Mahmoud Shahin on designing for human experience

Mahmoud Shahin was born in Cairo, Egypt, and developed his interest in design at a very young age, while playing with blocks and trying to reconstruct the neighbourhood where he lived and was growing up.

The P&T architect said: “Naturally, my interest grew further with the ability to sketch and draw what I imagined. Finally I came to admire the built environment locally and then globally through my travels.”
Shahin studied at October 6 University in Cairo, where he obtained a Bachelor of Architecture and his first job was as a teaching assistant at the university teaching design.

He said: “My passion and philosophy have always been characterised in the ability to add to the built environment by enhancing human life experience with the design of spaces, which consider both human and environmental aspects.

“I currently work on large scale, commercially driven projects. However, I would like to be engaged in more non-commercially driven projects, where I can unleash my design philosophy and create more sustainable buildings such as religious and institutional.”

Dubai’s Viceroy Hotel and residences and Hameni residences, Jumeirah village circle, also in Dubai, along with the Kempiniski Hotel in Riyadh are among his projects.

He added: “I want to work on buildings that significantly affect human life and the built environment positively and ultimately be able to spread my knowledge.”


Mahmoud Shahin, aged 32, was born in Cairo, studied architecture for five years and worked as a teacher’s assistant. He came to Dubai in 2006 and joined P&T architects in December 2007 as a design architect. Shahin has experience in a wide range of buildings, specifically in the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia and Asia.