Since 2000, Shaun Killa has won multiple design competitions, such as the 21st Century Tower, Chelsea Tower, Millennium Tower and Almas Tower – all of which were during his time as design director at Atkins in Dubai. While Killa’s design specialisation is in complex mixed-use projects, hospitality and high-rise towers, he has also long been an advocate of sustainable design.
Following his success in the early 2000s, he went on to design the Bahrain World Trade Centre – the world’s first large scale integration of wind turbines on a building. According to Killa, the Bahrain World Trade Centre helped initiate the green building movement in the Middle East.
Over the years, Killa has focused his design philosophy on innovative low carbon buildings and challenged the norms to design recognisable projects. Examples of his work include the Lighthouse Tower, Address Boulevard, Habtoor Towers, Dubai Opera House, and several large-scale developments in India, Saudi Arabia and China. He has also led masterplans like Cairo Smart City, Dubai Promenade, Cape Town Waterfront 2030, and several new developments in Riyadh and Jeddah.
In 2015, Killa left Atkins to establish Killa Design, and in the short time since, he has won multiple international commissions including the Museum of the Future, Address Jumeriah Gate, W Hotel Mumbai, Vida Marina and Aycon Twin Towers. One of the firm’s most notable work is the recently completed Office of the Future, the first occupied 3D-printed building in the world.
Beyond the firm’s built portfolio, Killa participates on the advisory committees of architecture universities, regularly speaks at global conferences and mentors emerging talent.