Two Iranian projects were among the winners at the eighth annual Middle East Architect Awards presented on November 25 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai.
The awards in 15 categories covered the entire spectrum of architecture, from residential to cultural and public designs, Designmena.com reported.
Public Sector Project of the Year award was given to ‘City & Music Hall’ by Hajizadeh & Associates, whose founder Kourosh Hajizadeh had received the Architect of the Year prize, at the event in 2013, “for having a strong body of work ranging from master plans to individual buildings.”
Among Hajizadeh’s many projects are the University of Isfahan in Iran and Budapest Museum of Ethnography in Hungary. His focus of interest is on the relationship between people, cities and architecture. “I want to create harmony among the three,” he says.
Born in Tehran, Hajizadeh, 40, is a graduate of architecture. He has won various titles in more than 30 architectural competitions. In 2013, Architect Magazine selected him as one of the ‘50 Most Influential People’ in Middle East architecture.
The ‘Golfam Office Building’ by Fluid Motion Architects received the Commercial Project of the Year award. Partners Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff picked up the award.
Established by Iranian architects Daneshmir, 50, and Spiridonoff, 47, in 2004 in Tehran, Fluid Motion Architects design and supervise architectural and urban projects with the aim of improving the quality of architecture in the country. Mellat Park Cineplex designed by the company won the first place in the 2008 Architect Award.