Boutique practices take on “big boys”


A change within the market across the UAE has seen a wave of boutique architectural firms come to the fore in recent years.

Fariborz Hatam is at the helm of one of these, Dubai-based FHSI Architects which he founded after a spell as design director at Aedas – established to compete with “the big boys”..

Taking the stage at the summit conference he said smaller firms are in a good position to respond to changes across the business.


“We only take on projects we feel are worthwhile and we can see through to the end,” he said. “There is a great deal of expertise within FSHI. We even have a psychologist who analyses how building design will relate to the people who live and work in the environment being created.

“A greater degree of adaptability comes from a boutique practice. It is not a one-size fits all approach – it is tailored to exact demands.”

Among Hatam’s work is a masterplan for the Afghan capital city of Kabul, the Masdar Mist neighbourhood – the first zero-carbon zero-waste community in the region and the Mandalina Marina in Sibenik, Croatia, which won an architectural award at Dubai Cityscape.

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One Response to Boutique practices take on “big boys”

  1. Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It is the little changes that will make the most important changes.

    Thanks for sharing!

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