Charles Dalluge

President, COO & Board Member of DLR Group

As President, COO and Board Member of DLR Group, an integrated design firm with 1,200 professionals in 29 offices and projects in more than 40 countries, I am excited about the opportunity to speak at Leaders in Architecture 2018. DLR Group is ranked in the top-10 of all U.S. design firms and is 100% employee-owned. In 2017, DLR Group planned, programmed and designed over 2000 projects with an estimated construction value exceeding $3 billion dollars.

With DLR Group offices in both Dubai and Nairobi, Kenya, we provide planning, master planning, architecture and interior design services throughout the MENA region.

Ammar Al Assam

CEO, Dewan Architects + Engineers

“It gives me great pleasure to be part of the upcoming 2018 Leaders in Architecture MENA Summit. Given the current geopolitical and economic trends in the region, architecture can and should be both an agent that shapes and is shaped by the changes, and this forum will be a great opportunity to discuss our role as architects in how we can help create positive change in our built environment”

Sam Chee

Sales and Marketing Manager, Ferco Seating

“We are delighted to be a network sponsor for Leaders in Architecture MENA in its eighth year as this is the only event which brings together the most prominent decision makers from across the world representing the top global firms and architecture. Meeting these decision-makers is vital for us in completing our objective of expanding our portfolio in the MENA region, by networking with new clients and business partners as well as exploring the market for new business opportunities. We manufacture and install seating systems for conference halls, auditoriums, universities, cinemas, theatres and public areas, we will be displaying our seats at the event.”

Jamil Jadallah

Managing Director - National Engineering Bureau

An event like this is very good for our company in different ways. For example, it will introduce us to others. We will introduce our company to others so more people will know us and we will come to know more people. This is marketing on both ways.

Yann Dhalluin

Commercial Director Middle East - Kohler – Kitchen & Bath, EMEA

All my team met very good contacts in terms of design, consultants. It was an amazing day! We had an opportunity to present our brand and our product. This event will let us build a lot of projects in the region in the future, maybe even around the world

Jennifer Dixon

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.”

Akram Al Mahood

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.

Dr. Hasim Altan

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.

Hazem Midani

Deputy General Manager - Sara Group

The event is very important to the networking we do. We met a lot of interesting people, lot of interesting architects, designers, consultants and developers that are key and instrumental to our business. It was very nice to see some of the speakers that are currently our clients and some of the speakers that we are presenting and pitching too. So, this was very important. At the same time, we learnt several new things. It was very enlightening

Ian Apsley

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

Issam Ezzeddine

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.

Marwan Houry

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.

Patrick Feildel

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.

Sara Qais

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.

Shawn Basler

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.

Sumaya Dabbagh

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.

Suneer Thajudeen

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.

Thomas Behr

Managing Director - SOM

It’s a very interesting event where Leaders from all practices are coming together. The conference just started and we already got a very good insight on local large business and how they see the architecture developing