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​RIBA Gulf Chapter

The RIBA Gulf Chapter supports members across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states including the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Sultanate of Oman.

The Chapter has been created to promote design excellence in the delivery of architecture in the Gulf and to add relevance to members working in the region. It is actively engaged with a very significant and diverse number of RIBA and non-RIBA practitioners, to recognise and celebrate the diversity and local culture of members and co-professionals working in the Gulf.

This wide focus has resulted in a variety of thought-provoking events and discussion forums, as well as networking opportunities, all with the aim of raising the profile of the profession regionally.

The RIBA Gulf Chapter programme aims to:

  • Support and communicate with RIBA overseas members and other existing Chapters.
  • Provide a range of activities and services (networking events, building tours, CPD, web forum and student workshops).
  • Maintain links with national universities and schools. The Chapter has chosen educational institutions as a primary vehicle through which to consolidate ideas and hold discussions.
  • Provide RIBA-related services including provision of the Part 3 course in the UAE since 2014 and the introduction of the Membership Eligibility Assessment Panel (MEAP) access course which is gaining popularity and momentum across the region.

The RIBA Gulf Chapter represents a platform for RIBA members and the wider architectural community. If you would like to take part or initiate in future events and share your design aspirations, please get in touch with the Chapter Committee who will be pleased to advise you.

RIBA Gulf Chapter news and events - Discover all that is happening in the Gulf region, including upcoming events, in the latest RIBA Gulf Chapter newsletter.


RIBA Gulf Chapter honorary members

Andy Shaw – Chapter chair

Neil Serridge - Vice chair

Mercedes Gargallo - Treasurer

RIBA Gulf Chapter representatives

Mohamad Al-Dah - UAE

Shaikha Azzam - UAE (vice)

Fariha Ehsanulhaq - Kuwait

Sara Abdullah - Bahrain

May Al-Hinai - Sultanate of Oman

Amy Lam - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)

Jasbir Bhamra - Qatar

Mohamed El Arabi - Comms and social media

Mohamad Amrousi & Juan Roldan- Education

Matthew Yink - Events

Ryan Sailsman - Marketing

Anoushka Kolahalu & Alawiya Muhammad - Chapter coordinator

RIBA Gulf Chapter at RIBA and Department for International Trade Showcase, Dubai
d3 Architecture Festival in partnership with RIBA Gulf Chapter 2020
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