Under his leadership, the Interior Design Department at the American University in Dubai, received institutional membership with the Interior Design Educational Council and is currently a strong candidate for the C.I.D.A. accreditation. Before joining AUD as chair and associate professor, Dr Albert Fakhoury was teaching architecture and interior design courses at internationally recognised universities. Last year, he was acknowledged by the Asian Leadership Awards for his achievements, receiving the Best Professor in Interior Design award. As a senior design manager and design director at two renowned design firms based in the UAE, Fakhoury has been in charge of many landmark projects in the Middle East and Europe, ranging from hospitality to commercial and the residential sector.