What a year it has been for Rabi Geha. The Lebanese-Croatian founder and principal of Beirut-based Rabi Geha Architects was named Interior Designer of the Year at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2019. Geha, who has worked in the Middle East for 14 years, also won trophies for BAU, a rooftop bar overlooking Beirut's waterfront, and the Images d'Orient showroom in the retail category.
While the company cut three jobs this year after deciding to sub-contract roles to better manager its projects, Geha has led the studio into Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa. He has also diversified the portfolio by working across commercial, hospitality, residential and retail projects. And while Lebanon faces significant challenges that have dented its economy, Geha is planning to invest in larger offices as the firm expands across the Middle East and into Africa. A product design line is also in the works, which will compliment ongoing projects like the large-scale architectural renovation, expansion and interior redesign of a traditional Lebanese palace.