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MEA Awards 2017: Joe Tabet of JT+Partners wins Principal of the Year

Dubai-based architect Joe Tabet of JT+Partners was voted Principal of the Year at the 2017 MEA Awards, competing against seven powerhouses from the region, like Firas Hnoosh of Perkins+Will, Emad Jaber of La Casa and Ammar Al Assam of Dewan Architects+Engineers, among others.

Originally Lebanese, Tabet founded his company more than two years ago after leaving his post at global architecture firm Atkins. His achievements and leadership abilities in the short time since launching his firm greatly stood out to judges.

Labelling him a “revolutionary”, our judges revered him for having “broken out of the mould and proceeded to plan structures and communities that would transcend design and encompass societal and environmental issues.”

Principal of the Year – Joe Tabet of JT- Partners – MEA Awards 2017 , The Ritz Carlton JBR , Dubai. Photo by Ajith Narendra / ITP Images

“He took the leap from working with a large international practice and has, in a very short span of time, successfully launched his own practice with an impressive portfolio of clients and projects,” the judges added. “His submission was also well thought out and showed a good balance between work and team building.”

Upon receiving the award, Tabet said, “It’s a great feeling and I would like to thank MEA and the judges for this award. I was up against a lot of great principals from really powerful firms, but the judges were able to see what JT+Partners has done in two years and they appreciated it. This is great motivation for the team and myself.”

“When I was called a revolutionary – I thought that was awesome,” he added. “I recently found that when I look over the past two years, from where I was when I started on my own to where we are today with three offices and 50 people, I feel that it’s been unbelievable.”

Highly commended were Nasser Abulhasan and Joaquin Perez-Goicoechea from AGi Architects, who the judges called “excellent pioneers that should be looked to as points of reference for designers across the region”.

The award was presented by Zohaib Rahman, division head at Alucopanel Middle East L.L.C.

View all the winners from the 2017 MEA Awards here.