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RIBA and Cityscape Global at Expo 2020

For the 20th edition of Cityscape, RIBA was announced as the inaugural headline sponsor for the dq (design quarter) at Expo 2020 Dubai.

For the 20th edition of Cityscape, RIBA was announced as the inaugural headline sponsor for the dq (design quarter) happening at the Dubai Exhibition Centre for Expo 2020.

Azlina Bulmer, Director of International said:

“As an international membership body with offices in the UAE, UK and China, the RIBA continues to support architects and architecture students globally. We are very pleased to once again partner with Cityscape Global and to be the inaugural headline sponsor for the new Design Quarter (dq), focusing on the latest innovations in design and architecture. This initiative will provide a unique platform at Expo 2020 to connect architects and designers, and allow them to showcase projects and share expertise from around the world.”

Cityscape Global, the Middle East's largest real estate event, is regarded as a barometer for Dubai's property sector. Established as a designated exhibitor space for the creative and design industries to showcase their projects, models and services, dq gives architects, model makers and designers the very unique opportunity to build new connections.

RIBA will also be hosting a physical stand and delivering Cityscape Intelligence Talks Powered by RIBA at the Dubai Exhibition Centre at Expo 2020 from 9 to 11 November, 9am to 5pm GST.

Panel discussion - Architecture case study: The new and improved Sharjah / Sharjah's Iconic Architecture, 9 November 2021 at 4.10pm GST

  • How does the design and flexibility of the recent projects incorporate Sharjah’s culture and USP?
  • Which project was the most difficult to curate given Sharjah’s landscape and weather?
  • Many sustainable projects have emerged in recent years, what role does green design play in the region’s context?
  • House of Wisdom, Buhais Geology Park, Al Faya Lodge and Spa


  • Azlina Bulmer - RIBA Director of International


  • Dara John Towhidi, ARB, RIBA - Partner at Foster + Partners
  • Jonathan Ashmore, RIBA - Founder and Principal Architect at Anarchitect
  • Stephen Hache - Project Director at Hopkins Architects

Sharing session: Learning from sustainable architecture - case studies from the region and beyond, 11 November at 3.10pm GST

  • What is the importance of sustainability and architecture in the current climate?
  • How are GCC architects incorporating sustainability into their designs?
  • Case studies that deal with sustainable designs
  • What are the future trends in green designs?


  • Azlina Bulmer - RIBA Director of International


  • Andrew Shaw, RIBA - RIBA Gulf Chapter Chair and Founding Partner AMA
  • Sandra Woodall, FRIBA - Design Director at Tangram Gulf
  • Harry Dobbs, RIBA - Founder and Director at Harry Dobbs Design Ltd
  • Gary Dicken, RIBA - Director at BDP MENA
  • Maryam Al-Irhayim - Vice President for Students and Associates at RIBA Council
  • Neil Serridge, RIBA - Senior Associate Director at Benoy

Book your free tickets now to be part of the most awaited event of the year.

In partnership with Cityscape.