We are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 CID Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, September 19 at the Joharah Ballroom in the Madinat Jumeirah. This year, we have received 420 submissions across 18 categories from 114 companies throughout the region. Over the course of the week, we will be releasing the names of the finalists in all the categories.
Young Interior Design of the Year
Adriana Graur, interior designer, Perkins+Will
Adriana Graur joined Perkins+Will in 2015 after getting a first class Bachelor of Arts with honours in interior design from Birmingham City University. She has found her niche in the firm’s corporate interiors division. Some of the high profile projects, which she has worked on, include Dewa, Adidas and Google. She has represented Perkins+Will in several design competitions, including the annual Surge for Water gala, a design-led initiative that provides access to clean water in third world countries. Graur’s entry was awarded Master Craftsmen for the execution and detailing of a finely considered piece.
Amber Peters, senior interior designer, Bluehaus Group
Amber Peters earned a Bachelor Degree in Science and Interior Architecture from The University of Pretoria, South Africa. At Bluehaus since 2017, Peters’ area of focus is corporate workplace projects. She has worked on projects such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Abu Dhabi Daimler Training Centre, DIFC common area refurbishment, BASF Office, Dubai, Al Hilal Bank HQ, Dubai, The Founders Office, Abu Dhabi, Accor HQ, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Government Services Centre, to name the few. She also oversees the team of interior designers and Revit specialists.
Yasmin Farahmandy, interior designer, Gensler
Yasmin Farahmandy, 27, grew up in Dubai, Canada and Milan. She studied furniture design at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, US, followed by a master’s degree in interior and living design at the Domus Academy in Milan. In addition to designing for workplaces, retail and hospitality, Farahmandy has also launched her own furniture collection under the label, Y-Design.
Natasha Ahmed, senior interior designer, Lulie Fisher Design Studio
After giving up dentistry to study interior design at the American University in Dubai, Dubai-born Natasha Ahmed worked at firms such as Stickman Tribe and Aedas before joining Lulie Fisher Design Studio in 2017. During this time, Ahmed worked on such high profile projects as Kempinski, Accor, Jumeirah and Radisson Blu. Currently, she is working with the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority on multiple projects, a flagship Novotel Resort on the Palm Jumeirah, a Zabeel House Hotel for Jumeirah, the new Vida Hotel, luxury residential developments in Zanzibar and on the Palm Jumeirah, as well as the new Studio Republik – a brand extension of fitness chain, Fit Republik.
Omar Nakkash, interior designer, Nakkash Design Studio
Having completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Design & Management from Parsons The New School for Design in New York and master’s degree in interior design from Milan’s Scuola Politecnica de Design, Omar Nakkash joined his family business Nakkash Gallery, a furniture retail and interior styling outlet. In 2016, he established the NAKKASH Design Studio to focus on providing an all-encompassing interior architecture, design and fit-out service to a range of different clients including F&B concepts, retail outlets and private residences. In the past 12 months, Nakkash has worked on Parlour restaurant, Nourish café and Mochi boutique, as well as designed furniture collections.
Rasha Al-Tekreeti, interior designer, MMAC Design
Rasha Al-Tekreeti has been working at MMAC Design for the past three years as an interior designer where she has collaborated with major hotel operators such as Marriott, Accor and Rotana. She has spearheaded the project team of 3D visualisers and CAD on a recent 4-star hotel project.
Reem Moussalli, interior architect and founder, Dress The Space F.Z.E.
Reem Moussalli, 26, graduated in 2013 with a Magna Cum Laude in interior architecture from The American University in Dubai (AUD). She has worked with NORR Consultants and Bishop Design in the past, before launching her own firm – Dress the Space Interior Design in 2016. Since then, she has worked on a number of F&B and residential projects in the UAE.
Alaa Mohamed, interior designer, Pallavi Dean Interiors
After graduating with honours from the American University of Sharjah in June 2016 with a Bachelor in Interior Design, Alaa Mohamed has been working with Pallavi Dean Interiors. In a short span of time, Mohamed has worked on such projects as Conrad office, Edelman Abu Dhabi, Total office Dubai, in addition to several F&B and residential projects.