Tarik Al Zaharna
After graduating from the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture, Tarik Al Zaharna has worked with top firms such as Urban A&O in New York and Bolles+Wilson in Münster, Germany. Running a boutique practice, which he started in 2015 with nine people, hasn’t stopped the Palestinian-origin, Luxembourg-raised Zaharna from being commissioned for big scale projects. His residential project with property developer, Koa, is believed to be an avant-garde initiative.
His practice is also the first to use thermally-modified tulipwood as an external cladding on a large scale in the region. One of the most important tenets of his studio is to respond to the programme, culture and context in each of his projects. Among his upcoming projects include Sky 1 and Sky 2 in one of the oldest districts of Dubai, which aim to redefine urban developments while preserving heritage.