Head of design at Brewer Smith Brewer Gulf, Salim Hussain presented the prize for Architect of the Year, at the Middle East Architect Awards 2014.
This award recognises one of the region’s most exciting architects. The prize is awarded to architects who have demonstrated commitment to dynamic yet feasible design that harmonises with its surroundings.
Nominees for the award also needed to acknowledge innovation, timelessness, aesthetic significance and eco-friendliness within the their entire body of work. A wealth of projects, both built and designed, were also necessary for consideration.
The panel praised Hussain for the outstanding quality of his work and his “continuing commitment to the architectural community.”
They also praised praised the strong communication of ideas along with a desire to bring on young talent across the region.
Upon winning the award, Hussain said: “I am overwhelmed, honestly. You look at the award and you think, ‘that’s 17 years of my life’, even more than that. There are a lot of people who helped me get here and I need to thank all of them- my wife, my children, my parents all my colleagues and of course all the great clients” .
Speaking of his many projects, he commented: “I have been really lucky. I started with smaller projects and learnt the ropes and started on very big projects which really stressed me physically and mentality, and professionally and personally. So you kind of grow every time you do something like that. So it’s nice to feel that effort and sacrifice was worthwhile.
“Each project is a way to test yourself- what have I learnt, and how can I now apply that? If I hadn’t learnt anything from previous projects- what’s the point?”
Hussain conluded: “Each project is part of the experience. That’s really what it’s all about- taking what you’ve learn from previous projects and applying that to the new work.”
The jury highly commended Pierre Martin Dufresne of U+A Architects for his consistent high level of design.