Managing Director - Bridgepoint
“I believe Leaders in Architecture MENA is dealing with so many architects, so many well established companies in the MENA region, and it really was a very good start. People are willing to get to know your product especially as a startup company in the MENA region. It has been fantastic and we will definitely be back. This conference has been done perfectly well.”
Principal - Al Baker Architects
“Leaders in Architecture MENA is a great catalyst for architects to communicate with each other's work and discuss their issues what they are dealing with.”
Founder - RAW-NYC
“Leaders in Architecture MENA is a very interesting event because it's about the debate and discussion, rather than everyone showing their work, it raises a lot of issues and challenges we need to talk about and it helps us to network with colleagues and also a good opportunity to have new clients.”
Principal - Stantec
“I really enjoyed the group of professionals that have the experience, very eloquent, they know what they’re talking about, we learn a lot from each other, and it’s a great opportunity for us to establish bridges and create a collaboration and teaming with each other. I look around the room and I don’t see a competition, what I see is opportunity for teaming up and to work together with the best clients for this region.”
Project Manager and Architectural Engineer - ARUP
“What you’re doing is really not just connecting architects you’re connecting ideas and you’re connecting diverse professionals. Even among us architects we are different. We get to know from this event who can do what and if I have an idea I know who can build it for me. That’s what Leaders in Architecture MENA does.”
Founder - Dabbagh Architects
“Leaders in Architecture MENA is definitely a great forum to get the top architects in the region to come together and dialogue and discuss the issues that are a concern or a challenge in the region.”
EMEA Architecture Leader - AECOM
“I’ve been hugely impressed by Leaders in Architecture MENA, I really experienced the level of engagement on panel discussions and that just demonstrates that there is a hunger in this area for architects to get together and debate the issues which are of interest to our profession and ultimately the interest to our clients so I think this summit plays a very important role in development of profession in the UAE.”
Founder - Makower Architects
“I found all of the discussions interesting and valuable, certainly I’ve met useful and valuable contacts, in the interim sessions.”
Manager - Nobilis
“We realized that there was a lot of customer that we didn’t know since we are mainly catering for designers, and not enough architects which is a really good opportunity for us. I found the quality of the attendees’ high level, people who can decide. Compared to a normal exhibition, we are closer to people, and it’s easier to get in contact with them.”
Managing Director - Grandeur Design & Trade
“This event is very helpful and knowledgeable for me to know what is happening exactly, the realistic things which is happening behind the scene because at the end of the day people only see the tall tower but they don’t know how was it created, why was it created, what was the motivation, and their in-depth feeling to make something like that so it's a really great to opportunity to meet those people and listen to their experiences.”
Head of Urban Planning - Dewan Architects
“I think it’s a good opportunity to meet other people and discuss openly some of the critical issues of the practice and also how we are going to manage business and the clients. Exchanging ideas is very important. It’s a collaborative kind of discussion between people in different topics that is going to develop awareness about the issues and challenges. Networking is also very important.”
Group Director - P&T Group
“I think it’s important for any type of education or to open your minds to talk to other likeminded people in the same profession. It’s always fruitful.”
President, Chief Operating Officer - DLR Group
I’m enjoying it immensely, learning a lot, it’s wonderful that I come here to Dubai and I see people that I haven’t seen in a while and making new friends and getting more acquainted with people that I’ve known for a long time. There are very few events like this that bring new friends and old friends together so I applaud the effort.
I also applaud the fact that there’s an equal amount of panels and the opportunities to have the conversations in between the sessions and over a cup of coffee to further explore some of the topics, which a very healthy mix.
CEO - RMJM International
Leaders in Architecture MENA gives great opportunities for the different architects who practices to come together and exchange ideas without the feel that they’re giving business away or giving secrets away. This is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and all learn and move forward.
Principal Design Architect - National Engineering Bureau
I would love to see more summits like this because it is more into the current status of creating more business to the developments of the country particularly in Dubai and the more summits we have the brighter eye you will come up with developing designs.
Main Board Director - Broadway Malyan and Chairman of the EMEA Region
I think it’s very interesting to have a form to meet purely as architects. There a lot of these events in this region where you will meet real estate professionals and engineers. But I think to meet just pure architects to share stories are very valuable.
Associate Professor - Sustainable Architecture of British University
I think this is an excellent event and I’m really excited to be part of it. I will encourage my colleagues and my professional students to come and join the conference.
Principal and Executive Director - Perkins Eastman
This event creates a platform for everybody to talk. Dialogue is always good so this is more of a platform you create that the people can share ideas and share dialogue. Nobody has all the answers but whenever we get together and able to talk about them people can sort of share ideas through them, this is really what we need to have more.