Santiago Calatrava, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), Foster + Partners and Benoy are all set to open offices in the Dubai Design District (d3), this year.
The news was announced during the press conference of Dubai Design Week, now in its second edition, and open until 29 October 2016.
A release explained that this step from major architecture firms “coincides with a revival in fortunes for the global architecture industry.
The release said: “Major public spending programs in emerging markets such as China and Brazil, combined with an influx of major projects and residential builds, has sparked a sector-wide recovery following the last global economic downturn. Since 2010, the architecture industry has expanded by 2% to 4% each year and is forecasted to reach a peak value of $221.7 billion in 2017.”
The numbers look even better for the MENA region, according to the MENA Design Outlook Study.
“The region’s architecture market is expanding at a faster pace than the global industry. Faced with dwindling revenues from crude oil, countries like Qatar and Saudi Arabia have invested heavily in infrastructure projects as a way to jumpstart economic growth and create jobs. The result is that the MENA architecture industry is forecast to grow at a rate of about 7.4% until 2017*. What’s more, MENA revenues for architecture services have been growing at a quicker rate than the global industry since 2010,” the release said.
Tariq Khayyat, head of region for Zaha Hadid Architects said the firm’s choice to have an established office in Dubai marks its involvement in the region, with 15 “transformational” projects in the pipeline.
“ZHA’s new MENA headquarters at d3 continues our longstanding commitment to the region. As a creative hub for many disciplines, d3 will establish a collective research culture, enabling many different talents and ideas to feed into each other and make the discoveries that will benefit all. Through research and collaboration, we are able to address important issues in a meaningful way that contribute to the development of more ecologically sustainable and inclusive societies.
“Marrying concepts of connectivity and integration with the tremendous advancements in design technologies, material developments and construction practices, ZHA is working with the rich histories and diverse cultures of the region to build its remarkable future.”
Senior executive partner of Foster + Partners, commented: “The emergence of Dubai as a global design destination, is exemplified by the success and popularity of d3. We have been heavily involved in its conception, through our projects for the Creative Community and Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), and our continued presence in d3 reflects our commitment and belief in Dubai as a centre for design and innovation.”
Foster + Partners is also the firm behind the newly established Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation, part of the Creative Community masterplan.
Architecture firms including RMJM, SSH and Viktor Udzenija, Wanders Wagner and Grimshaw Architects are already established at d3.
 Estimated to be the compound annual growth rate (CAGR)