Brian Johnson, Principal and Managing Partner of GAJ Architects (Godwin Austen Johnson). The British architect began his career in London in 1973 and in 1975 took a decision to move to Dubai. With 40 years of regional experience to his name, Brian’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture is undeniable. His body of work comprises some of Dubai’s most recognisable and prized buildings. Among them is the Dubai Creek Golf Club, widely recognised as one of Dubai’s first architectural icons – so much so it features on the 20 dirham note. Brian is credited with having set in motion a countrywide trend in the UAE to incorporate traditional Arabic and Islamic themes into modern architecture. His award winning practice, which in 2014 celebrated its 25th year, has a portfolio of projects across the Middle East, North Africa and India His distinctive style and uncompromising resolve for design excellence are acknowledged with major architectural awards, as well as personally being awarded ‘Principal of the Year’ in 2011 and achieved a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 2015 Identity Design Awards.