Godwin Austen Johnson grows regional design team

Architecture practice adds 10 people after wins in North Africa

Johnson: Region is fascinating place to work.
Johnson: Region is fascinating place to work.

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Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) has added 10 architects and interior designers to support its operation in the Middle East.
This follows a run of wins in Tunisia and Libya plus the awarding of additional contracts on Sharm Al Sheikh City Stars, a 15-year multi-use development in Egypt.

“The MENA region appears to have weathered the economic storm that we have seen globally over the past two years better than most. The countries that make up the region are still developing many aspects of their economies and the projects that we are undertaking there are reflections of this,” said Brian Johnson, Principal and Managing Partner of GAJ.

“We are mostly working on hospitality projects, which will help to support the growing tourism industries, and residential and commercial projects, which will assist in meeting the requirements for new accommodation among the individuals, families and companies that are moving into the region,” he added.

GAJ now has over 180 staff at its offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the UK and offers a broad range of services in architecture, interior design, graphic design and structural engineering.

The company was named Middle East Architectural Firm of the Year (modern architecture category) at the Middle East Architect Awards 2009.

“The rich history and culture of the region make it a fascinating place to work. Our challenge will always be to provide design proposals that capture the essence of the region and its people, while at the same time being contemporary and appropriate for the requirements of living in the 21st century. We are seeking to create a design language which helps give the region a sense of identity,” said Johnson.

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