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Home grown talent wins Architect of the Year award

Khalid Al Najjar of dxb lab scoops top architecture accolade

Khalid Al Najjar, principal & founder, dxb lab, Architect of the Year
Khalid Al Najjar, principal & founder, dxb lab, Architect of the Year

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Khalid Al Najjar, of Dubai-based practice dxb lab, has been named Architect of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards ceremony, held on Tuesday.

Al Najjar received the accolade for his portfolio of designs, which judges said displayed ‘an impressive handling of context, which is all too frequently neglected in the region’.

“It means a lot to me. [Architecture] is not something where you can sit back. You need to continue to be inventive. I’m honoured to win this award,” said Al Najjar.

The jury was particularly impressed by his sensitive response to culture, location and climate.

“This architect’s approach to design is underpinned by an extremely fine attention to detail and to the resolution of the project on site,” said Hisham Youssef, director of design for international projects at Gensler, one of seven judges involved in the decision.

The panel thought his projects showcased a clear sense of design identity, modernism and clean lines that appear to work at all scales.

A total of ten awards were presented to architects and engineers from around the Gulf region.

This was the second annual Middle East Architect awards.

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