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.
AMA is a boutique design practice specialising in high quality, contemporary design. Bringing forth fresh…read more
Atkin’s relationship with the Middle East spans over five decades. Over the years, the multi-disciplinary…read more
Beyrac Architects was born from ACI (Architecture concept international) Lunched in 2002 in Beausoleil -…read more
Binchy and Binchy Architects is a contemporary design practice specializing in architecture and complex…read more
Founded in 2004, Bishop Design’s creative philosophy is rooted in designing cutting-edge interiors, all the…read more
Established in 2011 by Carla Conte and Mohammed El Hijazi, Brand Creative is an award-winning studio comprised…read more
Carl Gerges Architects adopts a purely human scale manner of work, whereby each project aims to consider and…read more
Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000…read more
Founded on analysis and exploration, the Grimshaw studio relishes the challenges inherent across a wide range…read more
JPA Design is a creative consultancy with an exceptional reputation across the hospitality and luxury…read more
Kristina Zanic Consultants is passionate about design, its clients and commitment to delivering great…read more
Established by Hani Fallaha and Hamad Khoory in 2012, LOCI is a culturally driven design studio that believes…read more
LWK + PARTNERS is a leading design architecture practice rooted in Hong Kong and with a network of 11 offices…read more
MB Consultancy is an architectural and engineering consultancy firm built with a team of talented…read more
Founded by Riyad Joucka in 2018, MEAN Design is an innovative architecture practice that works at the nexus of…read more
MMAC Design Associates is an award wining boutique design agency formed in Dubai at the end of 2013 by…read more
Pace is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy firm based in the Middle East, providing architecture,…read more
Led by Rabih Geha and founded in Beirut in 2006, the practice’s authenticity remains at the forefront with…read more
Since the early 1970s, RMJM has been actively involved in master planning across the Middle East, pioneering a…read more
Launched in 2013 as Pallavi Dean Interiors, the Dubai-based award-winning interior design studio rebranded to…read more
Founded by Patricia Lopez-Yanez, School of lighting “SOL” is an Educational Platform that aims to humanize…read more
Based in Saudi Arabia, Sibyl Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice founded by architects Rahaf…read more
Small enough to be a trusted partner with high levels of local understanding and agility to respond quickly to…read more
One of the region’s most progressive boutique practices, Studio Toggle offer solutions that combine context,…read more
Founded in 2018, Tariq Khayyat Design Partners (TKDP) is a bespoke design practice providing architectural and…read more
As one the leading names in hospitality design in the Middle East, Wilson Associate’s holistic approach to…read more
Founded in 2003 in Dubai by Ahmed Al-Ali and Farid Esmaeil, X-Architects operates a critical design approach…read more
After having worked with many international design studios, Vera Edith Dieckmann established XO-Atelier in…read more