Past events

Site visit to Addiriyah Development project 

Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) is working on the restoration of this historical landmark site. The following international architects will provide a tour and share with us this magnificent architectural restoration project:
 Michael Dunn from Tropman & Tropman Architects, Sydney based Architectural firm.
 Dan Henderer from ASG (Ayers-Saint-Gross) an U.S. based architectural firm.
 Sean O'Sullivan from ADA
 Thomas Ciolek from ADA

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014 at 2pm

Space is limited and rsvp will be accepted on first come first served basis. 

For further information email: Chia-Teh.Bien@CH2M.com

Past Events

Archconnect: Dubai

RIBA Gulf announces a series of monthly social evening for members and their guests to meet and connect in their region of the Gulf

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014

Venue: Conrad Hotel, Dubai


Archconnect: Riyadh

Date: Wednesday 19 February 2014

Venue: Al-Khozama hotel, Riyadh

CPD - 'Architectural Liability - Pitfalls for the unwary'

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Introduction by Simon Fraser, Hopkins Architects

Speaker: Mark Fraser of Taylor Wessing

Venue: Dubai Boardroom Capital Club

Followed by drinks and networking: Diyafa Venue, 4th floor Capital Club, DIFC Gate Village Building 3

Places are limited and by ticket only.

RSVP. dana@hopkins.ae


President's Medals Students Awards

Presentation: Tuesday May 14, 2013, 5.00pm CAAD Lecture Hall, Sharjah

Presentation and Closing Ceremony of the RIBA President's Medals travelling exhibition with invited Guest:

David Gloster, Director of Education, RIBA

Presidents Medals3


Sharjah Art Foundation Exhibition Spaces: Collaborative Architecture from Concept to Project Execution

Panel discussion: Monday May 6, 2013

Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF), Mona El Mousfy and Godwin Austen Johnson, as part of the Sharjah Biennale

Venue: SAF Spaces J Building, Sharjah Al Mureijah



LECTURE - Sharjah: A History of its Architecture and Urban Development 

Monday, April 22, 2013, 5:00 pm @ CAAD Lecture Hall, Sharjah

Speaker: Peter Jackson

An illustrated presentation on the development of Sharjah from a fishing and pearling village to a trading port, to a contemporary planned city, with a description of its historic architecture and its characteristics.  

 Sharjah Lecture

Lecture in association with Architecture Heritage Society of UAE

How Windtowers Work: A Study of their effectiveness in Dubai's Bastakiya

Speaker: Peter Jackson

Wednesday 27 February, 2013 @ 7.15pm

Wednesday 27 February, 2013 @ 7.15pm

Venue: The Total Art Courtyard Al Quoz 

More information here

Muscat Art Festival 2013

 The Majestic Muscat projects and architects Part 1

17 February 2013 at 7.30pm

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Auditorium

Seminar on 'The Majestic Muscat projects and architects' with Jensen & Skodvin -

Engineer & Architect working as one

Jacqueline Osty (landscape architect)



The Majestic Muscat projects and architects Part 2

18 February 2013 at 12.30pm and 7.30pm

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Auditorium

Seminar on 'The Majestic Muscat projects and architects' with Snohetta, Gehl and Lundgaard & Tranberg



Snohetta (fishmarket), Gehl (public realm)


Lecture: 'Freethinking and Scale' by Fletcher Priest at Abu Dhabi University

RSVP: dbentley.architect@gmail.com 





 2 - 4 October 2012

Shoots of recovery: Working our way out of the crisis

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre


Speakers include:

Inaugural Keynote Speech
Peter Drummond, Chief Executive, BDP, UK

World Architecture Congress Chairman's welcome remarks
Peter Di Sabatino, Dean and Professor, College of Architecture, Art and Design, The American University of Sharjah, UAE

RIBA President Angela Brady - An Integrated Design Strategy for History, Culture and Identity


For further information go to Cityscape Global 


CPD - Design process and sustainable theories applied to the Middle East context

Date: 2 November 2011



Time: 7.30 - 9.30pm

Venue: The Pavilion, Dubai

Introduction & Emirates GBC Environmental statement 
- Mr Saeed Alabbar, Vice Chairman Emirates GBC

  • Presentation 1 - The importance of redesigning process in order to leverage technology and
    achieve the full potential of integrated sustainable design - Ivar Krasinski AIA Design Director STR-EDGE
  • Presentation 2 - Engineering Design Process - Jeff Willis Associate Director, Arup
  • Presentation 3 - Urban environmental strategies - Janus Rostock, Associate Director, Atkins


RSVP: fiona.muir@atkinsglobal.com

Panel discussion and Symposium mediated by Simon Fraser, Design Director Hopkins

Attendance charge - AED30 for professionals and free for students.

Refreshments can be purchased.


World Architecture Congress 27 - 29 September 2011 - Dubai 

The World Architecture Congress will discuss the practical applications and economic benefits of sustainable architecture.

RIBA members will be entitled to a 15% discount off the standard rate of US$500.

For more information or to register call +971 4 407 2528, quoting RIBA. Alternatively, email: register@cityscape.ae.



Recent Developments in the Law on the Duties of Architects, Engineers and Project Managers 23 June 2011 - Abu Dhabi

Open Lecture

Speaker: John Barber
Director of the Centre of Construction Law, King's College London
Date: Thursday 23 June 2011
Time: 5 - 6pm

Venue: BUiD Auditorium, 1st Floor, Block 11, Dubai International Academic City

For further enquiries contact samar.alkhatib@buid.ac.ae 

Designing the Stadium for the 2012 Low Carbon London Olympics

Speaker: John Barrow

Senior Principal, Populous

Date: Monday 23 May 2011 - Abu Dhabi University


Contractual liability and potential pitfalls for architects - 14 May, American University of Sharjah

A CPD seminar covering appointments and obligations under construction contracts, issuing instructions, variations, final accounts.


  • Mike Reed, Director Construction and Risk, Aecom - Balancing risk and reward
  • Simon Crispe, Regional Commercial Director, Atkins - Wild, Wild West
  • Dr Jay Palmos, Managing Consultant, Hill International

Lecture series 

The Future of Gulf Cities Design: the cases of Kuwait and Masdar Cities 31 March

Speakers: Alia Javed (Atkins) - Introduction of the RIBA Gulf Chapter, and the aims of Conscientious Design

Samer Al-Bustan (Kuwait Metro) - The Future of Public Transport: Kuwait Metro

Chia Teh-Bien (CH2MHill) - The Design of Masdar City

Sponsored by Fermacell



Majestic Muscat

Monday 14 February 2011
Grand Hayatt Muscat, 7.30pm

Delivered by Bill Tsakalos & Christopher
Procter of Project Architecture 







GulfArchitecture and Identity: Dubai's authentic and contrived urbanism - 16 December 2010


  • Presentation by Sumaya Dabbagh, Dabbagh Architects
  • Panel Discussion Moderated by, Simon Crispe, RIBA Gulf Chairman and
    Regional Commercial Director,
    WS Atkins & Partners Overseas
  • Panelists include:
    • Dr Omar Khattab, Associate
      Professor, dept of Architecture,
      Kuwait University
    • Daniel Najjar, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager MEA of HOK
    • Shaun Killa, Architecture Director, Atkins
    • Brian Johnson, MD of Godwin
      Austen Johnson
    • Ahmed Ibrahim, Executive chairman
      of X-Architects and AUS alumnus
    • Ivar Krasinski, Design Director and Principal of Burt Hill
    • Michael Hughes, Head of Dept of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah.

During the 21st century, urban development and architecture in many developing cities within the GCC have been driven by market forces of supply and demand rather than considered and planned design.

Architecture's forgotten role as a vehicle in shaping the identity of our developing cities,
as well as inhabitants' sense of identity and belonging, will be the topic of discussion
and debate at this RIBA Gulf Chapter event hosted at the American University of

Sustainable Design in Middle East
Go to www.carboun.com for information and news on sustainable design and sustainable development in the Middle East as well as resources on the region's energy and environment. The website also includes a calendar of local events and conferences relating to sustainability in the Middle East.

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