Announced last week at the MEED Awards ceremony in Dubai, KPF received the prestigious award of Architect of the Year.
KPF began working in the Middle East over 20 years ago, opening a branch in Abu Dhabi in 2009. Beginning in Dubai and expanding to Abu Dhabi, Beirut, Doha and Kuwait City, the practice continues to work in the region with a number of projects currently in design or under construction, including one of the world’s largest undertakings, the Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield Terminal Complex. The new 65-gate terminal will serve as a gateway to the city, processing up to 80 million passengers a year and dominating a key position in the global race for high-end air travel and transfer hubs. In Dubai, KPF is leading the design for two high-rise towers within Downtown West, which will flank Dubai’s new opera house in a district set to be the UAE’s new cultural centre. Also in Dubai, the KPF-designed Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences, east of the original Atlantis The Palm resort, is well under construction, creating striking presence on the famed Palm Island Crescent Road.
KPF Principal Mustafa Chehabeddine commented on the award, “It is an honour to win ‘Architect of the Year’ in recognition of our work in the Middle East. This award would not have been earned without the vision and ambition of our clients who entrusted us to create buildings and spaces that are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. With this award we now feel even more empowered to continue our creative work in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.”
The MEED Awards is a new programme organised by one of the leading financial publications in the UAE, MEED (Middle East business intelligence). It is for UAE-based businesses aimed at recognising and honouring the companies and stakeholders that have been instrumental to the success of the GCC’s growth story.