The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards
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The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

The famous design Index just revealed the shortlist of nominees for the 2018 INDEX Architecture & Design Awards, one of the top design contests on the Middle East! We remind you that the Index will take place in Dubai between the 16th and the 18th of September!

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The INDEX Architecture & Design Awards are spread over 14 categories that honor the vision, hard work, innovation and pizzazz of the region’s leading design and architectural firms, with projects across the residential, hospitality and commercial sectors. The main focus of this awards are the Designs coming from the Middle East, with 90% of the nomenees hailing from this part of the planet. In their fifth year, this awards will also reward the creative minds driving design forward, with awards for Rising Star, Design Leader and Design Firm of the Year.

The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

Leading the charge are Dubai-based firms DWP and Bishop Design, with five nominations each. Wilson Associates, whose new self-styled office in Dubai Design District is in the running for Best Commercial Project, have four, as do Swiss Bureau Interior Design.

The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

Notable projects in the running include the new Renaissance Hotel Downtown Dubai, the Fairmont Quasar Istanbul, the Mirror Pavilion in Isfahan, Iran, and the self-styled family home of Gensler designer and last year’s INDEX Rising Star winner, Yasmin Farahmandy.

The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

At Index’s official website we can find more info about this awards. Samantha Kane-Macdonald, event director at INDEX, said: “It is always nigh on impossible to whittle down our award entries to a final shortlist and this year proved no exemption; not only did we have a record number of entries – with 147 individual submissions from more than 70 different firms – but were faced with a truly awe-inspiring catalogue of exceptional builds and spaces.

The Nominees for the 2018 Index Architecture & Design Awards

All the winners will be announced at the INDEX Architecture & Design Awards ceremony in September! Here it is the Final List of Nominees.


Best Café, Bar & Lounge Design Project

Bishop Design: Larte
Broadway Interiors: LSB
Light Space Design: Drop Coffee
WA International: Poppy

Best Healthcare / Wellness Design Project

Brand Creative: Rosanno Ferretti
Isadore Creative: Intercontinental Hotel Resort Spa, Fujairah
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
Splyce Interior Design: Dr Joy

Best Institutional, Sports or Educational Design Project

ATI Consultants, Architects & Engineers: The American School of Creative Science
ELIEMETNI: Eco Nursery
Hoehler + alSalmy: History of Science Centre
Swiss Bureau Interior Design: Tecom Auditorium

Retail Design Project of the Year

Amitis Design
Bluehaus Group
IL Architecture + IN Architects
Kinnersley Kent Design

Best Refurbishment Design Project

Draw Link Group: Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Tunisia
Pallavi Dean Interiors: Shababeek
S2 Interiors: VX Studio
Sharon Jutla Interiors: Pizza Express

Fit-Out Contractor of the Year

BW Interiors
Gemaco Interiors
ISG Middle East
La Sorogeeka Interiors
Plafond Fit Out LLC
Summertown Interiors

The Index Rising Star Award

Anita Bir, Hirsch Bedner Associates
Brylle Anthony Relevo, VX Studio / Opaal Interiors
Dilara Ajun, ATI Consultants, Architects & Engineers
Israa Mahmoud, 10Concepts
Kamsin Mirchandani, Swiss Bureau Interior Design
Muhammad Habsah, Dar Al Handasah
Natasha Ahmed, Lulie Fisher Design Studio
Rawaa A. Abdulkarim, DWP

Best Restaurant Design Project

Bishop Design: Toro + KO
Bishop Design: Waka
Creneau International Middle East: Cho Gao
Wilson Associates: Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Best Residential Design Project

AAC Interiors: Family Home
Bishop Design Residential: Alef Residences, Signature Apartment
Signature Developers: 118
Yasmin Farahmandy: Meydan villa

Best Hospitality Design Project

DWP: DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai: Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
WA International: Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Wilson Associates: Fairmont Quasar Istanbul

Best Cultural Design Project

Godwin Austen Johnson: Al Seef
Lulie Fisher Design Studio: Manarat Al Saadiyat Gallery
Noor Architecture Atelier: The Mirror Pavilion
SSH: Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre

Best Commercial Design Project

DWP: The Smart Dubai Office
Ochre: Dubai Holding
Swiss Bureau Interior Design: UNBOX
Wilson Associates: Wilson Associates Studio & Office

Design Firm of the Year

Bishop Design LLC
Pallavi Dean Interiors
Swiss Bureau Interior Design

Design Leader of the Year

Carol Finnie, DWP
Chris Barnes, Broadway Interiors
Daousser Chennoufi, Draw Link Group
Isabel Pintado, Wilson Associates
Joakim de Rham, Swiss Bureau Interior Design
Martin Lesjak, Innocad Architecture
Muhammad Al Salmy, Hoeler + AlSalmy
Paul Bishop, Bishop Design
Sejal Patel, Gensler

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