The 4th edition of the Design Middle East Awards 20201 celebrated the region’s design industry’s creative best and brightest. The awards recognised the best designers, architects, projects, and design-focused businesses. Individual greatness, organisational strengths, and project accomplishment were all recognised during the award ceremony, which included a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Sofitel Dubai The Palm on October 31, 2021.

Here’s the list of the winners and highly commended of Design Middle East Award 2021:

Architecture Firm of the Year
Winner: Killa Design

Interior Design Firm of the Year
Winner: Opaal Interiors

Fit-Out Firm of the Year
Winner: Khansaheb Interiors
Highly Commended: Al Shafar Interiors

Boutique Firm of the Year
Winner: Roar
Highly Commended: Designsmith

Specialised Manufacturer of the Year
Winner: RAK Ceramics

Best Lighting Company of the Year
Winner: Light Link

Best Workplace of the Year
Winner: Ayana Holding

Design Education Project of the Year
Winner: Zayed University & Entrepreneurship Centre, Design Infinity
Highly Commended: Al Mizher Secondary School, Mimar Group

Sustainable Project of the Year
Winner: Vida Beach Resort, H2R Design

Retail Project of the Year
Winner: IZIL, Brand Creative
Highly Commended: Made by Two, H2R Design

Commercial Project of the Year
Winner: Miral HQ, Godwin Austen Johnson
Highly Commended: Ajman Bank, Inner Space Interior Design

Residential Project of the Year
Winner: SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences, Aedas

Hospitality Project Design (Restaurants/bars/clubs)
Winner: Carna Steakhouse, Bishop Design by Paul Bishop
Highly Commended: The Arts C
lub Dubai, Allen Architecture Interiors Design

Hospitality Project Design (Hotels)
Winners: Premier Inn Hotel, JT+Partners
Highly Commended: Rove La Mer, MMAC Design Associates

Landscape Project of the Year
Winner: Dubai Expo 2020 Public Realm, Aecom

Healthcare Project of the Year
Winner: Valiant Clinic, AMG Design Consultants

Lighting Project of the Year
Winner: Ain Dubai Plaza Bluewaters, Neoalpha Global

Interior Fit-Out Project of the Year
Winner: Google HQ, Al Tayer Stocks
Highly Commended: Heriot-Watt, Khansaheb Interiors

Refurbishment Project of the Year
Winner: DGDA HQ, Havelock One Interiors
Highly Commended: Capital Club-DIFC, Pinnacle Interiors

Design & Build project of the Year
Winner: Australia Pavilion, Al Shafar Interiors

Master Plan of the Year
Winner: IWD
Islamic World District by Dar Al Omran Engineering & DLR Group

Mixed-Use Development of the Year
Winner: YAS Creative Hub, MZ Architects

Best Future Project
Winner: Thakher Gardens, RMJM
Highly Commended: Qanawat HQ, Verform Design Studio

Innovation in Design
Winner: R
ex Bar Dubai Peroni Nastro Azzuro, Intercontinental Dubai Marina
Highly Commended: HH Pavilion, Orange Design Group

Interior Designer of the Year
Winner: Paul Bishop from Bishop Design by Paul Bishop
Highly Commended: Zoe Victoria Allen, Swiss Bureau Interior Design & Build

Architect of the Year
Winner: Michael Magill, RSP
Highly Commended: Islam El Mashtooly, OBMI

Young Talent of the Year
Winner: Khadije Hamad, Aedas
Highly Commended: Maryam Hosny, Killa Design

CEO of the Year
Winner: Hamid Kerayechian, Ayana Holding

Project Manager of the Year
Winner: Fahad Mohamed, KEO International Consultants
Highly Commended: Natasha Abbas, North 51 Consulting

Design Principal of the Year
Winner: Abdelkader Saadi, JT+Partners

Visionary Leader of the Year
Winner: Joe Tabet, JT+Partners

Consultant of the Year
Winner: VX Studio

Design Incubator of the Year
Winner: In5

Lifetime Achievement Award
Winner: Pia Lakshmi Sen, LW