Top 40 most powerful architects in the Middle East 2016

The list is in two parts – the top 10 international figures who have a huge influence on the region and the 40 who have a continued regional presence and continue to demonstrate an inspired commitment to this part of the world.

As well – although the listing cannot help but be in some parts subjective – factors such as numbers of projects, office locations and locally-based staff have also been taken into account.

Those directly responsible for concept, design and build form the list – not company executives.

This is because in architecture it is inspiration, innovation, social awareness, ability to understand and develop sustainability and the desire to do what no-one else has ever achieved whichare at the heart of the very best professionals.

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