The Design Middle East Awards are one of the region’s most popular award ceremonies. But what we’ve been through this year has been out of this world; we’ve broken all records and received nominations from new, much further, and long-time admirers. Thank you so much for your love and support.

Presenting the much-awaited shortlist for the Design Middle East Awards 2021 to be held on October 31, 2021, at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai.

COMPANY AWARDS

ARCHITECTURE FIRM OF THE YEAR
AEDAS
U+A
LW
SIE CONSULTANTS
RSP
JT+PARTNERS
DLR GROUP
KILLA DESIGN
DSA ARCHITECTS INTERNATIONAL

INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM OF THE YEAR
DLR GROUP
H2R DESIGN
INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
LW
NIKKI BISIKER INTERIOR DESIGN
OPAAL INTERIORS
SWISS BUREAU INTERIOR DESIGN & BUILD
BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP

FIT-OUT FIRM OF THE YEAR
INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
AL SHAFAR INTERIORS (ASI)
AUJAN INTERIOR DECORATION
DESIGN INFINITY
PINNACLE INTERIORS
BW INTERIORS
DESIGNSMITH
HAVELOCK ONE
KHANSAHEB INTERIORS
GDM INTERIORS
THE FITOUT

BOUTIQUE FIRM OF THE YEAR
VERFORM DESIGN STUDIO
NIKKI BISIKER INTERIOR DESIGN
MMAC DESIGN ASSOCIATES
STUDIO EM
BROADWAY INTERIORS
ROAR
FREELINE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
H2R DESIGN
NIU
DZ DESIGN
DESIGNSMITH
BRAND CREATIVE
SOSA
TWENTYONE06

SPECIALISED MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
BAUPORTE
RAK CERAMICS
DESIGNSMITH
DRAWDECK
DESIGN INFINITY

BEST WORKPLACE OF THE YEAR
DESIGN INFINITY
FREELINE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
H2R DESIGN
KILLA DESIGN
ORANGE DESIGN STUDIO
UDESIGN ARCHITECT STUDIO
AYANA HOLDING

BEST LIGHTING COMPANY OF THE YEAR
NEOALPHA GLOBAL
LIGHT LINK
LIGHT TOUCH PLD
NULTY+
STUDIO N

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
PAUL BISHOP, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
NIKKI BISKIER, NIKKI BISIKER INTERIOR DESIGN
EMMA STINSON, STUDIO EM
ZOE VICTORIA ALLEN, SWISS BUREAU INTERIOR DESIGN & BUILD
CHRIS BARNES, BROADWAY INTERIORS
PALLAVI DEAN, ROAR
MAGDALENA STRAG, SIE CONSULTANTS
HUSAIN ROOMI, H2R DESIGN
ELENA GREGORTUTTI, NIU
DINA MURALI, DZ DESIGN
ZOE BURNETT, RSP
VAIDA BUCHROTAITE, DLR GROUP
MARTA SOWINSKA, SOSA
GOVIND SHEPLEY, TWENTYONE06

ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR
JASON BURNSIDE, GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
SOEUN LEE-AECOM
YAHYA KADDOURA, ATKINS
MIHIR SANGANEE, DESIGNSMITH
FARAH MUDHEFER, EDGE ARCHITECTS
ANKITA RAO, FREELINE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
STEPHEN MCILVENNA, LW
ROBERT GITGANO, OP3 GLOBAL & R2C2
MICHAEL MAGILL, RSP
SANDRA WOODALL, TANGRUMGULF
TIAGO SAMPAIO, U+A
LUCA VIGLIERO, KEO INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS
ISLAM EL MASHTOOLY, OBMI

YOUNG TALENT OF THE YEAR
KHADIJE HAMAD, AEDAS
ALAN GEORGE, ORANGE DESIGN STUDIO
BASEL TACHWALI, DUPOD INDUSTRIES-AMANA GROUP
SENGUL HASSAN, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
NAJI RABEE SAFI, DLR GROUP
NAHEL AL DARWISH, EDGE ARCHITECTS
PIYUSH PRAJAPATI, GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
NIKHIL CHANDRAN, H2R DESIGN
HANANEH MISAGHI, VERFORM DESIGN STUDIO
SALIH IQBAL NASER, KEO INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS
MARYAM HOSNY, KILLA DESIGN
JACQUELINE TAN CO, LW
NIKITA CHELLANI, ROAR
SANA FATIMA RAZVI, FREELINE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
TALA TADROS, MMAC DESIGN ASSOCIATES
NADINE KASSAB, WOODS BAGOT
TANIA SANDHU, XBD COLLECTIVE
SHEREEN ELMARGOUSHY, OBMI
NADEEN EL MARGOUSHY, OBMI
ZAHRA CHOWDHRY, TWENTYONE06

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RASEM BADRAN, DAR AL OMRAN PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING
JAMAL SALEM, DLR GROUP
PIA LAKSHMI SEN, LW
SANDRA WOODALL, TANGRUMGULF
STEVEN VELEGRINIS, AECOM

PROJECT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
STEPHANIE KINNICK, DLR GROUP
FAHAD MOHAMED, KEO INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANTS
CHRISTINA MOLBOG, H2R DESIGN
NATASHA ABBAS, NORTH 51 CONSULTING
JELENIE SERRANO, STYLED HABITAT
DEVAGANGA HM, OBMI

CEO OF THE YEAR
ZAIN BELGAMI, DZ DESIGN
HAMDI MAHMOUD, TANGRAM ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS
HASAN ROOMI, H2R DESIGN
JOE TABET, JT+PARTNERS
JESPER GODSK, LW
JOAKIM DE RHAM, SWISS BUREAU INTERIOR DESIGN & BUILD
JOSEPH CHARLES, PINNACLE INTERIORS
ANKITA RAO, FREELINE ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
TAREQ EL ZAYAT, OBMI
HAMID KERAYECHIAN, AYANA HOLDING

PROJECT AWARDS

RETAIL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
DROPLETS BY CABOODLE, LXA
CIEL SPA, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
IZIL, BRAND CREATIVE
LA MARQUIS, DESIGNSMITH
SPORT SOCIETY MALL, DLR GROUP
SALIBA, GDM INTERIORS
MADE BY TWO, H2R DESIGN
FIAFIA PLAY AREA & CAFÉ, INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
CANAL WALK, JT+PARTNERS
AVENUE GATE, RMJM
SENSASIA STORIES, ROAR
THE FIFTH, SOSA
L’COUTURE, STUDIO EM
ELATED BEAUTY BAR, UNIT THIRTY6
CLOSET CASE, L.S.DESIGN
SHAKHBOUT CITY COMMUNITY MARKET, JT+PARTNERS

COMMERCIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
AJMAN BANK, INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
ONE QUBE, OPAAL INTERIORS
AL WASL EXPERIENCE, U+A
EARLY CHILDHOOD AUTHORITY, ROAR
GOOGLE HQ, ALLEN ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS DESIGN (AAID)
SARA HQ, SWISS BUREAU INTERIOR DESIGN & BUILD
T3 LOUNGE, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
DESIGN MATTER HQ, DESIGN MATTER
PRIVATE ACCOUNTING OFFICE, DESIGN SMITH
THE PRIVATE OFFICE, PINNACLE INTERIORS
MIRAL HQ, GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
UNTWO REGIONAL OFFICE, DAR AL OMRAN PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING
BW INTERIORS OFFICE, L.S.DESIGN
OP3 GLOBAL HEADQUARTERS, OP3 GlOBAL & R2C2

RESIDENTIAL PROJECT OF THE YEAR
RESIDENCE A, IDEA ART INTERIORS ARCHITECT (IAIA)
SLS DUBAI HOTEL & RESIDENCES, AEDAS
1/ JBR, EDGE ARCHITECTS
MARINA GATE RESIDENTIAL DESIGN, DESIGN MATTER
NATURAL LIGHT VILLA, ELE INTERIOR DESIGN
SAIL TOWER, MZ ARCHITECTS
CANTILEVER VILLA, XBD ARCHITECTURE
HEART OF THE PEARL, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP

DESIGN EDUCATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR
ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL, GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
AL MIZHER SECONDARY SCHOOL, M.E ENGINEERING CONSULTANTS
ZAYED UNIVERSITY INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTRE, DESIGN INFINITY

LANDSCAPE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
DESEO, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
TERRA EXPO 2020, DESERT INK
LANTANA, DESIGN MATTER
CORNER OF NATURE PROJECT, PANAMERA LANDSCAPING
ELEFTHERIA SQUARE, ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS
DUBAI EXPO 2020 PUBLIC REALM, AECOM

LIGHTING PROJECT OF THE YEAR
SLS DUBAI HOTEL & RESIDENCES, LIGHT.FUNC
SPIRAL CHANDELIER AT BURJ AL ARAB, SANS SOUCI LIGHTING
SENSASIA STORIES, STUDIO N
MOSQUE OF LIGHT, STUDIO N
ADDRESS MARASI GOLF RESORT, NULTY+
AIN DUBAI PLAZA BLUEWATERS, NEOALPHA GLOBAL

SUSTAINABLE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
CITYMAX HOTEL, DZ DESIGN
TERRA-THE SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION, GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS
VIDA BEACH RESORT, H2R DESIGN
EARLY CHILDHOOD AUTHORITY, ROAR
PWC MIDDLE EAST HQ, SAY STUDIO
NATURE IN MOTION, SHARABASSY BUILT ENVIRONMENT STUDIO
DESEO, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP

HOSPITALITY PROJECT DESIGN (HOTELS)
RADISSION RED DUBAI SILICON OASIS, DILEONARDO
HILTON GARDEN INN, RIYADH, GODWIN AUSTEN JOHNSON
THE ADDRESS BEACH RESORT, KILLA DESIGN
ROVE LA MER, MMAC DESIGN ASSOCIATES
CITYMAX HOTEL, DZ DESIGN
ELEMENT AL JADDAF HOTEL BY WESTIN, M.E ENGINERRING CONSULTANTS
VIDA BEACH RESORT, H2R DESIGN
MANGO HOUSE SEYCHELLES, JT+PARTNERS
MILLENNIUM HOTEL, U+A
PALM TOWER, RSP
ACCOR HOUSE OF ORIGINALS, ROAR
SLS DUBAI HOTEL & RESIDENCES, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
PREMIER INN HOTEL, JT+PARTNERS

HEALTHCARE PROJECT OF THE YEAR
VALIANT CLINIC, AMG DESIGN CONSULTANTS
PRIME MEDICAL CENTER-REEF MALL, PINNACLE INTERIORS
ORIS DENTAL CENTER, VERFORM DESIGN STUDIO

INTERIOR FIT-OUT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
EMPIRE CINEMAS, AL KHOBAR, HAVELOCK ONE
HERIOT-WATT, KHANSAHEB INTERIORS
GOOGLE HQ, AL TAYER STOCKS
THE ARTS CLUB DUBAI, BW INTERIORS
INGENIUS LAB-INJAYAT, DESIGN INFINITY
NOOR ENERGY, INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
ADNOC @F1 PADDOCK 2020, OP3 GLOBAL
THE COFFEE LAB, PINNACLE INTERIORS
ROVE AT EXPO 2020, RSP
SHARJAH RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION PARK, DESIGN INFINITY

REFURBISHMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
VALIANT CLINIC, AMG DESIGN CONSULTANTS
OMAN INSURANCE HQ, DESIGN INFINITY
FITNGLAM LADIES GYM FAÇADE, ORANGE DESIGN STUDIO
KOYO, BROADWAY INTERIORS
RAMSHI VILLA, AK DESIGNO
CITYMAX HOTEL, DZ DESIGN
CAPITAL CLUB-DIFC, PINNACLE INTERIORS
DGDA HQ, HAVELOCK ONE
ARIANT RESIDENCE, XBD ARCHITECTURE
LAGOON TOWER, SOSA

MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YEAR
YAS CREATIVE HUB-MZ ARCHITECTS
SHARJAH RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION PARK, ROAR
DUBAI HARBOUR, AECOM

MASTER PLAN OF THE YEAR
IWD ISLAMIC WORLD DISTRICT, DLR GROUP
ALKHAWANEEJ 2, SIE CONSULTANTS

DESIGN & BUILD PROJECT OF THE YEAR
KHORFAKKAN AMPHITHEATRE, DAR AL OMRAN PLANNING, ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING
NOURISH, DESIGNSMITH
AUSTRALIA PAVILION, AL SHAFAR INTERIORS (ASI)
VIDA BEACH RESORT, H2R DESIGN
AJMAN BANK, INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
FIAFIA PLAY AREA & CAFÉ, INNER SPACE INTERIOR DESIGN
THE PRIVATE OFFICE, PINNACLE INTERIORS
NATURE IN MOTION, SHARABASSY BUILT ENVIRONMENT STUDIO

BEST FUTURE PROJECT
QANAQAT HQ, VERFORM DESIGN STUDIO
WELLNESS, METAPHOR-X
BELLE VIE, SIE CONSULTANTS
THE STORE OF THE FUTURE, AMG DESIGN CONSULTANTS
160 BEACH, ORANGE DESIGN STUDIO
DURRES WATERFRONT, U+A
THAKHER GARDENS, RMJM
BURJ CROWN, H2R DESIGN
K HOUSE, NIU
PULLMAN BUSINESS BAY, DZ DESIGN
MASDAR-THE LINK, EDGE ARCHITECTS
AIRPORT CITY, JEDDAH, CHAPMAN TAYLOR
CROWN PRIVATE SCHOOL, DESIGN MATTER
JUBAIL RESIDENCES, DLR GROUP
KHALEEJ TIMES, DESIGNSMITH
FEN SPA & WELLNESS CLUB, SOSA
AL MAMSHA, SOSA
AERA VERTICAL RESORT, OBMI
MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT FOR OMAN AVIATION, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL BISHOP
THE STORE OF THE FUTURE, AMG DESIGN CONSULTANTS
GAREN VILLA, UDESIGN ARCHITECT STUDIO

INNOVATION IN DESIGN
AQUA AT CITYMAX, DZ DESIGN
VIDA BEACH RESORT, H2R DESIGN
HH PAVILION, ORANGE DESIGN STUDIO
REX BAR DUBAI, PERONI NASTRO AZZURO

HOSPITALITY PROJECT DESIGN (RESTAURANTS, BARS, & CLUBS)
REX BAR DUBAI, PERONI NASTRO AZZURO
BO18.DXB, RABIH GEHA ARCHITECTS
HUDAYRIAT CAMPSITE, OPAAL INTERIORS
71 0Z STEAKHOUSE, AUJAN INTERIOR DECORATION
KOYO, BROADWAY INTERIORS
LOCK STOCK & BARREL, BROADWAY INTERIORS
BEACH BAR & WAVE POOL AT RADISSON BLU, M+N ARCHITECTURE
ROVE AT THE PARK, H2R DESIGN
THE ARTS CLUB DUBAI, ALLEN ARCHITECTURE INTERIORS DESIGN (AAID)
ITCH, UNITY THIRTY6
MASSIMO’S GELATO & CAFFÉ, AMG DESIGN CONSULTANTS
PRIVILEGE, BISHOP DEISGN BY PAUL BISHOP
CARNA STEAKHOUSE, BISHOP DESIGN BY PAUL SHOP
NOURISH, DESIGNSMITH
CAPITAL CLUB, DIFC, PINNACLE INTERIORS
FEN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT, SOSA
LE CASA DEL TANGO, IDEA ART INTERIORS ARCHITECT (IAIA)
FRIENDS AVENUE AL THANYA MALL, LXA
JONES SOCIAL, LXA
TOKYO RESTAURANT, TWENTYONE06