RMJM’s Dubai-based Iranian architect Enayat Ghaedi discusses his latest projects in the Middle East and Romania

Shiraz-born architect, Enayat Ghaedi, has long been interested in the field of architecture. Inspired by the architectural heritage of his home country, the American University of Sharjah-graduate has also been influenced by Dubai’s growth, which he’s witnessed during visits to the UAE since the 1990s.

Today, Ghaedi is an architect at RMJM’s Dubai studio, where he’s been for over five years. Previously, he worked as a sustainability consultant at Buro Happold and an architectural intern at Meecon Consultants.

“Ever since I joined RMJM in 2013, I’ve been exposed to so many projects of different scales and in different locations,” he said. “Some of the key ones include Gate Avenue in Dubai’s DIFC, the Innovation Hub in Dubai Media City, and most recently, the Brasov masterplan in Romania.

“At RMJM, we have the freedom to design and connect the city [through] our proposals. So the Gate Avenue project, for example, was the missing piece of the overall masterplan of DIFC. It’s not just a retail stretch of 900m, it’s also a landscaped deck that all these buildings connect to, and my specific [responsibility] was the DIFC mosque, which will open in 2019.”

Many of Ghaedi’s projects are large-scale, and he’s mostly worked in the hospitality, retail, commercial and masterplanning sectors. His two upcoming projects include a masterplan in Muscat, Oman, and a mixed-use development in Cairo, Egypt that involves hospitality and retail.

“We approach projects with three [considerations],” he said. “The first is the ethical responsibility that architects have to the users and the occupants of the space. They have to feel comfortable and we design it for them at the end of the day. The second is that the project has to fit the city, so the city is another aspect of the project that we always look at. And the third is the developer – a commercial value has to be realised… We benchmark the success of a building against those three values.”

Looking ahead Ghaedi said he’d like to continue gaining experience with his seniors, while sharing knowledge he’s gained with junior architects and recent graduates.

“I haven’t reached my senior stages yet – I still have a lot to learn,” he said, “but at the same time, I’d like to start teaching juniors what I’ve learned so far, especially since coming out of the university bubble.”