Egyptian architect Islam El Mashtooly leaves Perkins+Will for boutique firm
Egyptian architect Islam El Mashtooly has left international firm Perkins+Will to join Croquis, a Dubai-based, boutique, architecture consultancy.
Formerly senior design architect at Perkins+Will's Dubai studio, El Mashtooly won Middle East Architect Awards' Young Architect of the Year in 2015.
Over the years, he has continued to play an influential role in regional architecture, as evident in his various achievements, such as co-curating the Egypt Pavilion for Venice Biennale in 2018 and having his concept proposal for a Baghdad Design Centre shortlisted by international architecture prize Tamayouz Excellence Award.
As design director at Croquis, El Mashtooly will focus on instilling a new vision that will impact the firm's architectural output and brand identity.
"Drawing on references handed down through history, geography and folklore, Croquis looks to the contemporary to create forms and spaces that blend tradition with modernity," said El Mashtooly.
He added, "Since joining, I have been looking for new markets to enter, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Libya. We believe there are a lot of potential opportunities there. Our mission is to build a sustainable and liveable future."