Winners announced for the 2018 Middle East Architect Awards
Middle East Architect once again celebrated the projects, firms and architects who are making their mark on the region’s architecture industry. Now in its 11th edition, this year’s Middle East Architect (MEA) Awards ceremony was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC, in Dubai on 21 November, gathering members of the region's architecture community far and wide under one roof.
The awards covered various sectors of architecture, from hospitality to cultural and public sector to concept design. The awards programme also focuses on recognising the individuals who shaped the projects of the year, with categories such as Young Architect of the Year, Architect of the Year and Principal of the Year categories.
This year also saw the launch of a new category, Landscape Project of the Year, which was picked up by desert INK for its The Block project in Dubai Design District.
Tehran-based Fluid Motion Architects picked up two awards on the night for Commercial Project of the Year and Community & Cultural Project of the Year, for Valiasr Mosque in Tehran.
Istanbul-based firm Tabanlioglu Architects also received two accolades, awarded the Large Firm of the Year award, while its two founders Murat Tabanlioglu and Melkan Gursel jointly won the Architect of the Year award.
Architects and projects from the UAE, Kuwait, and Lebanon were also recognised in the awards programme, with firms such as Fahed + Architects, Woods Bagot, Studio Toggle, and Hala Younes Architecture picking up awards.
A total of 13 awards were handed out during the course of the evening. See the full list of winners below.
Winners of the 2017 Middle East Architect Awards:
RESIDENTIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Terrace Villa by Hala Younes
Highly commended: Villa Safadasht by Kamran Heirati Architects
COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Ava Centre by Fluid Motion Architects
Highly commended: Saro Gallery by Mehdi Qanavati and Amin Qorbani
LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY PROJECT OF THE YEAR: The Contemporary District in Al Seef by 10 Design
Highly commended: Kempinski Hotel Muscat by Woods Bagot
PUBLIC SECTOR AND EDUCATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Educational Complex by Mohammad Shamaeizadeh and Shirin Shariffar
Highly commended: Wall of Knowledge by Tarik Zoubdi and Mounir Benchekroun
COMMUNITY AND CULTURAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Valiasr Mosque by Fluid Motion Architects
Highly commended: Shape Architecture Practice + Research for The Rain Room Pavilion
LANDSCAPE PROJECT OF THE YEAR: The Block by desert INK
Highly commended: Thirty Pine Villa by Aleshtar Architectural Office
SUSTAINABLE PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Abwab Pavilion 2017 by Fahed + Architects
Highly commended: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects
CONCEPT DESIGN OF THE YEAR: Floating City by Kamran Heirati Architects
Highly commended: Sheltain by the Sheltainer team
BOUTIQUE ARCHITECTURE FIRM OF THE YEAR: Studio Toggle
Highly commended: BAD. Built by Associative Data
LARGE ARCHITECTURE FIRM OF THE YEAR: Tabanlioglu Architects
Highly commended: U+A
PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR: Jonathan French of Woods Bagot
Highly commended: Hani Fallaha of Loci
YOUNG ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR: Mohammad Khavarian
Highly commended: Aezad Muzaffar Alam of Reform
ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR: Melkan Gursel and Murat Tabanlioglu of Tabanlioglu Architects
Highly commended: Amirhossein Tabrizi from A.T. Architects