After present you the 10 most influent architects in the Middle East (which you can see HERE), today we reveal the best professionals with a continued presence in this area of the globe. Factors such as numbers of projects, office locations and locally-based staff have been taken into account. These very best design professional are fully made of inspiration, innovation, social awareness, ability to understand and develop sustainability and the desire to do what no-one else has ever achieved.
Current Middle East Architect of the Year who has worked in masterplanning, residential developments, hospitals and education. He has also financially managed projects and assisted the development of young talents through academia and internships.
2) Martin Dufresne – U+A Architects
At the forefront of an ever-expanding firm Martin Dufresne was highly commended in this year’s Architect of the Year category of the MEA Awards and won the title of Principal of the Year in 2013.
3) Shams Naga – NAGA Architects
The holder of three Masters degrees in Environmental Design, City and Regional Planning and Architectural Theory as well as a PhD Shams Naga is a leading member of the architectural community in practice as well as one of its top academic voices.
4) Michael Fowler – Aedas Middle East
With experience of large scale new projects as well as preserving historic buildings Michael Fowler runs the regional office of one of the world’s most important firms. The revolutionary Al Bahr Towers in Abu Dhabi are among the company’s many award winning design.
5) Austin Relton – Foster + Partners
Asatd is responsible for stadium design for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar and Ali Bin Nasser Al Khalifa has been at the forefront of designing arenas which emphasise the region’s culture and values as well as providing world class facilities.
7) Reiner de Graaf – OMA
Reiner de Graaf has been instrumental in identifying local solutions when it comes to sustainability. He was also involved in a msterplan for Ras al Khaimah which went a long way towards shaping the emirate’s development. He also works on ways to keep alive the heritage of an urban area whilst keeping it relevant to the future.
8) Ian Apsley – Broadway Malyan
Broadway Malyan was one of the main firms responsible for the realisation of the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, which has provided a new benchmark for sporting design in the region. The company is also involved in major development on the waterfront close to Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai.
9) Chris Jones – 10Design
The company most closely identified with the realisation of the latest stage of the Al Barari environmental residential project on the otskirts of Dubai, 10Design is one of the growing powers in the profession in the GCC, in part because of its expertise in providing sustainability.
10) Nasser Abulhasan – AGi Architects
AGi Architects won the Boutique Firm category at this year’s MEA Awards and the company’s Seed House was voted the Concept Design of the Year. This continues a great run of success in the competition in recent years which also included two top places in the 2013 ratings.