Bluehaus Group, Capital Gate Tower, Le château de Marcenac, Muscat, Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, RMJM Architects

Tony Archibold joins Bluehaus Group as design director

Tony Archibold, former associate director, RMJM Architects, has moved to Bluehaus Group as design director.

Archibold worked in his previous role for four-and-a-half years delivering projects such as Capital Gate Tower, in Abu Dhabi, Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat, and Europe’s 450metre tallest tower, in Istanbul, which he designed and won as part of a competition team, beating Fosters.

In his new role, he will be expanding the interior design side of the business and developing its architectural services across the Middle East. He will also be working alongside the company’s new MEP division.

“At Bluehaus, the MEP division is part of the interior design team and that doesn’t normally happen in a small firm, only with multinational companies,” said Archibold.

“Where we have interior design and MEP working together in a boutique setting, we can hammer out the small details rather than working with separate consultants. There is a much tighter integration working hand in hand with the team and we are all UAE based.”

Archibold will work with 30 people including eight engineers in the MEP division at the firm’s offices in Tecom, Dubai. It recently moved from the Gold & Diamond Park.

“I’m an architect by trade but I graduated from university having qualified in a module in interior design as well,” he said. “ I love the idea that you can design something in the same way Charles Rennie Mackintosh created the Glasgow School of Art, designing all the lights, cutlery, light fittings, one design intent on all scales that is untouchable. We want to take that idea at Bluehaus and turn it into something coherent for our clients.”

Archibold has lived in the UAE for five years and prior to that ran his own architecture practice in France for four years renovating medieval castles.

“I bought an 11th century château in the southwest of France between the Dordogne and Toulouse, renovated it, and turned it into a small guesthouse, called Le château de Marcenac. Following that, I was asked to do other renovations and build eco-homes in Bordeaux. Prior to that, I was a consultant architect in the UK.

“I wanted to join Bluehaus because as a company it is ambitious and well managed but it doesn’t take the risks like some other firms. They are very prudent which is important in this climate.”