Luke Lowings MA (RCA) ARB was born in Cambridge, England and studied Architecture at Kingston Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, London. He worked with sculptor James Carpenter in New York from 1989-2001. During that period he became a registered architect in the UK and New York State. In 2001 he returned to London, to set up Carpenter|Lowings.
For over twenty-five years, Luke has worked with glass and light, on a diverse range of projects all over the world, from domestic-scale installations to large tension-net façades, and artworks integrated into infrastructure projects, as in Abu Dhabi international airport.
From graphic designer to digital creative to interactive artist, Alex Beim’s career has been a diverse journey.
His interest in moving interactivity away from the screen and into the physical world led to the launch of Tangible in 2006. Since then, he has focused on developing interactive experiences that engage people in public and commercial spaces, and his artworks have been seen by millions worldwide.
His goal is to generate a sense of community through play, changing the way we see and use technology to make it a catalyst rather than a barrier for social interaction.
Kevan’s career began over 40 years ago, 30 of which have been at his studio, Kevan Shaw Lighting Design, which became the KSLD | EFLA Lighting Design Division in November 2018. In the same month, Kevan was proud to be formally inducted to the IALD College of Fellows.
Formally educated in Economic and Technical History and Social Psychology, Kevan was the first non-engineering degree holder to attain Chartered Engineer status through the Institute of Lighting Professionals in 2012.
Kevan has overseen more than 700 projects worldwide. Notable projects include the Scottish Parliament Debating Chamber and the KIPCO tower in Kuwait.
Based in Berlin, Andrés comes from the world of architecture. His fascination of how light models the space made him focus on lighting design. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Engineering (Mexico City) and a M.A. in Architectural Lighting Design (Germany). His design approach and experience have been gained since 19 years through collaboration with architectural and lighting design studios. In 2010 he joined Lichtvision, where he continues to pursue the enhancement of perception and quality of spaces through the strategic use of lighting, on a range of small to large scale international and local projects.
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.
Zeki Kadirbeyoglu is Turkey’s leading architectural lighting designer for over 29 years of experience. After co-founded Total Lighting INC. and worked as head ofdesign for 19 years, he founded ZKLD Light Design Studio in 2007.
His key projects include Hagia Sophia, biggest mix-use project Zorlu Center”Highly Commended" in Luwaard 2014, Emaar Square Istanbul, as well as his first in Dubai; Al Fattan Crystal Towers; which was opened in 2017.
Zeki is a founding member of the Turkish National Committee on Illumination ATMK, as well as a Professional Member of the IALD, has been a speaker at many national and international universities and events including PLDC 2013 Copanhagen, ILDC 2013 Shiraz, Designers with Light Forum 2015 istanbul, Lightspace 2016 Abu Dhabi, ILDC 2017 Tehran.
Driven by design excellence and creative responses to a clients’ brief, Diane is a principal, Design Director, and one of the founders of the Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. Her extensive experience spanning over 20 years couple with leadership ability has resulted in an award-winning design studio of thought leaders. A graduate of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Diane has focused on creating quality design from the inside out. Her international work brought her to the Middle East in 2008 where she embraced the region’s nuances and responded with sensitivity to appropriate design solutions. Most notably her designs for international workplace, hospitality, and mixed-use developments display attention to detail, a love of local art, and quality of craftsmanship. Her award-winning work and design approach is informed by sustainability, holistic, innovative project delivery, and user-centric design and research.
Bill Johnson established CD+M’s Dubai office in 2008 and has led the firm’s regional growth into a cross-section of markets and architecture including complex theme park venues, exhibitions, media, retail, hospitality, and public realm applications. With over 28 years of lighting and construction experience worldwide, Mr. Johnson has managed the design and site supervision of many high profile projects in the North American, European and Asian markets and brings a unique combination of global product knowledge, design, procurement and site supervision skills to CD+M’s projects throughout the Middle East and India.
Lighting Design Advocate . Formerly an industrial engineer, he lives and breathes lighting design. By a series of coincidences, he started publishing the only architectural lighting design magazine in Turkey back in 2005. Since then he kept reading, writing, learning, searching and organising events about lighting design.
He is the editor in chief of PLD (Professional Lighting Design) Türkiye magazine since 2006. He was the Turkish representative of PLDA (Professional Lighting Designers’ Association) from 2007 till it was closed in 2014. During this period, he has organised more than 20 events including conferences, workshops, Guerilla Lighting, Light walks and so on. Many firsts in the lighting design world in Turkey happened with its initiative. He has helped a change in the Turkish market from 0 independent lighting design office to 15 today within
13 years. (https://pldturkiye.com/pld-turkiye-etkinlikleri/)
Since 2011, he is trying to raise awareness of light pollution . Including screening “The city dark” documentary in major cities (Istanbul, Ankara, İzmir) and giving talks at different events and universities, he has gathered many different interest parties into the same platform to discuss the issue.
At the beginning of 2014, he co-founded Ağustos Teknoloji. He’s introducing innovative lighting technologies to the Turkish market. Since May 2018, he has taken the role as the business development director for LIGMAN.
He’s been an active speaker and moderator in both national and international events. List of the speaking experience: http://bit.ly/emregunes-talks
David has over 30 years’ experience in Design, Construction and Implementation of lighting projects in the UK, Europe and the GCC. He has extensive knowledge of lighting and associated electrical infrastructure. He has been a Contractor, Consultant and Client over his career and understands lighting from the various areas.
He contributes articles to National and International magazines on sustainability and technical issues. He is currently on the Advisory Board and is a Course Director for The Lighting Institute in the GCC as well as being a member of the Institution of Lighting Professionals and the Institution of Engineering Technologies.
David is now working in The Department of Urban Planning and Municipalities as their Lighting Expert.
Martin Valentine was appointed Global Design Director at LIGMAN at the beginning of 2018 and has worked in the field of lighting design for 30-years. A Masters graduate from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture and a Fellow of the Society of Light & Lighting, he has worked within the client, independent design practice, multidisciplinary consultant and now lighting manufacturer sides. At LIGMAN Martin’s role has a strong focus on the European, Asian, Australasian, Middle Eastern and North American markets. His work encompasses standards, quality, technology, training and events, defining R&D for future interior and exterior product ranges and interfacing with the international lighting design community and clients.
Over 10 years of experience in developing innovative sales strategies, analyzing business markets and managing high-profile client relationships. In depth knowledge of sales partnerships, channel development and joint product Go-To Market in APAC and ME for IoT market. Responsible for building global partnerships and alliances that have brought several new products to market and generated revenues.
Over the past several years, Yanick has travelled the world, working on architectural Lighting and Media Facade projects. With a Business Development focus and a From-Design-to-Integration approach, he has participated in many successful projects over the years.
Yanick provides a refreshing look into the future of the Lighting World. For the past 20 years, Yanick has played a major role in the growth of Telstar International, Moment Factory, Beau McClellan Design. Over the last few years, he has led SACO’s revolutionary video lighting and media facade missions as well as SACO Nation’s worldwide network of agents and integrators.
Dr. Miller joined the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council as a Regulatory Specialist shortly after the Council’s formation in 2013.
He led the establishment of the Abu Dhabi Government’s product conformity assessment services, including the mechanisms by which the Government determines the impact of conformity assessment on the quality, safety and performance for products in the Emirate. His work in pioneering the services and systems of assessment in a broad range of product fields relevant to public health, infrastructure, sustainability and emerging technologies is ensuring the quality of thousands of products from hundreds of companies throughout the GCC.
Dr. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a PhD in Microbiology (specialised in microbial genetics), both of which he earned at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also has Laboratory Quality Management and Quality Management Systems ISO certification as a Lead Auditor, and is recognised for his GCC regional trade capacity building by the UN Industrial Development Organisation.
Pradeep Singh currently leads the Business Development and Technical departments at Etihad Energy Services, (owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) . He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree with CEM, CEA, CMVP, PMP, and LEED Certifications, and possesses more than 10 years of experience in leading roles in energy efficiency and ESCO projects.
Pradeep is the most senior employee of Etihad ESCO who has played a key role in the shaping of the newly established company. He conducted the first ESCO project’s feasibility studies and was instrumental in developing the first ESCO Contract based on the guaranteed energy saving and performance. He was also involved in the development of the Dubai Airport and JAFZA Retrofit ESCO project, which turned out to be the largest energy retrofit project in the Middle East. He played a lead role in the development of key ESCO projects in Dubai that will result in guaranteed saving of more than AED 100 Million per annum.
Prior to joining Etihad ESCO, Pradeep served as the energy manager for IBM, where he was responsible for achievement of the company’s energy conservation target. He has also worked with Schneider Electric’s energy management department and has done more than 100 energy audits, which includes power plant, different industrial sector, commercial buildings etc.
Paweł Kmiecik, born in 1977 is an architect, specialist in light system design and lighting consulting.
He is the Head of Architectonic Division in LUG Light Factory and has graduated from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and City Planning as well as Wroclaw Academy of Art and Design, Faculty of Industrial Design. Since 2000, he has been associated with architectural light design, master plans and facility illumination.
As a Project Manager he has the international experience supported with numerous projects and realisations of lighting for public utility building such as airports, train stations, shopping malls, offices or historical sites in three continents.
He is a General Architect in LUG Light Factory since 2014.
Steven Velegrinis is Head of Masterplanning at AECOM Middle East and Africa. His work has focussed on the multi-disciplinary intersections between urban planning and landscape architecture and he has led design teams since 2003. Over the past 23 years he has practiced in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Gulf. His recent work has included urban design projects such as the Dubai Design District Masterplan, Qatar Science and Technology Park Masterplan, Bogacay Creek Masterplan in Antalya, The Mount Masterplan in Muscat, Le Marais Masterplan in Rabat, Morocco and the Hatta Tourism Masterplan.
Steven has also led the site design and landscape architecture of a series of hospitality projects including the Chedi, Ras Al Hadd, La Ville Hotel and City Walk Residential in Dubai, Kempinski The Wave Muscat and Hakkasan Restaurant in Emirates Towers Dubai. He remains involved in the development of the profession through his speaking engagements and research initiatives which have included speaking at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge University and Universite Paris Sorbonne.
With over 10 years of experience in the lighting industry, Fernando is currently working as LAMP and Nordeon brands Manager for the Asia-Pacific region. His background includes a Master in Planning and Design with a major in Lighting Design from King Mongkut University in Bangkok. In August 2017 he presented the results of a pilot study about the effects of light distribution on office worker´s health, at the 10th Asia Lighting Conference in Shanghai.
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.
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.
Paul remains at the forefront of Bishop Design LLC as the Owner and Founder, personally working on and overseeing each project that comes through the studio.
Paul has been the innovative powerhouse behind the studios latest projects including the utterly revolutionary dining destination Torno Subito for the world’s best chef Massimo Bottura, Wavehouse for Atlantis and hospitality leaders Solutions Leisure which adopts a unique philosophy of dine, party, play, Buddha Bar in Mauritius as well as the firms first hotel opening Studio One.
Currently working on 40+ projects within the region and internationally, Paul is contributing his tireless efforts and ultimate versatility to ongoing projects including a luxurious boutique resort in the Bahamas, six hospitality venues in Mauritius, three resorts and developments in India, whilst always remaining true to his renowned status within the F&B sector with projects inclusive of the latest dining offering to the W Hotel in Paris, Bohemian culture inspired eatery BOHO Lifestyle in Qatar and refined industrial style meat restaurant The Meating Room which are just a small selection among the infinite list of edgy concepts he continues to create.
Paul has also had the immense pleasure of working alongside awarded and Michelin star chefs on their latest ventures including Jean-Edern in Paris and locally celebrated Izu Ani as well as Jerome Lagarde, Hide Yamamoto and Massimo Bottura, introducing the world-renowned chefs to the region and being the driving force behind their first restaurants in the UAE.
Securing strong Client relationships in a way that only he can, Paul is responsible for securing the studios hotel and F&B projects in the Bahamas, India and Mauritius, successfully leading the studio into their global expansion goals for 2019. His multifaceted skill and talent as a designer continuously develop as he draws knowledge from all aspects he is exposed to. With the studios global expansion already commenced and a long list of high-profile projects both completed and on the drawing board, 2019 is prospected to be an extremely successful year for Paul and the Bishop Design brand.
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.
Andy Shaw is the Managing Director of AMA in Dubai. AMA are a contemporary boutique design studio based in Dubai. They have designed residential towers for Emaar in Dubai Hills Estate such as the recently launched Golf Suites tower project and are now working on Emaar’s co-living products. They are also working on iconic public projects in the Dubai Marina area with Meraas.
Andy has been working in Dubai and the Middle East for 10 years. He received a first class honours degree in architecture from the Bartlett School, University College London. He is currently a visiting Professor at Heriot Watt University in Dubai.
His approach to design is based on using advanced digital tools for discovering pragmatic, logical solutions that lead to elegant efficient designs. He is passionate about improving the built environment, and the potential for technology and people working together to achieve this.
Mark Davies is an MEP Technical Director with Aurecon and specialises in delivering large and complex projects. Mark understands how to integrate engineering design into supporting architectural aspirations as can be seen in his recent projects including the iconic Dubai Creek Tower, designed by Santiago Calatrava, and the Doha Oasis Theme Park. In reflecting on his experience, he believes that, as designers, we have to consider not only the impact of the building on the users and surroundings, but how it can respond to or shape future developments. Let us all “Just Imagine” and see where it takes us.
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 17 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After building up and heading the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position of Executive Vice President, Benjamin joined the Werner Sobek Head Office in Stuttgart, Germany and acted as Team Leader for Façade Engineering. In 2012, he joined Meinhardt Façade Technology in the role of Technical Director. Since October 2018, he is Head of Façades at Ramboll Dubai.
Raya Ani is a Multidisciplinary Architect; her work crosses over disciplines to include architecture, urban design, interior design, fashion, art and the environment. Raya was the 2017 President of the American Institute of Architects-Middle East, a licensed Architect in the State of New York and a US Green Building Council Accredited Professional. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was named one of the most powerful and influential Architects in the Middle East.
She received her BSC in Architectural Engineering from Baghdad University with distinctions, and an MS in Architectural studies from MIT where she was awarded the Harvard / MIT Aga Khan Scholarship.
She founded RAW-NYC Architects in 2012 in New York and established the Dubai office in 2014.
Raya is well recognized for her innovative designs and initiatives. Her work focuses on the intersection between technology, innovation and sustainability.
In 2019, she was elevated to the College of Fellows by the American Institute of Architects in the category of Design and was nominated for this elevation by the AIA- New York Chapter.
He has been working as Healthcare Consultant since year 2000 and he is involved in infrastructure development projects of scores of Hospitals, Specialty Centres and other healthcare facilities across Middle East region and India.
He has done his Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital & Healthcare Management from Indian Institute of Health Management & Research, Jaipur India. He has also undergone training for JCI Accreditation for healthcare facility management and safety.
His team in HOSMAC Middle East comprises of 60 professionals that including Medical Planners, Architects and Engineers involved in Programming, Planning, Designing and Project Management of Healthcare facilities.
Thierry is an Electrical Engineer and Lighting Specialist established in the UAE in 2001. He started LED lighting journey in 2008 and introduced several brands of LED lighting in the Gulf market and opened regional offices for few of them.
He has contributed to landmark projects like Ski Dubai, Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi etc.
Since 2016 he is an official Dialux EVO trainer in the region.
Certified PMP Project Manager with Architectural Engineering degree from the land of Pharaohs “Egypt” and master degree from the Project Management Academy Florida, U.S., with 17 years of Experience in Real Estate Development and Project Management industry.
Marwa has cemented her reputation as one of the region’s leading Project Management Consultants and has been holding many senior corporate positions for reputable firms in U.A.E. since 2002 during her career climb. In 2010 she established PDC CONSULT in Burj Khalifa District, Dubai, which was the first Projects Development Consultancy firm by then that supports Investors’ needs from both the commercial and technical sides of the Projects with a vision to lead in the niche market of Property Development and Management Consultancy by expanding its services to cover relevant aspects of the industry.
PDC CONSULT, as a leader in Development & Project Management consulting, it has an impressive track record of providing its clients with proven solutions that are highly efficient and cost-effective. It‘s services cover Commercial, Residential, Hospitality, Educational and Healthcare sectors.
PDC CONSULT treats every project differently based on its nature, every construction with full attention & professionalism and it assign on top experienced leader to make it happen.
She was featured in reputable “Construction Week” Issue June 24 – July 14 2017 (http://marwaabdelaziz.com/en/construction-weekly/), speaker at Dubai Land Department- Dubai Real Estate Institute on Oct 30,2017 (Project Management for Non-Project Managers) and she contributes a lot to her industry by a valuable articles about various innovative topics on her LinkedIn and personal website blog.
LinkedIn Profile : https://www.linkedin.com/in/marwaabdelazizofficial
Company Website: www.pdcgroupconsulting.com
Ahmed Saliem brings over 12 years of experience in the Lighting design industry.
Ahmed has a vast experience in the Lighting design field, specializing in lighting and electrical design, energy efficient systems, ranging from large infrastructure Projects, including master planning, to specialist projects including iconic architectural buildings, structures, hospitality, and world class interiors around the middle east.
An experienced Designer and team leader, Ahmed has lead multidisciplinary teams to deliver iconic projects around the region. Since 2011 the Nulty has won and been nominated for a number of awards including 2011 Lux Award Practice of the Year, 2012, 2013 & 2014 Lighting Design Awards, 2013, 2014 Retail Design Awards, 2014 SBID Awards and the 2011 Energy Awards.
BSc. Architecture and Urbanism (PUCC – Sao Paulo – Brazil), Master in Lighting Design (KTH University – Stockholm – Sweden)
After graduating from architecture and town planning at PUCC-Brazil in 2002, Rodrigo started his lighting design career as a junior lighting designer in 2004 at engineering company - Brisbane Australia.
After concluding his master degree in lighting design from KTH university Stockholm - Sweden, Rodrigo moved to Dubai early 2007 to join a local lighting design studio where he has been involved with the most diverse range of projects in the Middle East and Levant area.
With large amount of experience within the region, Rodrigo in the beginning of 2016, joined an international lighting design practice in Dubai as an associate lighting designer and a team leader responsible for the most various kind of projects such as Dubai Water Canal, Thalia Street Commercial Development in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dubai, Hilton Hotel in Bahrain.
By the middle of 2018, Rodrigo started his own lighting design studio in Dubai, La Luz Lighting to continue his success career work throughout the middle east.
A Bachelor of Electronics & Communication Engineering, he completed his Masters (M.Tech) in Illumination Technology from M.I.T, Manipal with flying colours & started his career as a Lighting Designer with Philips Lighting. He then went on to do his M.B.A in International Business from Apollo University, U.S.A, before the inception of his own Lighting Design & Consultancy firm called The Ministry Of Light, with offices in Hong Kong & Mumbai, which is today one of the Largest Architectural Lighting Design firms in Asia-Pacific. He is a born Artist & has a special talent in understanding & analyzing Building Architecture. Over the years he has “Conceptualised & Designed” the lighting for several world renowned Monuments & Heritage structures & has won several International Lighting design Awards for his work. He is one of the few Lighting Consultants worldwide who specializes in Innovative Office Lighting. He is a Member of the IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), IESNA (Illumination Engineer’s Society of North America)& ISLE.
Julia Dempster, Managing Director at Interior Motives, has quite the story to tell. Her portfolio lists names and projects not commonly found in most interior design portfolios. Saying that her impressive body of work is varied would be an understatement: she’s worked on sets of Paramount Studios as well as the palaces and exquisite properties of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of the UAE, during his time as the crown prince.
A transformative decision twenty-three years ago to venture from the west coast of America to a small but emerging city in the heart of the Middle East, proved to be the best decision she ever made. Not one to shy away from exploring new opportunities and ventures, her career has taken her across the globe, from her home in England, to the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, down under to Sydney, and now to our very own Dubai.
Interior Motives was formed in 2002 in Dubai and now have offices in both India and the U.K. We employ an experienced and respected team of interior designers, committed to creating original and individual interiors of quality that stand the test of time.
Our award winning practice has built a reputation for interpreting client aspirations and briefs creatively. We deliver professional well-documented solutions that exceed expectations and add value to projects and most importantly do not exceed the budget.
Shawna McFee is an upholding licensed Interior Designer with 10 years of combined experience in high-end residential, commercial, and 5 star hospitality design. She currently resides in Dubai and holds the role as an Associate for the hospitality division of AAID, an international multidisciplinary design firm. She believes it is the responsibility of a designer to consistently generate environments that are innovative, intelligent, and above all productive. Her international career began in 2010 in Singapore and continues to expose her to new emerging markets. The close interaction between various cultures, people and expectations continue to encourage her design awareness in the ever-changing field of design.
The founder of M Atelier. With a proven record in 5-star hospitality new builds & refurbishments, her projects, much like her personal style are a combination of contemporary and traditional that understand the guest experience from a first-hand perspective.
Working within the parameters of brand standards and identity, she brings unique design sensibilities to a project with a personable and professional service.
Of European decent, Liza has lived around the globe designing for major brands including Hilton, Shangri-La and Intercontinental with projects located across Europe, Asia , Africa and Australia. This gives M Atelier access to some of the strongest skills in the luxury design sector from concept through to completion.
Jet-setting around the globe, passion for architecture & art has been the major influence on innovation. Liza and M Atelier team global experience & perspective inspire a diverse selection of influences that are utilized for projects of any style, promising innovative solutions and outstanding interior experiences.
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 lighting designer.
Over the last 12 years Nikos has collaborated with several design practices working in Residential, Hospitality, Leisure, Public Spaces, Heritage and Landmark projects, gaining substantial experience in all stages of design till project completion.
Nikos has participated in a number of workshops and was one of the main speakers of FOS – Lighting Designers for Historic Urban Landscape. In 2013 he was invited to deliver a lecture to the Conservation and Restoration post-graduate course of School of Architecture AUTH, on Lighting of Historical Monuments.
Nikos joined the dpa Dubai office in 2014 and is currently involved in some of the most challenging and exciting 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.
Ira Naeem is a DHA-licensed Clinical Psychologist with a MS in Clinical Psychology from G.C University Pakistan. She is also a trained Cognitive Behavioral Therapist from Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Philadelphia USA. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, and Pakistan Psychological Association.
She provides quality psychological care for Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples and families. Her scientific focus is Bipolar disorder, which is defined as periods of depression and periods of abnormally elevated mood.
She has extensive experience in carrying out psychometric assessments in children and adolescents, using scales like: WISC, WRAT, CARS, ABAS, CONNERS, Bayley III, WPPSI-IV, Nepsy II, ABC Movement, VABS-II, CBCL and more. She has the multimodal theoretical approach towards treatment of children with determination which could include: Play therapy, therapy, Behavioral therapy, social skills training, cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy. She closely works with parents to improve upon parenting and communication skills to effectively address the needs of their children and to improve family relationships.
With over 9 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, she is specialized in using psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral psychotherapy to treat children affected by social, emotional and behavioral problems and adults with a wide range of difficulties, starting from stress, depression and anxiety to more severe cases, such as OCD, Bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She works collaboratively with the client in a holistic and insightful way to enable them to consider change and take control of their recovery.
Ira is also a corporate and community educator. She offers awareness workshops to the local community in an effort to give back. She also develops and delivers training to government and private entities.
Wajih is lighting architect at UMAYA with over 12 years of experience harmonizing the relationship between light and architecture, and enhancing visual performance throughout illuminated spaces. Driven by a passion for developing sustainable, technical and innovative light planning, Wajih attained a masters degree in intelligent buildings design, is LEED accredited and is also lighting-certified by NCQLP. Every new project is an exciting journey for him, and an intriguing opportunity to interact, brainstorm, plan and deliver. Wajih has worked on renowned projects across hospitality, educational, high-rise and public realms. His most recent projects include Etihad Museum and Meydan Avenue Development.
After obtaining his bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism in Brazil and working as architect for many years, Jeferson was captured by the intricate contribution of the lighting to the built spaces and its influence on people. This interest brought him to a Master Degree in Visual Environment and Efficient Lighting, and since he has dedicated his carrier to lighting design, summing up more than 14 years of practice, being 10 of them in the Middle East. His experience covers a wide range of lighting design projects for hospitality, educational facilities, residences, commercial retails, corporate offices, facades, shopping malls, public realm, healthcare facilities, industries and workshops.
“Designed light transforms a space into an exceptional environment and a memorable experience.”
Saju is a Lighting Architect bringing together the space/time with the art/science of lighting for over 15 years in the hospitality, retail, corporate, mixed use, roadways, sports and infrastructure sectors in the U.A.E.
An Associate member IALD, Member IES and Lighting Certified NCQLP, he affirms that the right lighting integrates all the other properties in a space to complete the design vision.
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