Roar by Pallavi Dean went up on stage to accept the trophy for the Concept Design of the Year for the American University of Sharjah Enterprises Headquarters.
The award was presented to the team by Eric Berchtold, director, Middle East and Africa, USM.
Commenting on the firm’s win: Pallavi Dean said: “It’s a project that is very close to my heart as it’s my alma mater and to be given a task to design a cutting-edge space for it that beckons the future, is such an honour, personally speaking.”
The judges felt that the winning project has been designed to encourage creativity and collaboration with a number of smaller meeting areas, as well as the largely open plan of the space. Judges agreed that open plan spaces in a business environment have the tendency to lose their main aim, but this project maintains a balance between scale and segregation of areas.
Judges also praised the highly commended in the category, confidential energy services company headquarters by Perkins+Will for its concept that is replete with technological features and a careful selection of materials and textures.