Architect of the Year 2015 competition now underway

Nominations are now open for this Year’s Middle East Architect of the Year Awards and last year’s winner Salim Hussain reflects on his feelings on taking the title of Architect of the Year.

Being awarded the Architect of the Year has not only been a major career highlight, but also a huge personal milestone. Architecture is not an easy career path for anyone who chooses it, so acknowledgement of one’s work is highly appreciated. It was also pleasing that the judges noted a commitment to the architectural community and supporting younger talent as part of my citation.

This sharing and support is something I believe that we as an industry must do more of, not only for the future professionals but also for more ‘seasoned campaigners’.

Having previously been a judge at the awards, I understand what it takes to gain the judges’ vote. The shortlist included very strong and talented designers so it was gratifying to have some the industry’s leading figures hand me this award.

It was also nice to see industry leaders present on the awards night, including people I have worked with who wished me well and echoed the jury’s decision. It was good to catch up with friends old and new, including Kourosh Hajizadeh, who won the award in 2013.

One thing the award has done is to make me even more conscious of the work I do and my commitment to achieving excellent outcomes with each project.

Without wishing to sound pompous, the award does imbue a sense of responsibility to the winner. For me in a way it represents the start of a career rather than the defining moment. Couple this with the adage that an architect does not start maturing until he reaches his 40’s, it means that I need to forget all the previous hard work and double my efforts for the future.

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