60 second interview: TNQ

Middle East Architect speaks to Tarek N Qaddumi, principal at Dubai-based architecture firm TNQ

How was 2011 for TNQ?
It’s been a remarkable year for TNQ. We were able to dove-tail between practicing in the UAE as an architecture and engineering consultancy firm and a regional architecture practice based in Dubai.

Moving forward, we are continuing to search for exceptional talent to work with our team of architects and designers as we grow a practice.

What are your current projects?
In the next few weeks we will deliver the Enshaa sustainable labour accommodation project, as well as Park Corner, a mixed-use development in Jumeirah, and Al Nahda, a residential development in Sharjah.

Do you feel that the UAE market has improved since the crisis?
The large availability of real estate space will continue to govern the construction market, despite great improvement in general market confidence in the UAE. However, the silver lining is that potential projects are facing greater scrutiny from an economic perspective which is a driver for architectural best practice.

How so?
Whereas a very competitive economic climate may seem restrictive for an architect, it is precisely in such instances that the architect’s creativity is challenged and the value of good design could be realised.  This environment certainly encourages more innovative ways to approach the design of space, and a more measured and calculated approach to experimenting with materials.