Nigel Craddock joins RNL in Abu Dhabi

Architect and design firm RNL has hired Nigel Craddock as Regional Director of Architecture for firm’s practice in the region.

Craddock has a decade of work in the region and joins RNL’s growing Abu Dhabi office, which is best known for work on projects such as the Burj Khalifa master plan and the new Dubai South – The Villages master plan.

“The breadth of Nigel’s expertise, combined with his significant experience in the region made him the clear choice to lead RNL’s architecture practice in the Middle East and North Africa region,” said Patrick McKelvey, senior principal at RNL.

“Additionally, his holistic and forward-thinking approach to sustainable design closely mirrors RNL’s own. In the Middle East in particular, through RNL’s extensive master planning work, we’ve seen an increasing desire to push the envelope in terms of creating spaces and places that support sustainability and wellbeing. We are confident that our architectural practice in the region is well positioned to address that demand under Nigel’s direction.”

Prior to joining RNL, Craddock served as the Regional Director MENA with Stride Treglown – Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. There, he managed operations, staff and business development, oversaw all projects and coordinated with international offices, local authorities, governments and private clients.

Craddock additionally has experience working with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, as well as a six- month posting in Libya. His work in the MENA region was recognized in 2014, when he was named in the Middle East Architect’s Power 50.

Craddock became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and earned his Certificate of Architectural Professional Practice in 2003. He also served on the Architects Registration Board. He received both his bachelor’s degree and Diploma of Architecture from the University of Plymouth.