Farid Esmaeil is the founding partner of X‐Architects, a leading architecture and urban design practice in Dubai. He graduated from the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in 2003. His design work addresses ssues of contemporary society, urban identity, and architecture. Farid has been the driving force in conceptual projects such as 'Xeritown' 60 hectare sustainable city in Dubai, and 'Al Nasseem' a 12 hectare community development in Al‐Ain, amongst others. Farid has lectured and exhibited work in various universities and institutions worldwide, including Venice Biennale 2008, AUS, Technical University [TU] Berlin, AIA Berlin 2002, and Archiprix international Architecture thesis program. His design work has won numerous awards including the regional Holcim Award 2008, and Cityscape Awards 2008 Dubai. He has contributed to Al Manakh, Architecture+, Art and Architecture and numerous other publications.