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The pandemic has challenged long-established models of societal interaction, placing new demands on our built environment and spotlighting issues that need our attention.

Highlighting the regional design industry’s response to the shifting attitudes towards how we will engage with our surroundings and the evolving concerns of our world, Downtown Design’s multi-media exhibition, ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ will showcase exploratory and future work from Middle East based architects and interior designers as the conceptualise how we will live, work and play in a post-pandemic world.

With projects ranging from a house designed for isolation, a new approach to designing places of worship and malls re-imagined as cultural hubs of the future, to exploring how tech can propel design meaningfully and addressing the scope of culture and locality in providing forward-looking solutions, the selected studios will demonstrate the breadth and expertise of the region’s design talent.

Shortlisted from an open call, below are the studios that will present their work at ‘The Shape of Things to Come’.

Taking place during Dubai Design Week 2020, the exhibition will be held in building 4, Dubai Design District (d3) and will be complemented with digital exclusives on Downtown Design’s Instagram channel.

 

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Images provided by Atkins Middle East (Newsletter) and Brand Creative (Image Above).

 

Participating Studios


AMA
United Arab Emirates

AMA

AMA is a boutique design practice specialising in high quality, contemporary design. Bringing forth fresh…

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Atkins
United Arab Emirates

Atkins

Atkin’s relationship with the Middle East spans over five decades. Over the years, the multi-disciplinary…

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Beyrac Architects
United Arab Emirates

Beyrac Architects

Beyrac Architects was born from ACI (Architecture concept international) Lunched in 2002 in Beausoleil -…

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Binchy And Binchy…
United Arab Emirates

Binchy And Binchy…

Binchy and Binchy Architects is a contemporary design practice specializing in architecture and complex…

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Bishop Design By Paul…
United Arab Emirates

Bishop Design By Paul…

Founded in 2004, Bishop Design’s creative philosophy is rooted in designing cutting-edge interiors, all the…

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Brand Creative
United Arab Emirates

Brand Creative

Established in 2011 by Carla Conte and Mohammed El Hijazi, Brand Creative is an award-winning studio comprised…

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Carl Gerges
Lebanon

Carl Gerges

Carl Gerges Architects adopts a purely human scale manner of work, whereby each project aims to consider and…

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Gensler
United Arab Emirates

Gensler

Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000…

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Grimshaw
United Arab Emirates

Grimshaw

Founded on analysis and exploration, the Grimshaw studio relishes the challenges inherent across a wide range…

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JPA Design
United Arab Emirates

JPA Design

JPA Design is a creative consultancy with an exceptional reputation across the hospitality and luxury…

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Kristina Zanic
United Arab Emirates

Kristina Zanic

Kristina Zanic Consultants is passionate about design, its clients and commitment to delivering great…

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LOCI Architecture and…
United Arab Emirates

LOCI Architecture and…

Established by Hani Fallaha and Hamad Khoory in 2012, LOCI is a culturally driven design studio that believes…

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LWK + Partners
United Arab Emirates

LWK + Partners

LWK + PARTNERS is a leading design architecture practice rooted in Hong Kong and with a network of 11 offices…

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MB Consultancy
United Arab Emirates

MB Consultancy

MB Consultancy is an architectural and engineering consultancy firm built with a team of talented…

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MEAN*
United Arab Emirates

MEAN*

Founded by Riyad Joucka in 2018, MEAN Design is an innovative architecture practice that works at the nexus of…

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MMAC Design Associates
United Arab Emirates

MMAC Design Associates

MMAC Design Associates is an award wining boutique design agency formed in Dubai at the end of 2013 by…

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Pace
Kuwait

Pace

Pace is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy firm based in the Middle East, providing architecture,…

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Rabih Geha Architects
 

Rabih Geha Architects

Led by Rabih Geha and founded in Beirut in 2006, the practice’s authenticity remains at the forefront with…

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RMJM Dubai
United Arab Emirates

RMJM Dubai

Since the early 1970s, RMJM has been actively involved in master planning across the Middle East, pioneering a…

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Roar Design
United Arab Emirates

Roar Design

Launched in 2013 as Pallavi Dean Interiors, the Dubai-based award-winning interior design studio rebranded to…

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School of Lighting
United Arab Emirates

School of Lighting

Founded by Patricia Lopez-Yanez, School of lighting “SOL” is an Educational Platform that aims to humanize…

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Sibyl Design Studio
 

Sibyl Design Studio

Based in Saudi Arabia, Sibyl Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice founded by architects Rahaf…

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SSH
United Arab Emirates

SSH

Small enough to be a trusted partner with high levels of local understanding and agility to respond quickly to…

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Studio Toggle
Kuwait

Studio Toggle

One of the region’s most progressive boutique practices, Studio Toggle offer solutions that combine context,…

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Tariq Khayyat Design…
United Arab Emirates

Tariq Khayyat Design…

Founded in 2018, Tariq Khayyat Design Partners (TKDP) is a bespoke design practice providing architectural and…

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Wilson Associates
United Arab Emirates

Wilson Associates

As one the leading names in hospitality design in the Middle East, Wilson Associate’s holistic approach to…

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X-Architects
United Arab Emirates

X-Architects

Founded in 2003 in Dubai by Ahmed Al-Ali and Farid Esmaeil, X-Architects operates a critical design approach…

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XO-Atelier
United Arab Emirates

XO-Atelier

After having worked with many international design studios, Vera Edith Dieckmann established XO-Atelier in…

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