Architectural Digest Middle East Top 50

Downtown Design fair director, Rue Kothari and Editor and Journalist, Pratyush Sarup collaborate with AD Middle East to write the second edition of the annual AD 50 list.

This year, Downtown Design worked with Architectural Digest Middle East to identify and recognize the leading talents across the fields of architecture and interior design in the region, as part of their yearly AD50 list. With so many established firms creating new landmarks that define our cities, and increasing numbers of new international and homegrown talents entering the market, there is an even greater need to shine a light on those firms and individuals who show creative excellence.

We cast the net wide this year,” says Downtown Design Fair Director Rue Kothari, “to make sure it wasn’t just those firms with the marketing prowess that made the cut. We wanted to highlight those that were pushing boundaries, making strong design statements and developing the regional design narrative.

With so much development in the region, across sectors from hospitality and leisure to residential and landscaping, narrowing the substantial number worthy hopefuls down to just 50 was both an education and a challenge.

The final list, published in the July/August edition of AD Middle East, is perhaps the most diverse yet, and seeks to expose both the ambition and quality of work reflected by the region’s key players.

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