“It should be capable of adjusting to context, heritage, social behaviour, comfort levels, environmental changes and material sensibilities.”
In a year when our available physical interactions with the world are ever-changing, this flexible approach to design is proving both timely and successful for Riyad.
A global citizen, Riyad completed his studies in Iran, then spent a number of years working in academia and architectural practice between New York and Hong Kong before ultimately settling in Dubai. “Coming from a family of architects and entrepreneurs, I’ve always wanted to start my own practice, especially from the region that I was born in.” It was there that he founded the Middle East Architecture Lab (MEAL) and Middle East Architectural Network (MEAN).
“The two organisations have a synergetic relationship. With MEAL, we can stay updated with academic research and experience with the latest technologies. And with MEAN, we are able to apply that knowledge to projects going into construction, while maintaining our ethos of using technology as a tool to leverage our ambitions of designing contextual, spatially delightful architecture.”