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By Alan George
This show is about all things architecture and design in the middle-east. Join us, as we sit across from thought leaders and change makers in their fields as they share their insight & add value to your creative journey. Subjects vary from design workflow to market trends & everything in between.
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E034 - Prabhanjan Kambadur
On today’s episode, we are joined by Prabhanjan Kambadur of RSP! With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Prabhanjan brings in a wealth of technical and creative knowledge in planning for and delivering large-scale and complex projects across a variety of market sectors. His experience ranges from master planning of cities and town centres to establishing urban design guidelines for integrated developments, design of technology parks and mixed-used developments across Middle East and Asia.  Prabhanjan joined RSP Architects in 2001 as a Senior Architect and worked his way to becoming a Director. In the process, he has managed and led a diverse team of planners, architects and engineers on several award winning projects in the region. We are very excited to have him on the show today so without further ado, let’s get into it! . Follow our awesome guest! Prabhanjan Kambadur  - LinkedIN RSP  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
46:19
June 15, 2021
INDEX Special - SHURE with Antony Lovell
After what seems like an eternity, the aForm show was back out at a LIVE event. INDEX 2021 was a massive success for designers in the city of Dubai! The sentiment of onward and upward was undeniable. As part our special coverage, we catch up with Antony Lovell from SHURE. We discuss their new line of microphones & speakers that integrate seamlessly into any interior design. We discuss why these products elevate audio quality & the nuances for designers to consider when using them.  . Check out the SHURE products discussed! MXA910 - Ceiling Array Microphone Microflex Complete Wireless . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio Sponsorships: off for this episode
23:48
June 7, 2021
E032 - Varsha Vasant
This week we are joined by Varsha Vasant from RMJM. She is an architect with six years of experience in the Architecture industry in Dubai. She has recognized for her contributions to many projects. Key elements to her success have been, her enthusiasm, passion & soft skills. She thrives in think tanks and collaborative environments. Varshas life experiences have helped her in keeping calm and resilient in times of stress. She is consistently driven by every opportunity to learn/grow and believes this is a mindset that has to be exercised into being. Varsha can also be loosely described as a jack of all trades. Someone who is open and willing to explore new things constantly. She's dives passionately head deep into just about anything she's doing whether that is architecture, design, art, music or movies. So without further ado, lets get into it! . Connect with our awesome guest! Varsha Vasant  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Behance RMJM  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
49:51
June 1, 2021
E031 - Jason Burnside
This week, we are joined by Jason Burnside. He is one the few architects in the city of Dubai, that has seen its evolution over the last two decades. In 2001, Jason left London to join Godwin Austen Johnson, affectionately known as GAJ. Since then, he has been part of & led, many projects that have gone on to be design & commercial successes. Having worked across various market sectors, Jason is known for his midas touch across the education sector. Infact, he is considered to be an industry leader for the same. So without further ado, lets get into it! . Connect our awesome guest! Jason Burnside  - LinkedIN Godwin Austen Johnson (GAJ)  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:00:34
May 18, 2021
E030 - Steve Glitz
On this weeks episode, we have Steve Glitz. He has been part of design ecosystem within the GCC for some time now. Being from the recruitment space, he has a constant pulse on how our industry operates & moves. Steve has been living and working in Dubai since 2015, specialising in recruiting design professionals for international architectural consultancies, Real Estate Developers and Government Authorities within the architecture & design sector currently working for Redpath Partners. They are an international recruitment business that focuses solely on providing services to the Property & Construction industries who interact with clients at all stages of the property lifecycle, from capital and funding to design and delivery across a global network of offices in Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Hong Kong, and London. Steve has developed an extensive network of clients and candidates across the Middle East partnering with some of the world’s most prestigious architectural design firms, who boast some of the region’s iconic projects. Since joining Redpath Partners, Steve has been given the opportunity to work on some of the regions large-scale masterplanning projects and is currently focused on supporting the development of Saudi Arabia in line with Vision 2030, building out design teams on a number of exciting projects across the Kingdom. We are really excited to have Steve with us today, so without further ado, lets get into it! . Connect our awesome guest! Steve Glitz  - LinkedIN  Redpath Partners  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:08:45
May 5, 2021
E029 - Mahmoud Shahin
With over one and a half decades of experience across a diverse portfolio, today we are joined by Mahmoud Shahin from P&T Architects and Engineers. Mahmoud has worked on a diverse range of projects across AME & APAC regions. He is known for his architectural flair & attention to detail. He is able to design and deliver projects successfully with a key understanding of engineering systems & foresight to potential road blocks. Over the years Mahmoud, has transitioned into promoting the design side of the business & has demonstrated fantastic leadership skills with multiple sized teams. We are excited to unpack this episode, so without further ado, lets get into it! . Connect our awesome guest! Mahmoud Shahin  - LinkedIN | Instagram  P&T Group  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:00:33
April 21, 2021
E028 - Jacky Tang + Yazeed Obeid
NEO architecture was founded in 2020 by Jacky Tang & Yazeed Obeid who met in 2017 while working at X-architects. The design duo co-designed & led multiple projects together including the winning competition proposal for creation story museum in Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to their work in Dubai, Jacky practiced at Kengo Kuma & Suo Fujimoto Architects in Japan while Yazeed practiced at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects in Jordan. Despite their cultural and background differences, NEO architecture brought together their diverse architectural thinking and practical design experience between the Far East & Middle-East. So without further ado, lets get into it. . Connect with our awesome guests! Jacky Tang  - LinkedIN | Instagram  Yazeed Obeid  - LinkedIN | Instagram  NEO Architecture - Website | Behance | Pinterest . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
50:45
April 12, 2021
E027 - Wisam Allami
On this weeks episode we have Wisam Allami. A proud alumnus from the University of Sharjah & founder of LAMI Architects, Wissam has spent close to a decade honing his skills in contemporary design. His approach is a careful balance between functionality and aesthetics. Detailing, is a critical design phase that truly translates a project from a rendering to reality. This phase is of particular interest to Wisam & his team. Thier built work truly does speak for itself. So without further ado, lets get into it. . Connect our awesome guest! Wisam Allami  - LinkedIN | Instagram | wisam@lami-architects.com LAMI Architects  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
48:16
March 30, 2021
E026 - Ralf Steinhauer
With close to two decades of award-winning work, we are joined today by Ralf Steinhauer. He is a truly seasoned professional & has been responsible for delivering many key landmarks in the region. Ralf believes in a holistic approach to design & is known for being the vertex of the design studio, project site & academia. Apart from his time RSP, Ralf also is a guest professor at my alma mater, Canadian University of Dubai! So without further ado, let’s get into it! . Follow our awesome guest! Ralf Steinhauer  - LinkedIN RSP  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:29:32
March 14, 2021
E025 - Andy Shaw
On todays show, we are joined by Andy Shaw. With a vast portfolio of work across Europe and the middle-east, Andy is considered to be seasoned designer in the field. With close to two decades of experience, he has been part of & delivered many high profile projects. He is the managing partner of AMA design, visiting professor at the Heriott-Watt University & Chair of the RIBA gulf chapter. If there ever was a bridge between professional practice & architectural education, Andy would definitely be it! We have a lot to unpack in this episode, so lets get into it! . Follow our awesome guest! Andy Shaw  - LinkedIN AMA  - LinkedIN | Instagram | Website RIBA Gulf Chapter - LinkedIN . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
58:35
February 24, 2021
E024 - David Daniels
Our guest today is David Daniels! David is currently the Director of Architecture at SSH UAE right here in Dubai. David has been part of the success story of SSH UAE from the very beginning & has helped shape, quite literally, 'the design direction of the practice. This is reflected in SSHs recently awarded works both in Dubai & across the region.  Prior to SSH, David spent a significant amount of time with both Glenn Howells Architects & Hopkins Architects in London, where in he refined his craft. Both practices are part of a much larger community in terms of their location & social context. We are sure David would be able to explain better than we ever could! These roots have helped David envision, a vital sense of social context in his work. After being part of SSH, for close to 6 years now, its safe to say that David has been able to create his own little piece of Marylebone, right here in Dubai Design District. This can be clearly seen in one particular market segment that SSH specializes in. The cultural projects out of SSH Dubai have gone on to receive multiple awards & acclaim from peers & rightly so! . Follow our awesome guest! David Daniels  - LinkedIN SSH - LinkedIN | Instagram  . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:31:07
January 25, 2021
E023 - Mihir Sanganee
On todays show, we are joined by Mihir Sanganee. Architect, designer, entrepreneur, runner, dog-lover! These are some of the titles that come to mind when describing our guest today. With over a decade of experience in the region, Mihir has delivered some of the most, bespoke designs, seen in the region. His dedication to detailing is phenomenal & this has led the team of Designsmith to receive region-wide recognition in a very rapid timeframe. In this episode, we discuss all things design, operating a business, creating teams/workflows & everything in between. So without further ado, lets get into it! . Follow our awesome guest! Mihir Sanganee  - LinkedIN Designsmith - LinkedIN | Instagram | Facebook . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
23:13
December 22, 2020
E022 - Kerem Cengiz
This week we are joined by Kerem Cengiz. With close to three decades of project experience across multiple market sectors, Kerem brings a wealth of knowledge as an architect, urban planner & business leader. He has been part of and led, award-winning projects across Europe, Australia, APAC & the MENA region.  Undoubtedly, this has helped Kerem bring a truly diverse & holistic outlook to his design vision & business approach. He is one of the very few designers, that not only possesses immense design acumen but also, vast knowledge and experience in leading design teams/businesses & stake holders across various markets. We have a lot to unpack in this episode, so without further ado, lets get into it!. . Follow our awesome guest! Kerem Cengiz  - LinkedIN LWK + Partners - Facebook | LinkedIN | Instagram | Twitter . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
43:24
November 24, 2020
E021 - Bass Ackermann & Alistair Mac Bean
This week we are joined by the dynamic duo of Bass Ackermann & Alistair Mac Bean. They are here to talk about a truly unique project within a 'blue ocean' market sector in the region. As a relatively, young developer, HIVE Coliv have already managed to break ground on thier first venture & they aim to deliver a residential product that this market has not seen yet. With well over a decade of development experience between them, Bass & Alistair already have plans on expansion within various regions globally! We wont give away anymore & save the rest for the episode! So without further ado, lets get into it. . Follow our awesome guests! Bass Ackermann  - LinkedIN  Alistair Mac Bean - LinkedIN HIVE Coliv - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
35:29
November 12, 2020
E020 - Jennie Binchy
This week we are joined by Jennie Binchy of Binchy & Binchy! As design director, Jennie has led the way, in achieving design excellence across a variety of market sectors. Binchy and Binchy have carved a niche for themselves in the region across complex interior projects & contemporary architecture! Never satisfied with the status quo, Binchy & Binchy are known more pushing the envelope in terms of materiality, design expression & spatial form! Having delivered multiple award-winning projects in the region, Jennie comes with a wealth of experience from both design & operating a thriving design practice! We are really excited to have her on the show today, so without further ado, lets get into it! . . Follow our awesome guest! Jennie Binchy  - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:13:16
November 3, 2020
E019 - Indu Varanasi
On todays show, we are joined by Indu Varanasi, Founder & Design director of IR DESIGN. With well over two decades of professional experience, Indu is known for her holistic approach to design & all its facets. She has been part of many award-winning projects in the region across various market sectors. Indu has been an active participant in both the design & business community. She is not one to shy away from engaging & pushing the important conversations forward. With design talks, columns, workshops & many more, she truly embodies the statement of being inspired in design & disciplined in action. Outside of the region, IRD have capitalized on market opportunities across the world. Indu has led projects across China, India, Tanzania, Oman & Sudan. This truly gives her a global outlook with a local context. We are super excited to have her on the show! So without further ado, lets get into it! . . Follow our awesome guest! Indu Varanasi  - Instagram | LinkedIN To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
44:11
October 19, 2020
E018 - Drew Gilbert
This week we are joined by Drew Gilbert. With a passion for pushing the envelope, Drew has made a big splash into the architecture and design scene of the region. His architectural career started off in the US where in, he nurtured his curiosity and honed his skills. Since then, he has leap frogged to the middle-east & has been part of many projects that have gone on to win international awards & receive critical acclaim.  These include world acclaimed projects such as the Samara gardens (recently nominated by UNESCO as an Archeological landmark), The Cultural Canyon in Iraq and The LifeLine masterplan in Cairo, both of which went to be celebrated at the WAF last year. But of course, there are many, many more! We are fired up to have Drew on the show today, so lets get into it! Follow our awesome guest! Drew Gilbert  - Instagram | LinkedIN To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
35:52
September 22, 2020
E017 - Mohannad AlTabbal
On todays show, we have Mohannad Altabbal from BIMES. As an architect by profession, Mohannad has spent long time in the middle-east & seen the design/delivery process evolve in the region. With over a decade in the field of BIM, Mohannad joins us today to talk about how we as designers, can improve our workflow & process. Being part of many iconic projects in the region, Mohannad has been the 'go-to' guy for almost any problem or query, in any BIM model. He has also given & been part of many talks & training sessions within the same field. Here at aForm, we push and believe in the power of ArchiCAD as a BIM tool. Having said that, there is no one better to champion for the ArchiCAD cause, in the region! With deep knowledge & understanding of ArchiCAD, Mohannad has been an asset to many consultants, contractors & developers in the region. He has truly been able to add value with the services provided by himself and BIMES. So without further ado, lets get into it. Follow our awesome guest! Mohannad Al Tabbal | BIMES - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
59:56
September 6, 2020
E016 - Agnes Koltay & Karim Maalouli
On todays show, we have Agnes Koltay from Koltay Facades & Karim Maalouli from Guardian Glass. Agnes is an architect by profession & has now transitioned into a facade specialist. She has worked with award-winning architects and international engineering offices. In 2011, Agnes began her own studio focusing on façade engineering consultancy. Since then Koltay facades have gone on to create a regional presence in both Dubai & Singapore. A few notable projects include, the highly complex, facade of the Museum of the future.  In addition, Koltay facades have worked on Fountain views, FIVE Jumeirah Village & of course, Sky views! Karim Maalouli from Guardian glass comes with a wealth of knowledge around glazing. He has spent over a decade in the industry with architects and designers in the region. Karim, as an Architectural Design Manager in Guardian Glass, helps architects and designers specify the right glass for their project, aligning closely with their vision, energy efficiency and aesthetic needs. As a special treat, Guardian glass have offered all the architects and designers of the aform show, a free consultancy session on any of their projects! Follow the link below to learn more! So without further ado! Lets get into it! Click here to get your FREE consultancy session! ---> https://bit.ly/30DJIU1 Follow our awesome guests! Agnes Koltay | Koltay Facade - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website Karim Maalouli | Guardian Glass - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
48:01
August 16, 2020
E015 - Haya Arafa
On todays show, we have Haya Arafa! She is an interior designer running her own boutique studio, right here out of Dubai. Having been part large scale projects  in both the Middle-east & GCC region, Haya now focuses her talents on delivering boutique, client-centric designs! She specializes in curating spaces that improve social interaction, cognitive performance & psychological health. Haya is a true example of on-going self education. After her degree, she has spent time constantly bettering herself with short courses in various design & non-design topics! Haya also spent a good amount of time as an architectural writer with one of the most prestigious publishing houses in the region! So without further ado, lets get into it! . Follow our awesome guests! Haya Arafa - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website | Behance | Twitter | Facebook . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
41:14
August 4, 2020
E014 - Kristina Zanic
On this weeks episode, we have Kristina Zanic. Having been the founder and co-owner of Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp) Kristina spent over 20 years based in Thailand, and worked with numerous international brands, multinationals, and prominent companies. Through her cutting edge designs and dedication to her clients Kristina led ‘dwp’ to global recognition within the industry, establishing over 14 offices in 5 continents. Kristina has spent the past 9 years working in the Middle East and has since established her own signature creative design studio in Dubai: Kristina Zanic Design Consultants. Her eye catching designs, relentless enthusiasm and personalized service have already won her a variety of prestigious assignments in the United Arab Emirates, Europe, India, Africa and KSA. Kristina has also received a number of prestigious international and regional interior design awards.This week, we sit down to discuss hospitality design, tips on running a creative firm & the thoughts on the design community, post Covid-19 . Follow our awesome guests! Kristina Zanic - Instagram | LinkedIN | Website . To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
33:06
July 7, 2020
E013 - Dr. Shaji Panicker & Rahul Sudheer
On todays show, we are going to talk about 'Future proofing architects'. A topic which has many facets, but for today, we are going to focus on two key areas. Education and mid-career professionals. These are the two critical points where architects tend to have pivoting moments that determine their thinking, design approach & career path.  To discuss this, we have a double-header! We are joined by Dr. Shaji Panicker. He is currently an associate professor at the school of design and architecture. of the Manipal University in Dubai. Over the past decade, Shaji has taught the students of architecture both in the UAE and in India. This has given him a unique perspective to the teaching methodologies put in place across both countries. He has taught students at both the under-graduate and graduate level. He has seen both the education of architects and the mindset of students, change, over his time as an educator.  In addition, we are also joined by another familiar face, or in our listeners case, a familiar voice! Rahul Sudheer joins us yet again to share his thoughts on the subject. When we last spoke, Rahul was with the prestigious developer, Emaar. Since then, Rahul has been part of many ground breaking projects and currently practices as an Architect with Broadway Malyan. Rahul has also spent a good amount of time in jury crits with students here in the UAE. That has undoubtedly given him an insight into the architectural education space of the country.  What makes today show interesting, is that Dr. Shaji Panicker, has taught Rahul Sudheer, during their time together at the RV college, in Bangalore, India. It is quite literally the student and professor, on todays episode!  To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Dr. Shaji Panicker - Instagram | LinkedIN Rahul Sudheer -Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:12:06
July 1, 2020
E012 - Esther Echeverria
This week we are joined by Esther Echerverria. She comes with a vast knowledge of architecture and engineering recruitment across both Europe and the GCC. Esther has sourced candidates from varying skill levels & experience levels. She is known for her hands on approach, professional attitude & going the extra mile! Currently she is the managing director at L&C recruitment & they provide turn-key sourcing for design & construction companies, looking to grow their teams and attain high performing individuals.
34:48
June 15, 2020
E011 - Yahya Kaddoura
Our guest today is Yahya Kaddoura. He has spent close to three decades within the UAE. As a graduate from the University of Sharjah, he brings a unique perspective to his architectural design, as he has quite literally seen the urban fabric of the UAE grow, before his eyes.  Yahya currently works with Atkins where in, he as been involved with multiple award winning projects. Specializing in high rise developments, Yahya has a wealth of knowledge in building efficiencies & engineering, in addition to his architectural flair. Always wanting to give back to his community, he recently collaborated with Apple to offer a 4-part series workshop of Architectural sketching.  In addition, he is involved in many other projects, which aim to develop the creative community of the city. Its truly a pleasure to welcome him to the show today! To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Yahya Kaddoura -Instagram  . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:14:44
June 6, 2020
E010 - Hayley Dyer
On this weeks episode we have Hayley Dyer, all the way from London. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, she is here to share her insights on a rather taboo topic, Architectural Recruitment. As Director and Founder of AE recruitment, Hayley has sourced candidates of various skill levels & experience for some of the most sought after firms in the middle-east! As such she has a wealth of knowledge within this sector and shares many keen insights from the recruiter end of our industry. Recruitment is a topic which most of us don’t openly talk about or discuss. Its a topic which most of us see as daunting, challenging or maybe even just vague! Have you ever wondered, where do you start? What are your first steps? How do you stand out from the crowd? If so, this episode is definitely going to bring value to you. We discuss CVs/Portfolios, first impressions, personal brand, mindset & everything in between! To stay updated with our episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! AE Recruitment - LinkedIN | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Youtube Want to learn about their services and openings? Click here  . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
32:39
May 7, 2020
E009 - Douglas Sum
Todays guest is Douglas Sum. He comes with a wealth of knowledge within the facade, or 'building skin' space. With an education from the University of Hong Kong, Douglas has gone on to work with international design firms all across the pacific rim & MENA region and currently is an Associate, Façade Service Group Leader for Aurecon, a global engineering, design and advisory company. A few of his milestone projects would be the Hong Kong Disneyland, The Viceroy on the Dubai Palm, the Dubai Metro and the current tallest building in the World  - the Burj Khalifa in our very own backyard. Also, he has worked as the facade-consultant team-leader on currently,  another super tall, ‘cable-stayed’ building in Dubai – the Dubai Creek Harbour Tower which is designed by the famous Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Douglas has held various leadership roles with both consultants and contractors, giving him a unique perspective of design, execution and supervision. He also brings vast knowledge across design management of the same. Currently, his interests expand to innovation and seeking any opportunities to reform the façade design entirely, by using the latest digital technology. Douglas is very active in both the professional and academic space of engineering facades. Having spoken at multiple summits across the globe, Douglas believes in educating the sector and pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in this space. Its an honor to have him the studio today. To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Douglas Sum - LinkedIN  . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
54:34
April 12, 2020
E008 - Covid-19
This episode was quite a debate for us internally. We did not want to contribute to the mass-hysteria, but it seems the matter is now inevitable. This episode is a stripped back, raw, monologue on the current situation of our design ecosystem. Covid-19 has changed the way we as architects and designers operate. Love it, or hate it, this is our new reality. This episode aims to highlight a few steps that can be taken to better deal with these un-certain times. We talk about how this period of time, can actually be used to your advantage if you are an employee or an employer.  Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
27:27
April 3, 2020
E007 - Mornay Schoeman
Todays guest is Mornay Schoeman. As an educator, Mornay brings close to 3 decades of design education practices all the way from South Africa. As an Interior Designer by profession, she is able to integrate professional practice into the theory of the classroom. This has enabled her students to grasp the nuances of the profession. Besides running a campus in Dubai, she is also the owner of Baroque, a clothing boutique in South Africa.  Inscape is undoubtedly the new kid on the block over here & has taken the city of Dubai, by storm! With phenomenal intake of students within the first year of operation, Mornay has no signs of slowing down.  In todays episode, we talk about design education in South Africa and Dubai. We discuss the hurdles of the architecture/ID industry & running an international clothing studio.  To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Mornay Schoeman - LinkedIN | Instagram . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
56:42
February 29, 2020
E006 - Rahul Sudheer
Todays guest is Rahul Sudheer. With strong roots in Dubai, Rahul currently practices as a designer with the world renowned developer, Emaar. During his journey he has been part of both mega projects and niche, boutique work. He truly believes that architecture can shape the way we live and as such, spends a lot of time figuring out how we as humans, live/interact within our spaces. As an avid sketcher, Rahul believes in documenting your ideas, no matter how crazy they may seem at the time. They may just end up being a solution to a problem, you never knew you had. In todays episode, we discuss Rahuls journey with developer centric design. We also talk about the importance of traveling and sketching for an architect. To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Rahul Sudheer - LinkedIN | Instagram . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:18:56
February 12, 2020
E005 - Devanshi Jakhiya
Todays guest is Devanshi Jakhiya. As an interior designer, Devanshi has constantly challenged the status quo. Never satisfied with the 'mediocre', she is known to push boundaries in her designs. She has been part of projects that have truly created an identity for their clients. Currently practising out of an award-winning firm, Brand Creative, she has been exposed to interior design, brand creation & brand identity.  Undoubtedly, Devanshi understands the 'why' behind the interior design as well as the 'how'. Armed with this foundation, we are sure is going to go on to do big things in the field. Be on the lookout for what she does next! Today we talk about having a vision & executing it, her work at Brand Creative & the current market stance. Take it away, Devanshi. To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Devanshi Jakhiya - LinkedIN | Instagram Brand Creative - LinkedIN | Instagram . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:01:29
January 13, 2020
E004 - Christine Espinosa
Todays guest is Christine Reyes Espinosa-Erlanda. With meticulous attention to detail & a keen eye for design, Christine has spent over a decade at the award winning practice, Godwin Austen Johnson. With projects all over the world, Christine has had vast exposure to multiple cultural contexts, making her designs truly responsive & niche.  At an Associate level, Christine pushes green design & construction principles across all levels of the project. She is a keen spokesperson for bridging the gender gap in the field of architecture. In both flourishing and tough economies, Christine has carved out her niche as being a true all-rounder in the field of architecture. This year, Christine was shortlisted for Architect of the year at the Middle-east Architects awards & won, Architect of the year at the TFT awards! In todays episode, we talk about her work & experiences, getting out of your comfort zone & women in architecture in the MENA region.  To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Christine Espinosa - LinkedIN Godwin Austen Johnson - LinkedIN  . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:30:28
December 15, 2019
E003 - Anique Ahmed
Todays guest is Anique Ahmed. Anique is an architect & an award-winning architectural photographer. With projects like the UAQ martyrs memorial under his belt, Anique now focuses on capturing moments created by architectural & interior design. His architectural photography has been recognized by several international photography competitions and has been featured across various media platforms. One his images of the Autodrome grandstand here in Dubai, has been titled, simply as “G”. It went on to not only win awards, but be exhibited at the FotoLoft Gallery in Moscow and became part of Moscow international foto awards in 2015. Over the last few years Anique has developed a keen eye for detail which has greatly helped him in planning/executing photography projects for both commercial and private clients. In todays episode we talk about the nuances of architectural photography and how it works. We get into transitioning career paths & finding your passion. To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming platform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Anique Ahmed Photography | Instagram | Facebook | Website . . Big S/O to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
47:23
December 6, 2019
E002 - Hatem Al Khafaji
Our guest today truly pushes the boundary of architectural design, to infinity and beyond. We are super stoked to have Hatem Al Khafaji join us today! With a relatively ,conventional foundation to his architectural journey, Hatem completed his undergrad in architectural engineering from the University of Sharjah. Whilst in professional practice, Hatem maintained a healthy connection to academic research. He spent 4 months in Japan as a research scholar at the world renowned Tohoku University designing the “Gripper”, the next generation of climbing robots to explore the surfaces of Moon, Mars and near-by Asteroids. Not to mention, having held multiple talks and seminars at universities locally within the country and internationally. Hatem was invited to be a jury member at Google, for the Lunar X-Prize Moon Bots challenge.  In 2015, Hatem came onboard to Killa Design where he has spent his time designing for 'the future'. Being involved with projects like the Museum of the Future and Office of the Future for the Dubai Future Foundation, it is clear that he no signs of slowing down! During a brief sabbatical in 2016, Hatem obtained masters degree in Space Studies at the international space university in France, where he focused his research on utilizing artificial intelligent on developing the next architectural construction methods on extra-terrestrial planets. Since then he has returned to Killa Design, where he currently practices.  Early last year, Hatem went on to setup Space Roasters Inc, an aerospace startup with a twist, pushing the boundary of space and science!.. Oh wait, Did we mention he's given a TEDx Talk on Lunar Architecture in his spare time? Wrote the first book to conclude codes to guide future architects designing on the Moon? Have a space technology design patent registered in the US and UAE? And participated in many NASA competitions, where his work lately exhibited at the famous NASA JPL in Houston, the same center that launched Neil Armstrong to the Moon!?. We are truly honored to have our first space architect on the show! To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming plattform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Hatem Al Khafaji | Instagram Killa Design | Instagram Space Roasters Inc | Instagram . . Much love to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be? Email us at hello@aform.studio
01:15:20
November 30, 2019
E001 - Hana Younes
With Irish & Syrian Roots, Hana was raised between Northern Ireland & the UAE, specifically Abu Dhabi. She currently practices - Out of Dabbagh Architects & during that time, has been part of multiple award winning projects! From copper roofs to restoration work, Hana's work is truly diverse in across the region here. In todays episode, we talk about the up's and down's of architecture studio life, internships, the power of networking, getting that first job & adding value to your studio. To stay updated with our weekly episodes, please follow us on your favorite streaming plattform Follow us on our socials The aForm Show - Instagram | LinkedIN Audio by Strum@ease - Instagram | Youtube . . Follow our awesome guests! Hana Younes | Instagram Dabbagh Architects| Instagram . . Much love to our friends & supporters Inscape Education Management - Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIN Orange Design Group - Instagram | LinkedIN . . Want to get on the show or know someone who should be?  Email us at hello@aform.studio
58:29
November 7, 2019