Paul Priest, Director and Head of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Studios for Benoy, the international firm of Architects, Masterplanners, Interior and Graphic Designers, was delighted to be invited to the American University of Sharjah to be a guest critic at the mid-stage reviews on Tuesday, 24 November.
The mid-stage review is an important step for the students as they progress with their studies, and Paul was honoured to be a part of their journey to becoming architects.
Year 5 Assistant Professor Cristiano Luchetti said, “The participation of Paul in our reviews was very significant for the students. He is not only an experienced professional but also an insightful critic, and his comments were both accurate and motivating.”
After reviewing the range of work, Paul was very impressed with the quality presented on the day and is looking forward to the final exhibition on 7 January 2016.
Paul commented, “Universities are hives of energy and creativity where the future of architectural design is interrogated and refined. It was great to be involved in an open discussion and offer feedback and direction from the perspective of an architectural practice; in return, I gained a valuable insight into new technologies and theory and left inspired by the next generation of architects.”
This opportunity further demonstrates Benoy’s commitment to education and the importance of supporting not only the built environment but also those who will be the designers of the future.
Benoy has been open for work in the Middle East for almost ten years, and in that time, the firm has extended its portfolio to include built projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as Concept Designs, planned and on-site schemes in Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Kenya, amongst others; Benoy is now recognised as an influential design house across the region.
The practice opened its second MENA Studio, Benoy Dubai, in early 2015 alongside its initial regional presence in Abu Dhabi.