Yahya Jan is Vice President & Design Director at NORR. Yahya undertook his undergraduate and graduate studies in the US, earning a Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Engineering and a Master of Architecture, both at Princeton University. Upon completing his studies, Yahya worked for 10 years in New York and Boston, and is a licensed architect in New York.
With over 30 years of global experience, Yahya directs NORR’s design effort in the Middle East and Asia. In 1996, Yahya joined NORR’s Dubai office as the Senior Designer on the Jumeirah Emirates Towers project. Since then, he
has played a lead design role at NORR, winning commissions throughout the region. Yahya’s built work includes signature office, residential and hotel towers, retail malls, and multi-use developments.
Yahya believes in the ability of integrated design to transform our built environment. Central to his design philosophy is a multi-disciplinary approach that includes owners, architects, structural & environmental engineers, and others, working collaboratively to unlock hidden potential. An advocate for research and design collaboration, Yahya believes that a key challenge in the continuing evolution of our cities is the need to question conventional wisdom. A winner of numerous international awards, Yahya’s design and research is featured at conferences and in leading publications worldwide.
NORR Group Consultants International Limited is a fully integrated firm of Architects & Engineers,with offices in 23 cities including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Toronto and London. Founded in 1938, NORR is part of the Ingenium Group of Companies and has provided over 77 years of continuous design excellence. NORR provides all aspects of architectural, engineering and construction related consultancy services. Established in the United Arab Emirates since 1990, our group has been involved in many significant commercial and institutional projects that have shaped the skylines of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. Over the past 26 years, our group has designed and delivered numerous significant projects in the UAE, including high-rise commercial, hotel, and residential towers and business parks. In Abu Dhabi our significant projects include the Le Meridien Hotel, Desert Island Resort & Spa and the expansion of the UAE Central Bank. In Dubai, our completed projects includ e the iconic Emirates Towers, Emirates NBD Headquarters, Burj Khalifa, Shangri-la, Atlantis - The Palm and Al Fattan Marine Towers. Our current projects located in Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Jumeirah Village and Dubai Marina, are in different stages of design and construction, with a few nearing completion. Our portfolio across the region includes the Al Hitmi Complex-an office and residential development located on the Doha corniche in Qatar, and The Avenues- one among the largest retail developments in the Gulf and the Trade Center in Kuwait. We currently also have projects in design in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman