Having attained a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design, a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Urban Planning and a Master of Science in Architectural Lighting Design, Regina decided to commit to her passion and specialize in lighting design for the last ten years after 12 years of professional experience working with architecture. In Dubai since 2010, Regina is an Associate Lighting Designer at Godwin Austen Johnson Architects and head of the lighting design department, with a comprehensive portfolio of work from public spaces to hotels, commercials and residential projects.
Stuart Allen acquired the Middle East wing of UK design company Artillery four years ago to found award-winning consultancy Allen Architecture Interiors Design (AAID). In just seven years working in the region, Allen has established a world class portfolio of projects, a team designing and delivering innovative, ambitious and highly prestigious commercial projects throughout the Middle East, and a studio in London catering to international clients.
With extensive experience of delivering luxury hospitality, residential and retail interiors, Allen has built a reputation for AAID as a consultancy that values integrity and transparency, and delivers thoughtful, bespoke design solutions of unsurpassed quality and attention to detail. He inspires clients to maximize the potential of their projects through close collaboration, and works with local contractors, suppliers and artisans to achieve the high standard of work that has become a hallmark for AAID.
Allen is passionate about nurturing young talent, and supports employees’ development through workshops, off site seminars and in-house mentoring.
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Fifteen years USA based experience specialising in retail, residential, hospitality and corporate including: Kramer Design Group, New York as design director and lead VVTTdesigner for commercial retail projects worldwide.
Gerald Strickland works with regional and global stakeholders to help align international energy efficiency and environmental regulations with a particular focus on developing policy and regulations for the lighting industry and regulatory authorities in the Middle East region. Previously Secretary General of the European Lighting Companies Federation, he played a key role in securing mandatory federal legislation for the phase out of inefficient lighting across the European Union. Gerald has also served as an advisor to the Australian Department of Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, the National Reform & Development Commission of the People’s Republic of China, the UN Environment & Development Programs, the World Bank, the International Energy Agency and numerous leading international lighting manufacturers.
Elizabeth is an award-winning interior design director with global experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With a background in fine art, Elizabeth’s designs begin with a traditional approach, hand-sketching and gathering inspiration from various influences whether it is theatre, music, fashion or art. Elizabeth’s extensive and varied work includes numerous hospitality, residential, civic, retail and commercial projects. Her versatility can be seen in her roles in design, business relations and project management and her desire to maintain a hands-on approach, working with clients and consultants to achieve final designs of an exceptionally high quality. Elizabeth was Senior Project Manager for design of the Baku 2015 European Games facilities, under the European Olympic Committees, including design and construction of the Media Centre and Media Village. Recently Elizabeth lead the brand creation and development of five new hospitality brands for Meraas in Dubai.
AbdulKarim Jawich is a Principal Architect for Dubai Consultants with 20 years of international experience in designing, detailing and delivering complex architectural projects.
He is involved in various projects and is responsible for managing multiple teams tasked with delivering the full spectrum of architectural services from concept design to detailed construction documentation while creating and maintaining key client relationships. He has extensive detailed design and multi disciplinary co-ordination skills which he uses to achieve seamless construction documentation with special attention to design excellence.
His project experience covers a range of sectors including, mixed use developments, residential, education, workplace, commercial and hospitality projects for high profile clients in India, Middle East & Africa.
The belief that light cannot be treated in isolation and his focus on the seamless integration of light and shade, have been central to Vinod's holistic design approach. Trained as an architect, Vinod is the lead at LW Lighting, involved in all phases of design - from design conception to commissioning, collaborating with various disciplines of spatial design. He has an extensive body of work that ranges from high-end commercial to deluxe hospitality projects, in Australia, India, China and the Middle East. Vinod has been an active member of the lighting fraternity, speaking at various design conferences in the region.
2015 - Present, LW, Dubai | Specialist Lighting Designer
2013 – 2015, Illuminate Lighting Design (HBA), Melbourne | Senior Lighting Designer
2013 – 2015, University of Sydney, Sydney | Visiting Faculty
2007 – 2013, Zumtobel Lighting, Sydney | Lighting Designer
2006 – 2007, ERCO Lighting, Dubai | Lighting Designer
Illumination Design Program | University of Sydney
B.Arch | University of Kerala
An Executive Director at ZAS, Preetam began practicing Architecture after obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture from RGTU, India. During his professional career, he developed interests in varied disciplines of the profession including Real Estate Management, Project Management and Sustainability. He acquired certifications of Real Estate Management (Harvard Business School, USA), PMP (PMI, USA) and LEED AP (USGBC, USA). Preetam joined team in 2007 and has since contributed immensely in supporting growth of the firm, its design and management portfolio, its diversification into Sustainable designing and Project development and Project Development Advisory services. Preetam has brought his multi-disciplinary acumen to the best use in various projects across the firm’s dashboard. His diverse project portfolio ranges from residential, commercial, institutional, educational, hotels/resorts and urban development.
Following his graduation from the Democritus University of Thrace with a degree in Architectural Engineering in 2007 Nikos started working as a lighting designer.
Over the last 10 years Nikos has collaborated with several design practices gaining substantial experience in all stages of design till project completion by working in residential, hospitality, leisure, public spaces, heritage and
Nikos joined the dpa Dubai office in 2014 and is currently involved in some of the most exciting and challenging projects in the region.
Nikos believes strongly in the collective creative process and contributes to dpa’s diverse team, throughout the entire design process with his creative thinking and ability to communicate his ideas.
Faraz is an award-winning Architectural Lighting Designer working for KEO International Consultants - one of the biggest multi-disciplinary practices in the region. Faraz has over 11 years of experience in a wide range of lighting design projects and applications.
In 2002 after graduating as an Architect, Faraz started off his career in the mainstream Architecture before the world of lighting lured him in. He made his shift to work as a Lighting Designer in 2004. After working for a couple of Dubai based offices, Faraz joined KEO’s Abu Dhabi’ Design Division in 2008. Faraz’s responsibilities include managing the complete lighting design packages for the projects within KEO’s Design Division. Faraz’s Architectural Lighting support extends to KEO’s Landscape Planning and Infrastructure Divisions, and to KEO’s Dubai, Kuwait and Doha offices as well.
Faraz’s experience varies extensively and covers lighting for residences, corporate offices, hospitality, facades, schools & universities, automotive showrooms, museums, religious and community buildings, landscapes, public realm, lighting for sports, transport terminals and lighting master planning. Faraz has worked closely with Municipality of Abu Dhabi City and has been a vital member of the team which provided the studies to develop new Street and Public Realm Lighting Standards and Regulations for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as per the international best practices.
Faraz is also an associate member of IALD and stays actively involved in the IALD activities specific to the region”. Recently Faraz has been selected as one of the top “40 under 40” Lighting Designers of 2017 globally by one of the prestigious publications of the industry - The Lighting Magazine based in the UK.
Having gained construction sector experience in the UK, USA, and UAE, including working with the Copenhagen Government to develop green city initiatives and other sustainability policies, Farah now oversees sustainability in Dubai for BuroHappold Engineering. She’s heavily involved in developing the practice’s sustainability strategy for building- and city-level urban planning, resource-efficient planning, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, and liveability for Arab cities in the Middle East. Plus, she looks after UK and European projects in her capacity as technical specialist in building performance evaluation for passive and low energy.
Naz was a prime mover in creating the strategy for the first zero energy building in the UK which, subsequently, won the 2015 RIBA Sustainable Buildings Award. And, currently, she’s working on the sustainability projects across the region including the Museum of the Future, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Bee’ah headquarters, a sustainability pavilion for EXPO 2020, and Masdar masterplanning. Meanwhile, Farah is a major contributor to BuroHappold’s drive for innovation in health and wellbeing across the built environment.
She’s also involved in several international masterplanning and infrastructure projects – the climate-change adaptation of tall towers and the future-proofing of buildings, as well as architectural design competitions focused on green principles, and strategic energy solutions for eco cities. In addition, she helped win and develop competitive projects - the Retrofit For Future initiative for eco-refurbishing social housing in London, sponsored by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), for example. Specialisations: sustainability, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, city resilience, and adopting the concepts of biomimicry and liveability for delivering future cities in the Middle East. Farah is registered with the UK Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer.
Furthermore, she’s a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), CIBSE UAE chapter, and a member of CIBSE UK Resilient Cities Group and CIBSE Council UK.
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