The agenda for the fourth edition of DesignMENA Summit has been finalised, featuring speakers from across the design and architecture industry in the UAE.
We had previously announced that British design entrepreneur Benjamin Hubert is set to give a keynote speech at the event, which is taking place on 6 December.
The conference will be led by RIBA-qualified architect Nigel Eckersall, who is director of design and development at VE Experts.
Our first panel discussion will address the flourishing Middle East cultural scene, where speakers will offer a discourse on creating a cultural identity through design and architecture that will leave a mark on the global map. The panelists will also discuss how designers and architects in the Middle East innovate while ensuring regional content remains relevant.
Speakers will include Shaun Killa from Killa Design, the architect behind the Dubai Museum of the Future; Ahmed Khadier of PRAGMA architects and partners; and Phillip Jones of B+H Architects, the architects behind the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar. The panel will also be joined by Kevin McLachlan of GAJ and David Daniels of SSH.
The second panel discussion will touch upon creating integrated neighbourhoods, with many developers currently re-examining the way that they design residential and commercial developments, focusing on key factors such as lifestyle and flexibility – through sustainable design. But how will they connect and integrate these neighbourhoods to the next? How can communities become connected? These are some of the questions which will be discussed.
Some of the speakers include Jason Chia, senior landscape architect at Perkins + Will and Jonathan Ashmore of Anarchitect.
Midscale and budget hospitality will also be a topic of discussion at the event, featuring five panels which include Justin Wells of Studio HBA, Maliha Nishat design director at dwp, Christian Merieau, director at MMAC Design Associates, Joe Tabet of J+T Partners as well as Veena Kanchan of VS Design Studio, who led the design for Rove Hotel in Dubai.
A case study on the Dubai Opera is also included in this year’s agenda, led by Atkins design director Janus Rostock, who will provide a deeper insight into the project and its challenges and well as some of its innovations.
The event will end with a keynote speech from Benjamin Hubert, who will be flying to Dubai for the occasion.