Dubai will be hosting the biggest show in its history, Expo 2020 that will bring together more than 190 countries and will give them a platform to showcase their creativity, innovation, and partnership globally. With more and more nations now revealing their unique pavilion themes and content plans, all this put Dubai right up on the world map of design and architecture.
The Design Forum 2020 will present an opportunity for the attendees to get acquainted and explore some exciting industry topics such do we need more legacy project like district 2020 in the region, how big data is transforming the design field, and is gender pay gap widening in the creative field, why and what to do?
• To bring designers and suppliers together
• Network opportunities to create strong
• working relationships
• Showcase your key design pieces/projects
• Exciting design industry-relevant panel discussions
• Design presentations by industry leaders
Ever wondered what will happen once the Expo 2020 is over? What happens when the scope of the work of pavilions, hotels, and other developments has been delivered, Are legacy projects like District 2020 vital for economic development as they will result in job and investment creation. Do we need more of these for continued growth? We invite experts to share their opinions on legacy projects.
With big data, architects can estimate costs more efficiently. Big data isn't just changing the architecture industry, it's changing the attitude of others towards it. More and more people are wanting buildings that can provide information and big stores of data. Companies are asking for data reports to improve the performance of their assets. How well is the region in tune with this aspect?
It's everywhere in the world and even RIBA takes keen interest to encourage practices to report to help address the Gender Pay Gap across the profession. Do women in the design industry feel that they there's a great imbalance in pay of men and women and this needs to be addressed. Let's find out the reasons of this behaviour from the experts and solutions to solve this problem.
Design Middle East is a magazine title introduced by media production house BNC Publishing, based in Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates.
Our mission is to bring you a carefully curated selection of architecture and interiors from the Gulf, Levant and beyond. Each month we profile the people, products, trends and technology shaping these vibrant sectors. In its third year, Design Forum is one of most popular knowledge-sharing and networking platform attended by who’s who of the industry.
The last seven years of his career, Rupert Tait has spent building deep industry expertise in the lighting industry across Africa and the Middle East. Tait's focusses on " transforming a traditional industry & helping people make better lighting choices". He has worked with major clients around the world. These include Hilton, Emaar, Crowne Plaza, KFC, British Airways, and Louis Vuitton.
Sayjel Vijay Patel is an assistant professor at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) and CTO of Digital Blue Foam (DBF), a software startup that has developed new tools to accelerate the world’s transition to carbon-neutral cities. An architect by training, his research focusses on developing new human-machine interfaces to promote creativity and well-being. In 2018, Patel won the acclaimed Red-Dot Design Award for his research to develop generative design software for the 3-D printing industry. Patel is a graduate of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
Rasha Alkady is an architect and interior designer with over 15 years of international experience. Alkady has worked for prestigious organisations such as dwp, KCA International, and Hirsch-Bedner Associates in Dubai. In 2013, she launched her own studio called Studio KAD, with a team of talented and like-minded designers and architects, specialising in architecture, interior design, and landscape. Alkady with her team has worked with some of the world’s leading hotel brands, developers and individuals including Kempinski, Marriott, Hard-Rock, Emaar, and MAF, and has also delivered some interesting projects for the royal families in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Ras Al Khaimah.
With a strong design-led background and technical and commercial aptitude, Kerem Cengiz has had over 20 years of international experience across all aspects of real estate development. Cengiz aims to create developments that contribute in combining high urban design quality with assured commercial success through innovation, strong leadership and effective management. He has addressed and participated in multiple international conferences, such as MIPIM, Cityscapes, and The Big5 Dubai. He has also presented at several universities and has led the formation of national architectural guideline and regulatory publications. Kerem’s outstanding work and leadership have helped him secure many significant and high-profile projects in the UAE, GCC Region, and internationally against other globally recognised international practices. This has earned him and his team the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award for Innovation” in 2017, as well as “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade” in 2009.
Joining Bond Interiors in 2007, as an operations manager, Steve Kiernan played a pivotal role in the strategic development of the company over the past decade and more. Hailing from the United Kingdom, Kiernan's professional career took off in 1978, with prominent management roles in various construction companies in the UK and the UAE. Promoted to general manager in 2014, a position he holds to date, Kiernan continues to use his in-depth experience in overseeing the company’s critical decision-making aspects and is also part of the management team that launched Bond Interiors’ new 550,000sqft sustainable production facility early this year.
Laila Al-Yousuf has spent many years within the design industry while working for global design practice, Perkins + Will, and has been recogniSed previously for her exceptional work, having designed for Google, Adidas, Ford and IBM. She continues her constant evolution, finally realising her dream of starting her own design practice, SAY Studio, with business partner Matthew Sexton in June 2018. As the design director and partner of this new, dynamic firm, she has led the team to some landmark wins such as PwC, Natixis, and Facebook to name a few. Her leadership skills, along with her fierce passion for delivering world class designs have established the firm as a true contender within the Middle East market.
Marija Krsmanovic Stringheta joined RMJM in 2019, as a senior architect in Dubai, UAE. Her strength in design led projects had gained her experience in different sectors including urban planning, residential, commercial, hospitality, and cultural buildings. Stringheta studied architecture in Serbia and Germany and has worked internationally in Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Stringheta has over seven years of experience and before joining RMJM, she worked worked for Bevk Perović arhitekti in Slovenia and X-Architects in Dubai.