GAJ wins Large Architecture Firm of the Year

Dubai- based firm Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ) picked up the prize for Large Architecture Firm of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards 2013.

The award was presented by Mallikarjuna Rao, general manager at Alubond Operations, Mulk Holdings.

This award recognised the firm with more than 100 employees that has made the most significant impact of the GCC region through its work in 2013.

The judges noted GAJ’s “attention to detail and to the human scale,” making the company’s work a constant pleasure.

Amongst GAJ’s recent projects are a new cricket stadium in Abu Dhabi, a golf club alongside Dubai Creek and the Arabian Courtyard Residence and Spa.

The judges added that the firm has established “a distinctive architectural style with a regional design emphasis.”

Collecting the award was Brian Johnson, managing partner at GAJ. He said: “I’ve been here a long time and so has the practice.

What we’ve being trying to do is to synthesise this East-meets-West philosophy, and to produce appropriate architecture for the region. I think, perhaps, that people latch on to this idea that we’re here; this is our head office. GAJ is not an Australian or a British company that has a branch here; it’s an integral part of the community.”

He added: “It’s really nice for GAJ to be named Large Architecture Firm of the Year. The thing about architects is that they thrive as much on the approbation of their peers as they do on dollar signs. The fact that other architects and designers have put us in this position means a great deal to us.”

Highly commended for this category was NORR for continuing to push boundaries with fresh and exciting ideas across the region.