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MEA Awards 2017: Hend Almatrouk of Studio Toggle is Young Architect of the Year

Hend Almatrouk, CEO and partner at Kuwait-based Studio Toggle was awarded the Young Architect of the Year prize at the 2017 Middle East Architect Awards.

The judges said that Almatrouk “has made undeniable strides in a short period of time, with projects that continue to positively contribute to the growing urban fabric of the GCC”, adding that she is “a person to watch out for very closely over the coming years”.

“I really didn’t expect to win- there are so many amazing young architects in the shortlist. I feel extremely privileged and honoured just to be nominated,” said Almatrouk upon picking up her trophy.

Speaking of her work at Studio Toggle, she said: “I believe what makes us stand out is the honesty of our designs, and also that we are always fighting norms. We have a very minimal and simplistic approach to any kind of design solution, and that’s what makes our work pure and honest.

“We always try to come up with solutions instead of producing a beautiful building for the sake of creating something beautiful. Projects need to communicate with the public and communicate with tenants, as well as its surroundings. Our architecture has to always be responsive and responsible.

I think it is important that whenever we design any type of project, that we always think this way.”

Studio Toggle has recently completed the design of multiple villas that are currently under construction.

“We also have three apartment buildings that with completely different typologies and we have one shopping mall coming up as well,”  Almatrouk added.

The award was presented by Abdullah Sulaiman, executive director from La Casa.

Highly commended in the category is Tommaso Calistri from Killa Design for his commitment to design integrity.

View all the winners of the 2017 Middle East Awards here.