Shaun Killa

Killa Design, Design Partner | Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Shaun Killa studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked with several award winning architectural firms in Cape Town. Shaun was involved in designing masterplans, waterfront developments and stadia before he moved to Dubai in 1998 and joined Atkins working on the Burj Al Arab.

In 2000 he became Design Director and lead Atkins Dubai by winning multiple international competitions such as 21st Century Tower, Chelsea Tower, Millennium Tower and Al Mas Tower (370m). His design specialisation is in complex mixed use projects, hospitality, high-rise towers and his passion for sustainability design led him to design the Bahrain World Trade Centre. This project is the world’s first large scale integration of wind turbines on a building and help initiate the green building movement in the Middle East.

Over the years Killa focused his design philosophy on innovative low carbon…

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Awards Urban Habitat Jury (2018)

Annual Conference, Keynote Speaker (Middle East 2018)

Annual Conference, Presenter (Middle East 2018)

Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Middle East 2018)

CTBUH Initiatives


21 October 2018


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Crafting a Middle Eastern Skyscraper: Working with Climate and Culture

Sixty-eight percent of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. As a result of this, growing populations and the increasing...


20 October 2018


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Polycentric Cities: The Future of Vertical Urbanism

CTBUH 2018 Conference Speakers

As we approach the new normality of cities housing 10 million or more inhabitants, those best positioned for the future are evolving along polycentric, multi-nodal...


05 March 2008


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Harnessing Energy in Tall Buildings: Bahrain World Trade Center and Beyond

Shaun Killa & Richard F. Smith, W S Atkins & Partners Overseas

This paper describes the design evolution of the large scale wind turbines proposed for the Bahrain Trade Center. It describes the details of the wind...