Raed Alsayyed is Young Architect of the Year 2014

Winner of the Young Architect of the Year category was Raed Alsayyed – an emerging talent from P&T Architects.

He emerged from one of the most keenly contested categories because the judges felt: “he is a young man who is not afraid to be bold and individual in his vision.”

They said they were certain the design and build community would here more of him in the future and particularly praised his “beautiful reinterpretation” of a classic mosque design.

Alsayyed said: “This is a great push forward for me in my career. To be honest am truly shocked. There were eight other people on the shortlist so I knew it would be tough. But during the build up to the announcement of the winner a mosque was mentioned – then I knew I was the one. Of course I was very happy to win.”

He added he felt “humanity” was the most important facet of architecture.

“The fountains in the Dubai Mall are a good example – an urban intervention which adds the human touch to a development.

“These sort of intermediate spaces give a new meaning to architecture and connect the buildings to a more human and friendly city – in fact a more real city.”

Highly commended for this category were Gaurav Malhotra of RMJM and Mouaz Abouzaid of Godwin Austen Johnson. The judges said both showed huge promise and had kept true to their own ideas.