Middle East Architect Awards, Woods Bagot

Large Architecture Firm of the Year: Woods Bagot

Nicole Farrall, Duncan Parkinson, Alf Seeling and Steven Velegrinis

Woods Bagot wins ME Large Architecture Firm 2011

Global architecture practice Woods Bagot was named as Large Architecture Firm of the Year at the 2011 Middle East Architect Awards.

The award recognises a company, with over 100 employees, that has made the most significant contribution to architecture in the Middle East.

With offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, the firm’s regional projects include the Qatar Science and Technology Park and Kempinski hotels in Bahrain and Oman.

Alf Seeling, design director, principal, Woods Bagot, picked up the award with his team. He said: “We are overawed. Woods Bagot has been in the region for 12 years now and it feels good to be acknowledged for our input into this region. We are very dedicated.”

He continued: “We now have over 100 people in our office but when we started out we only had three members of staff. Since the recession we have managed to keep our hold in the marketplace and that has made the company even stronger.”

Seeling added that Woods Bagot has partnered with engineering firm Buro Happold on an initiative called Zero Emissions Design (ZERO-E), a model for sustainable development that significantly advances the construction industry’s contribution to realizing a zero carbon economy by 2050.

The awards judging panel noted Woods Bagot’s unique design approach and its clear vision for the region, which was said to be projected in the company’s image.

One judge commented: “This practice provides unique and clean-lined contemporary architecture. We should remember that simplicity in architecture is the ultimate sophistication.”

The judges highly commended GAJ for continuing to deliver authentic proposals across a wide range of typologies.

View pictures of all the winners here.