammed’s visionary initiative to develop it into a world class creative community. d3 will be the future heart of the design industry and to contribute to its growth and to give our staff the opportunity to mix with other global design leaders was a natural decision.”
The firm has also been on the lookout for a local partner to complement its consultancy services and has now formed an alliance with SIEC (Studio International Engineering Consultants), headed by Emirati Nabil Al Kindi.
As a result of this alliance, RMJM is now able to provide a broader range of services including full leading consultancy, architecture including Architect of Record (AOR) services, interior design and construction supervision services, entirely under its umbrella.
This is important for clients who wish for “fast track” projects, from design to construction.
“RMJM is firmly committed to retaining its position at the forefront of the design industry in the UAE and with these two strategic moves we have cemented the plans for our future growth,” Downie said.
“There is a close synergy between our two companies as many of us have worked together before for many years, and during the course of several discussions we came to the conclusion that we could bring a very strong offering to the market if we joined forces,” stated Nabil Al Kindi, managing director of SIEC.
“SIEC’s team is well connected and knowledgeable with over 65 years of collective experience in the UAE’s construction industry. By combining our unlimited licence with RMJM’s broad design expertise we have the potential to deliver some very exciting projects in the coming years.”