Dubai-based X-Architects co-founder, Ahmed Al Ali, says one of the greatest challenges facing Middle East architects at present, is how the profession is viewed by the society.
The role of the architect in the Middle Eastern region is important, but undervalued, according to Al Ali.
“Yes, we’re definitely facing challenges here. It’s not very well understood by society in general what the role of an architect is, and could be,” says Al-Ali.
He admits it is a new concept in this part of the world where, in his opinion, architects not only provide commercial projects, but also bring value in terms of cultural and social aspects.
“Architects are viewed as service providers rather than contributors to culture. It has to change,” he added.