Pierre Martin Dufresne named Principal of the Year

The prize of Principle of the Year at the Middle East Architect Awards was handed to Pierre Martin Dufresne, partner at U+A Architects.

The award was presented to him by Brian Johnson, managing partner and principle at Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ).

The panel stated that Dufresne’s work was “sublime,” adding that he is an inspiration to all who work alongside him.

One judge praised his “consistent form of his work and attention to detail which sets his projects apart.”

“I actually, really, did not expect this at all,” he said, after receiving the award.“You work so hard and it is so nice to get recognition – especially from your fellow professionals who work in the same field.”

He added: “I really love what I do and it is nice to see people having an appreciation of my work.I could not be more pleased to receive this award.”

Among his recent projects are DAMAC Heights in Dubai and the MBC Villa in Abu Dhabi.

The judges highly commended Nasser Abulhasan from AGi Architects for his impressive range of both built and theoretical work since starting the company.