Architecture, Cairo, Dar Al-Handasah, Dubai, Muhammad Habsah

Architecture is about responding to human needs, says Muhammad Habsah

According to Muhammad Habsah, an architect who recently joined the Dar Al-Handasah team, architecture isn’t just about building shapes. “It’s about responding to human needs, culture and identity,” he said.

“I decided to move to Dubai because I wanted to apply my design philosophy,” he added, “which centres on creating buildings that are inspired by the local culture, identity and heritage of a place, as well as combining technology with the natural environment.”

The Helwan University graduate relocated to the UAE from Egypt nearly three years ago after finding Dubai an easier place to work in than Cairo, in terms of achieving architectural feats.

With only a few years into his career, he’s already worked on a range of award-winning projects. His design ‘Uptown Makkah’ took home the Future Residential Building of the Year 2016 at the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, while his concept for the Egyptian competition Science City was awarded the Best Unbuilt Project 2016 at the AIA Middle East Design Awards.

Recently too, he’s delivered a concept design for a project that looks at improving the quality of life for displaced Syrians. The project starts at the country’s border and moves inward.

The complete story on Habsah will be in Middle East Architect’s July issue.

DesignMENA recently published a story on Manar Moursi, who also delivered a design for Science City.