Gulf Chapter Committee 2013-2014
Simon Crispe (Chair)
Peter Jackson (Treasurer)
Nadia Maqbool Al-Lawatiya
Graduated (1981) from Auckland University School of Architecture in New Zealand; completed RIBA Part 3 at the University of South Bank, London, UK in 1986. Chartered in 1987.
Joined UK architects Lister Drew (1984). Via acquisition joined WS Atkins in 1991. Project architect for new schools, business parks, corporate HQ’s and mixed use.
Moved to Dubai (1993) as Atkins’ Design Team Leader for Jumeirah Beach Resort, Wild Wadi and Burj Al Arab.
Appointed Project Director for the BA’s Cargocentre at London Heathrow (1995). Returned to Dubai (1997) as Designer Director to complete Jumeirah Resort Projects.
Currently Atkins’ Regional Commercial Director and actively involved in RIBA’s Gulf Chapter. Passionate about architects communicating and behaving collectively for the benefit of the communities we serve.
Bartlett trained, with early experience in Dubai. Zambia (1976-80) served as Vice-President of Zambia Institute of Architects. Settled in Zimbabwe, 1980, forming AJ Partnership, later Architects Partnership. Established an annual professional practice course (Part III equiv), as a member of Zimbabwe Architects Council (ARB equivalent), its Chairman for 6 years, including over-seeing re-writing of new Architects Act and Regulations & running architectural competitions. Returned to the Gulf in 2002, and currently Architect Advisor to HH Ruler’s Office, Sharjah, which gives me a client’s view of our profession. Author of books/articles on architectural history including “Windtower” Stacey, 2007.
Principle concerns are the relevance of RIBA to architects abroad, professional education, design as problem-solving, and the promotion of excellence in design.
After arriving in Dubai in March 2009 to work with British practice Godwin Austen Johnson, the profession in Dubai particularly had changed after the financial crisis and Architects had to adapt quickly in order to survive. Post-crash, Dubai is now less dependent on global satellite offices and the focus has shifted towards architecture and design from practices with a permanent base within the region.
Since my arrival in Dubai in 2009, I have both privately and professionally participated and initiated talks, events and social groups to promote the awareness of a new emerging Architecture that has developed since the crash.
As Committee member, I will continue to actively and passionately support and promote emerging and locally based professionals to create a sustainable network to deliver a higher quality of appropriate and compassionate scale architecture in the Gulf.
I have recently returned to teaching Architecture after 25 years of practising architecture in the UK, the US, Japan and Bahrain. I have been actively involved with the RIBA and establishing its international chapters, helping establish both RIBA New England in 2004 and RIBA Gulf in 2008-9. From 2005-2008 I was one of the international members on the RIBA Council in London.
Last year on moving to Abu Dhabi I was co-opted back onto the RIBA Gulf Committee and have subsequently organised events for local members (and have some more in the pipeline). I believe that with the combination of my experience with the RIBA and my passion for promoting a network for professionals and students I have the skills to continue to create a vibrant centre for the RIBA in Abu Dhabi, as well as contribute to the workings of the RIBA Gulf Committee.
Chia Teh Bien
CT Bien is the Senior Principal Architect/Program Manager for CH2M HILL International. He has more than 30 years of experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams in charge of international master-planning projects, sustainable cities and high performance building design projects. CT has been served as Principal in Charge of several major international projects for CH2M HILL International including: 2012 London Olympic Programme, MASDAR City in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort program in Al Ain, King Abdullah City for Atomic & Renewable Energy in Riyadh, and Riyadh Metro Program, Riyadh, KSA.
CT has been working in the Middle East for the last 4 years, and as the RIBA Co opted Member and Country Representative for Riyadh, KSA. He is committed to continue support RIBA activities in KSA with great interest promote sustainable architectural design, as well as working with students and emerging professionals on advancing their careers.
The current architectural landscape of this region is a result of many years of accelerated growth lead purely by economics with little influence from a professional regulating body equivalent to the RIBA. This has created a fragmented community of professionals, clients and end users each having their own separate agenda.
As a Saudi national, practicing in the Gulf since 1993, I was eager to contribute to the launch of the RIBA Gulf chapter in 2009, as I believe that the RIBA’s role to reinforce our responsibility as Architects, is extremely important to the continued and sustainable growth of this developing economy.
With the support of the Gulf members, together, we can bridge cultural and educational gaps existing between those communities to help us move closer towards a common goal: To achieve excellence in Architecture by serving the community
Having lived and studied in London for most of my life, I have inherited an architectural fascination towards the idea of the metropolis. This fascination did not cease to exist when I moved to the UAE a year ago. If one looks far enough beyond the surface, it is clear that Dubai is constantly generating unexpected cultural and social manifestations.
During the last year I have looked at the architects' role more acutely. I began looking at the architects' role in solving problems that are not directly related to architecture itself. I gained a deeper understanding of architecture's potential to act as catalyst for social, cultural and economic change within urban environments. I am particularly attracted to the Gulf region at this point in time, as it will allow me to be part of that process of change.
I am very involved in, charmed and energetic about architecture and specifically its role in the Gulf region. As a student member I would like to be able to share these ideas to help nurture the profile of the profession in the region.
I think we currently have an effective committee and with new members joining from other locations in the Gulf, we have an opportunity to continue to reinforce the RIBA brand throughout the region.
My personal aim would be to encourage lectures & CPD events where the topics are focused and relevant to our professional life in the Middle East.
I am also keen to engage with local Universities and Schools of Architecture as there seems to be a gap between practice and education which could be improved with more closer interaction between the two aspects of the profession.
The RIBA Gulf Chapter could be a powerful force for the good of architecture. I intend vigorously to tackle issues such as RIBA International membership, making chartered membership of the institute available to anyone who is prepared to meet its standards and aspirations - in accordance with the institute's own policies
Martin is a member of the RIBA with 25 years experience in the construction industry. Currently Associate Director for AECOM in Qatar he is responsible for the Architectural Business. Prior to joining AECOM he was Director of Architecture and Business Group Manager for GHD Qatar. His roles have included all aspects of architectural practice in both traditional multi-disciplinary environments.
He is a regular speaker at international conferences on sustainable development and from 2009 to 2011 he acted as Head of the Qatar Green Building Council's Technical Committee, helping promote sustainability in Qatar.
Prior to leaving the UK in 2007 Martin spent 20 years in London during which time he held senior positions with Capita Architecture, Broadway Malyan, Devereux and David Morley Architects.
He sees the following as being key issues for Architects in the ME:
Address the marginalisation of small and medium sized business scale architectural practices by large multi-national organisations, particularly in strategic advisory services
Develop and promote the RIBA brand in both established and emerging regions through increased high level stakeholder engagement
Establishment of contract and risk management advisory service for practitioners in the ME
George Katodrytis is an architect involved in practice, teaching and research. He has been living and working in the UAE since 2001 and he has built and published widely especially on Dubai’s emerging urbanism. He is currently Associate Professor of architecture at the American University of Sharjah, the current home of the RIBA Gulf Chapter. He served as juror of the Chapter’s student international competition. He is interested in helping the Chapter to improve the quality of practice and education in the region with both entrepreneurial creativity and community oriented awareness and become a significant player of the 21st century global practice of architecture
Associate Professor of architecture at Kuwait University. An architect whose main interest is design. Dr. Khattab, has a long working experience in Kuwait since 1995. B.Sc. and M.Sc. in architecture from Alexandria University, Egypt in 1983 and 1989, and an MA and PhD in architecture from Newcastle University, UK in 1990 and 1994. He taught architecture at Alexandria and Newcastle Universities. Guest lecturer at Huddersfield University, UK, Rizvi College of Architecture, India, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey and Helsinki Technical University, Finland. Visiting Professor at College of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, USA. Won a number of competitions and responsible for major design projects in Kuwait. Acted as external examiner at Bahrain University. Dr. Khattab is LEED AP since 2008. Published more than 15 articles in international refereed journals and co-author in “Cities in Transition: Transforming the Global Built Environment” (ed. T. Shakur, 2005) and “Methodologies in Housing Research” (ed. D. U. Vestbro & Y. Hurol & N. Wilkinson, 2005)
We need to promote the understanding that Architects can provide a service to the community which embodies design excellence, and social responsibility. Reaching out to the many architectural schools in the region is an essential step to fostering these fundamental values in the practice of architecture. A move away from raw commercialism is important for architects to be seen as the source of a proud legacy for the future.
I have worked in the Gulf region over the past 37 years, including Saudi, Oman, and the Emirates, currently working in Sharjah.
Nadia Maqbool Al-Lawatiya
Nadia Maqbool Al-Lawati is recognised as the first female Omani RIBA Chartered member. Following her university graduation and subsequent acceptance onto the RIBA register, she returned to Oman in 2009 and has since established 23 Degrees North architectural consultancy that employs a small but motivated team of nine people. She is passionate about improving the built environment in the middle east and feels strongly that the RIBA needs to be promoted and recognised for the professional standards and quality of service it represents within the industry. Nadia is already actively involved in a number of related organisations such as the Oman Green Building Council, the Professional Omani Women's Association and the Oman Youth Summit, and is invited as a guest architectural critic within universities located within the Greater Muscat area. Nadia is fluent in Arabic, English and Spanish and feels confident that her experience in founding, organising and promoting the Majestic Muscat Architectural Lecture series has provided her with a valuable skill set that will be beneficial to the RIBA Gulf Chapter Committee.
Based in Muscat Oman since 2006, I have seen a significant growth in the development phase of the country driven by the His Majesty of Oman.
During the past year with the help of other RIBA members living and working in Oman, I have been involved with arranging get togethers with the intention of establishing an Oman RIBA arm as part of RIBA Gulf chapter. This is to encourage the RIBA Oman members to network, socialize and exchange views and ideas relative to architecture and the like.
As the external examiner for final year students of the Nizwa University School of Architecture in Oman, and with the help of other RIBA members will assist in enhancing the architectural education currently been taught in the two universities in Oman.