Top of the list this year is Shaun Killa a multi-award winning architect who is set to create the Museum of the Future, close to Emirates Towers, along Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.
Having graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Cape Town, Killa moved to Dubai and joined Atkins in 1998.
He worked on the Burj Al Arab and became regional design director for the firm where he won high-rise commissions such as the Almas Tower, in JLT and the 55-storey 21st Century Tower, Chelsea Tower and Millennium Tower all along Sheikh Zayed Road.
His specialisation is large mixed-use high-rise buildings and his passion for sustainable design led him to design the world’s first large-scale integration of wind turbines into a building, the Bahrain World Trade Center.
In 2014, he set up Killa Design along with Allel Hadri. The company is focused on innovative, contextual, low carbon buildings which challenge architectural norms while engaging with and realising the client’s vision.
It has now delivered plans for the Museum of the Future with its motto “See the future, create the future”. The institution is set to reflect visions for change in the future by focusing on technology prototypes. A feature will be “innovation laboratories” which will spotlight education, health, smart cities, energy and transportation.
He has masterplans in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Dubai, and Cape Town and regularly participates on the advisory committees of several universities for their Bachelor and Master’s programmes. He was also a featured panelist at this year’s designMENA Summit.