Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Dubai Hosts: "2018 Top Architects and Designers
in the Middle East"
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

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DUBAI - The CTBUH Dubai Committee recently hosted an exclusive social event in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects (AIA Middle East), focusing on the 2018 Top Architects and Interior Designers in the Middle East.

In an event that strengthened the sense of camaraderie and community amongst leading architects and interior designers in the region, senior representatives from top firms arrived at the venue to be greeted by an astonishing street magician, underscoring the point that creative folk are in many ways like magicians – logic only gives man what he needs; magic gives him what he dreams of.

There is, of course, a real magic in enthusiasm – it spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment – and this was palpable in the air when Christian Vasquez, CTBUH Dubai Representative, Board Director of AIA Middle East, and Business Development Executive, National Engineering Bureau, launched the event and introduced Antony Wood, Executive Director of CTBUH, who delivered a video greeting to the attendees.

Attendees listening to the opening remarks.

With everyone officially welcomed to the invitation-only occasion, the warm and relaxed atmosphere, fuelled by music and an overabundance of delicious “nibbles”, allowed everyone to reconnect with fellow associates and communicate with their peers. Past accomplishments were discussed and plans for the future considered. By socializing with each other and discussing their individual visions, for attendees the evening turned into an opportunity to envisage future outcomes in even more imaginative detail.

Attendees also got the chance to have a sneak preview of the 2018 CTBUH Middle East Conference, which will embrace every discipline involved in tall buildings, from urban planning to cost consulting, architectural design to vertical transportation, real estate development to curtain wall design. It will also look at some of the greatest challenges of our time: unprecedented population growth; mass urbanisation; climate change; environmental degradation; social, political and economic change; and the rapid advance of countless technical innovations.

Feedback from the event was hugely positive, with new sponsors coming forward to collaborate on future events, and myriad calls for a follow-up networking event from attendees. Best of all, apart from the fact that everyone was presented with three of CTBUH’s most popular and informative books, was the fact that a percentage of the fund from the sponsors was donated to an “Architects Gives Back” project, which will see a number of less fortunate children taking part in a three-month feeding program.

Christian Vasquez, CTBUH Dubai Representative and Business Development Executive, NEB delivers the welcoming remarks

A street magician wows event attendees.

This social event represented a unique coming together of the industry’s finest, honoring their “magical” contributions in shaping and interpreting our built environment. As Sir Christopher Wren, one of the most highly acclaimed architects in history, once said: “The secret of architectural excellence is to translate the proportions of a dachshund into bricks, mortar and marble.”

This magical evening would not have been possible without the generous support from our friends in the industry; Emirates Project Magazine, Cosentino, OFIS, Technal, JT+Partners and National Engineering Bureau.

The successful evening would not have been possible without the hard work of the events team (left) and the support of our generous sponsors.


Kishor Kumar Lad 10 Design
Chris Jones 10design
Jennifer Wipplinger 360 decoro
Ioanna Papadopoulou Aedas
Alexandra Hatton Aedas Interiors
Tim Shepherd Aedas Interiors
Tiziano Aglieri Rinella Al Ghurair University
Juan Roldan American University of Sharjah
Jonathan Ashmore Anarchitect
Janus Rostock Atkins
Salim Hussain Atkins
Alex Cunningham Benoy
Saba Begum Benoy
Ana Margarida D' Castro BIA design FZ LLC
Cezar Binchy Binchy and Binchy Architecture
Jenny Binchy Binchy and Binchy Architecture
Paul Bishop Bishop Design
Michelle Larkworthy Bishop Design
Selini Bishop Bishop Design
Mehmet Aktash Bishop Design
Kathryn Churchouse BLUEHAUS GROUP
Martin Pirnie BSBG
Simon Collingwood Cityscape / Informa
Teneshia Naidoo Cityscape / Informa
Nick Ames Construction Week
Eddy Abou Khalil Cosentino
Kinan Al Khouri Cosentino
Miriam Llano Cosentino
Fadi Dafesh Cosentino - sponsor
Sami B. Elayan D&A Consult
Muhammad Habsah Dar Al-handasah
Duncan Denley Desertink
Eric Lindblom DP Architect
Sunil Gomes Dubai Properties
Martin Baerschmidt EDGE
Fariborz Hatam FHSI Architect
Lesha Fernando HBA
Muhsine Morel HBA
Sarah Hamid HBA
Adlin Saidon ID Studio
graeme anderson ID Studio
Cameron Mc Pherson IHG
Azza Anwar Interior Motives
Aakriti Dhaliwal Interior Motives
GianLuca Cuiffo JT + Partners
Bruno Stringheta JT + Partners
Tamar Shorten JT + Partners
Aliya Shayakh JT + Partners
Karim Marouf JT + Partners
Lama Harb JT + Partners
Michele Najm JT + Partners
AbdelKader Saadi JT + Partners
Joe Tabet JT + Partners
Benedick Bello KCA International
Sheila Baldovino KCA International
Amanda Barratt KCA International
Keith Chalmers KCA International
Ben Piper Killa Design
Kurt Hanzlik Killa Design
patrick bean Lacasa
Sarah Grant LXA Design
Karen Konsal LXA Design
Dr Bhakti More Manipal University
Alex Yoo Marriott International
Jamil Jadallah National Engineering Bureau
Christian Vasquez National Engineering Bureau
Issam Ezzedine National Engineering Bureau
Jan Michael Peramide National Engineering Bureau
Yousef Naji National Engineering Bureau
Philip Castillo National Engineering Bureau
Marvic Tesorro National Engineering Bureau
Arjan Pit North 25
Ali Maarrawi OFIS
Jennie Stallings OFIS
Mohammed Fawaz OFIS
Marina Petrovic OFIS
Sue Brawn OFIS
Matthew Agus OFIS
Helen Kinsella OFIS
Matt Hall OFIS Interface
Heather Yanusas Pascall + Watson
Eric Baldovino PNC Architects
Raya Ani RAW NYC
Ralf Steinhauer RSP
Srivatsa Srinivasan Technal
Ranjith Kavalan Technal
Samir Slimani Technal
Ranga Prasad Technal
Arvind Kumar Technal
Wael Abbas TPG Emirates Project
Jane Muff TPG Emirates Project
Martin Dufresne U+A
Frederico Cruz Wilson Associates
Darcy Lawrence Wilson Associates
Dean Mc Grail WSP