Ignacio Gomez completed his Master of Architecture and Engineering with Honors in Polytechnic University of Madrid, ETSAM and a postgraduate programme in Museography and Exhibition Spaces at Foundation Antonio Camuñas, Centro Superior de Arquitectura, Madrid, Spain. Prior joining Aedas, he worked for Godwin Austen Johnson as Partner and Design Director. He was responsible for leading the overall design direction and a number of key projects in the Middle East. With over 16 years of professional experience in architecture, Ignacio has been responsible for project design and management, specializing in master planning, hotel and leisure, residential and cultural projects across the Middle East. His designs have earned him various international and regional awards including Best Hospitality Project in Middle East Architect Awards 2012, Winner in Community Future category in Cityscape Global Awards 2011, Young Architect of the Year and Best Residential Project of the Year in Middle East Architect Awards 2010. Ignacio has been invited to be a guest critic at the School of Architecture & Design of the American University of Sharjah, UAE. He regularly speaks at different conferences in the MENA region such as the World Architecture Congress in Dubai, Architectural Design Days in Riyadh and DesignMENA summit in Dubai.