Nominations revealed for ME Architect 2010 Awards

Over 100 projects and individuals to be whittled down to 65

Last year's group of winners.
Last year's group of winners.

With just weeks to go before the Middle East Architect Awards at the Park Hyatt in Dubai, we reveal the pick of the entries for the 13 categories up for grabs in 2010.

Each category will eventually be narrowed down to a shortlist of five by our judges, with one winner and one highly commended entry being recognised at the ceremony.

For information about the event, and how to purchase tables and tickets, please contact Annie Chinoy on annie.chinoy@itp.com

The Awards and Nominees

Architect of the Year
Engineer of the Year
Young Architect of the Year
Principal of the Year
Large Middle East Firm of the Year
Boutique Middle East Firm of the Year
Engineering Company of the Year
Overall Middle East Project of the Year
Sustainable Project of the Year
Commercial Project of the Year
Public Sector Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year
Hospitality and Leisure Project of the Year
Residential Project of the Year
 

Next page: Architect of the Year

Architect of the Year

This award recognizes one of the region’s most celebrated and established architects. A demonstrated commitment to dynamic yet feasible design and architecture that harmonises with its surrounding context was essential, and nominations for the award had to acknowledge innovation, timelessness, aesthetic significance and inspiration within the architect’s entire body of work. A wealth of projects, both built and designed, were necessary for consideration.

Nominations
Alf Seeling, Woods Bagot
Melkan Gursel and Murat Tabanlioglu, Tabanlioglu Architects
Khaled Al Najjar, DXB Lab
Jamie Webb, RMJM
Kirby Zalameda, KEO
Tony Archibald, RMJM
Ibrahim Jaidah, Arab Engineering Bureau
Alaa Mandour, KMA
Maan Al Sallowm, COWI
Enrico Botta, Enrico Botta Architecture

Next page: Engineer of the year

Engineer of the year
This award recognizes one of the region’s most celebrated and established engineers. A demonstrated commitment to dynamic yet feasible solutions to the unique engineering challenges of the region was essential for consideration. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge innovation, sustainability and inspiration within the engineer’s entire body of work. A wealth of projects, both built and on the boards, were necessary for consideration.

Nominations
Amr Samir Fattah, KEO
Bill Jolly, KEO
Hamish Raeburn, RMJM
Mona Vasigh, RMJM
Sujata Gupta, KEO

Next page: Young Architect of the year

Young Architect of the year
This award recognizes one of the region’s most promising young architects (under 35) and his/her commitment to strong design, innovative solutions and progressive projects. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge the potential within the candidate, not necessarily his/her demonstrated body of work.

Nominations
Obada Adra, Atkins
Benjamin Piper, Atkins
Enrico Botta, Enrico Botta Architecture
Hani Fallaha, RMJM
Bruno Veninga, Woods Bagot
Ignacio Gomez, GAJ
Neil van der Veen, RMJM
Miroslav Sopko, KEO
Robert El Habre, Norr
Tracy Nasr, Traces

Next page: Principal of the year

Principal of the year
This award recognizes one of the region’s best celebrated and established principals. A demonstrated ability to lead in a challenging economic environment was essential for consideration, as was a high-level of professionalism and an ability to make the right decisions to push a firm forward in a competitive market. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge innovation, leadership and inspiration as well as demonstrate decision-making skills, professionalism and vision.
Submissions
Ahmed Al Ali & Farid Esmaeil, X Architects
Zuhair Hamed Fayez, ZFP
Don Ichino, KEO
Raj Patel, KEO
Mohamed Al Assam, Dewan
Nick Haston, RMJM
Raj Patel, KEO
Stephen Embley, AFR
Rod MacDonald, Buro Happold

Next page: Large Middle East Firm of the Year

Large Middle East Firm of the Year
This award recognises those firms with more than 100 employees that have made the most significant impact on the GCC region through their work in 2010, whether they specialise in traditional or modern architecture, or in villas or skyscrapers. Nominations for the award had to demonstrate a large body of work from across the region, and special consideration was given to firms incorporating unprecedented design, innovative materials, striking forms and eco-friendliness.
Nominations
Aedas
Atkins
AEB
Aukett Fitzroy Robinson
Dewan
Dar Al Handasah
KEO
RMJM
Woods Bagot
Tabanlioglu

Next page: Boutique Middle East Firm of the Year

Boutique Middle East Firm of the Year
This award recognises those firms with less than 100 employees that have made the most significant impact on the GCC region through their work in 2010, whether they specialise in traditional or modern architecture, or in villas or skyscrapers. Nominations for the award had to demonstrate a large body of work from across the region, and special consideration was given to firms incorporating unprecedented design, innovative materials, striking forms and eco-friendliness
Nominations
Centroid
Drawlink Group
FX Fowle
X Architects
DSA Architects

Next page: Engineering Company of the Year

Engineering Company of the Year
This award recognises one of the region’s best engineering practices. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge the regional challenges faced in various projects, and the engineering solutions provided. Special consideration was given to environmentally-friendly solutions, reduced carbon output and size and scope of projects
Nominations
Arup
KEO
ETA MNE
Meinhardt
RMJM

Next page: Overall Middle East Project of the Year

Overall Middle East Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s best complete building or structure. With so much of the region’s architecture existing only in the digital realm, nominations for the award had to acknowledge those buildings or structures that have made the most architecturally significant leap from sketchbook to built environment. Nominations ranged from a single-family home to large-scale developments and supertall towers.

Nominations
Green Community, Dewan – UAE
ITCC HQ, Zuhair Fayez Partnership – Saudi Arabia
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Architrave - UAE
Radisson Blu & Park Inn, Aukett Fitzroy Robinson - UAE
Haigazian University Heritage Building, IDEA sarl Consultants
Burj Khalifa, SOM – UAE
Tripoli Congress Center, Tabanlioglu - Libya
Index Tower, Foster + Partners - UAE
Aldar HQ, Arup - United Arab Emirates
Mirdiff City Center, RKTL - UAE

Next page: Sustainable Project of the Year

Sustainable Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s most environmentally sensitive project. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge projects that most completely embody a commitment to energy-efficiency and environmental responsibility. Nominations could adhere to any of the criteria for any internationally sanctioned (i.e. LEED, BREEAM, Green Star, Estidama etc.) sustainability assessment tools.
Nominations
ADIC, Aedas – UAE
Rukn Al Aqeeq, COWI – Saudi Arabia
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), HOK – Saudi Arabia
ESAB Middle East Warehouse, Pax-Kent International – UAE
The Salam Centre, Tamassociati – Sudan
Mirdiff City Centre, RKTL – UAE
Doha Rise – Dar Al Handasah
Technosphere, James Law Cybertecture
Abu Dhabi Education Council HQ, KEO – UAE
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Architrave – UAE

Next page: Commercial Project of the Year

Commercial Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s best commercial project. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge projects or project designs that provide an excellent working environment for employees, at the same time making the most of sustainable initiatives in a sector that is traditionally very energy reliant.
Nominations
Yas Hotel, Asymptote - UAE
Code Tower, DXB Lab - UAE
The Index Tower, Foster + Partners - UAE
Aldar HQ, Arup - UAE
Riyadh Tower, Atkins – Saudi Arabia
ITCC HQ, ZFP - UAE
Bank Muscat HQ, Atkins - Oman
Prism Tower, Dewan - UAE
Al Reem Mall, KEO - UAE
The One Tower, Dewan – UAE

Next page: Public Sector Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year

Public Sector Institutional & Cultural Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s best public sector project. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge projects or project designs that provide an environment that encourages the exploration of cultural themes, or provide a public service for residents in the Middle East
Nominations
KIA HQ, KEO – Kuwait
Technosphere, James Law Cybertecture - UAE
Majlis Gallery, Dubai Municipality - UAE
Mosque King Abdullah Financial District, FX FOWLE – Saudi Arabia
Tripoli Congress Center, Tabanlioglu - Libya
Abu Dhabi Future School Programme, Broadway Malyan - UAE
Sheikh Saeed's House, Dubai Municipality – UAE
Al Dhayaan Municipality, AEB - Qatar
British Embassy Algiers, John McAslan + Partners – Algeria
Najaf City Council, Dewan – UAE

Next page: Hospitality and Leisure Project of the Year

Hospitality and Leisure Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s best hospitality and leisure project. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge projects or project designs that provide a excellent facilities, be they hotels, stadiums or sports centres.
Nominations
The Yas Hotel, Asymptote – UAE
Hotel Art Gallery, Drawlink Group – UAE
Sports Hotel, Atkins – UAE
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Architrave – UAE
Red Sea Riviera, GAJ – Egypt
Rukn Al Aqeeq, COWI – Saudi Arabia
Hotel & Conference Centre Technology Park Building, ZFP – Saudi Arabia
Talal Liwa, DSA - UAE
Kempinski Doha, AEB - Qatar
Radisson Blu & Park Inn, Aukett Fitzroy Robinson – UAE

Next page: Residential Project of the Year

Residential Project of the Year
This award recognises the year’s best residential project. Nominations for the award had to acknowledge projects or project designs that provide a comfortable and attractive living environment for residents in the GCC.
Nominations
Holy Shrines, Dewan Architects – Iraq
Naseel Corniche Tower, Atkins – Saudi Arabia
The Index Tower, Foster +Partners – UAE
Lusail Mixed Use, KEO – Qatar
Red Sea Riviera, GAJ – Egypt
The Pear Project, Dar Al Handasah – Qatar
Mina Reef, Meinhardt - Bahrain
Kempinski Residences & Suites, AEB – Qatar
Carina Views, KEO – UAE


 

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