It’s been a year of triumph! U+A and its Co-Founder and Managing Principal, P. Martin Dufresne, have achieved exceptional success in the past year. Beyond regional expansion and the successful completion of impressive high-end projects, the company has solidified its standing as a top-tier firm, earning multiple prestigious awards in 2023. The strategic acquisition under Egis Group has further propelled U+A onto the global stage, cementing its international presence.

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Under this new partnership, U+A envisions a promising future, poised to take on a more substantial role in delivering some of the largest projects in the Middle East. The amalgamation of regional success, global recognition, and the strategic alliance with Egis Group positions U+A for continued excellence and growth in the years to come.

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He is a visionary leader, throughout his 18 years at U+A, Martin has been instrumental in shaping the firm’s reputation as a worldclass multi-disciplinary practice with an enviable portfolio. From Red Sea Global KSA and Emaar to North 25, Aldar, and Expo 2020, some of the region’s most prestigious lux.

ury projects have entrusted their design to U+A, guided by Martin’s masterful vision for unique residential and hospitality experiences. 

Martin’s global outlook stems from his deep passion for travel and fascination with cultural diversity. His journey began in 1996, when he left Canada for Hong Kong, where he honed his skills as a design architect with HOK on high-end projects across the Asia Pacific. Following a stint in Japan, he moved to Singapore to work under renowned Australian architect Kerry Hill, further immersing himself in the world of luxury design.

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In 2005, Martin arrived in Dubai, and in 2007, alongside his business partner Pedram Rad, he co-founded U+A. The company has since become one of the region’s most sought-after design firms. Martin and Pedram’s vision for a world-class practice perfectly aligned with the region’s burgeoning demand for luxury and quality. U+A’s growth now encompasses over 200 employees offering a comprehensive range of services, including architecture, interior design, master planning, project management, and, thanks to Martin’s strong advocacy for holistic design, a newly established landscape division.

The past year has seen Martin broaden his horizons by joining the School of Architecture and Interior Design Advisory Board at the Canadian University of Dubai. His expertise and insights provide invaluable guidance in shaping the school’s curriculum. Martin remains a staunch advocate for good design and believes in empowering the people who drive U+A’s success. Talent development has been a core principle since the firm’s inception, and Martin’s 30 years of global experience have instilled in him a unique approach to his craft, characterized by remarkable adaptability and sensitivity. Martin sees a bright future for U+A. The company’s recent growth and continued success are not only testament to his and Pedram’s dedication to quality but also a reflection of the distinct and supportive office culture they have fostered.