DSA Architects International Recognised as Most Innovative Architectural Design Practice - UAE by BUILD Architecture Awards 2022

August 3, 2022

Source: Q3 2022 (build-review.com)

Over their 35-year history, DSA Architects International have evolved into an internationally recognised and renowned business! They excel across multiple sectors as a boutique-style firm that can offer a personal and bespoke service, all tailored to the individual needs of their clients.

Since their establishment in 1985, DSA Architects International have blossomed in scale, scope, and diversity, becoming a multi-award-winning practice. Today, the company is an industry leader in architectural design and lead consultant services, delivering landmarks, sustainable buildings and environments across the globe.

As a business, they are fully committed to maintaining and further enhancing their reputation as a professional, flexible, trusted, and delivery-focused ‘partner of choice’ for clients and operators. They have already delivered projects in over 30 countries from strategic locations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and have worked for many clients of varying scales. DSA’s clientele ranges from large corporations and government entities to individual investors, all of whom they enjoy many close and repeat working relationships.

DSA’s team approaches each project with extraordinary passion and a ‘can do’ attitude, resulting in creating unique, exciting, and timeless architectural experiences. All of their projects align with their ethos of ‘International Expertise with Local Knowledge.’

In line with this mantra, their designers start each project by gathering information on local history and culture and gaining a sense of the location and its people. Their design principles are invariably guided by an equal consideration for the brief (and achieving the clients’ objectives) as well as responsibility and desire to respect the heritage, tradition, and progression of the existing built environment.

In all the developments they deliver, they consistently look to provide the highest levels of creativity, innovation, and technical excellence, constantly pushing the boundaries of new technology and innovation—all whilst maintaining an appropriate reverence and respect for everyone involved.

DSA have managed to secure a very healthy business pipeline and are well placed to deliver in terms of their planning and resource availability; as such, they are looking to take full advantage of a growing market across the region, seeing many opportunities for new products in the near future.

They have a phenomenal staff retention rate; most of their team have been with DSA for ten years or more. Their staff are the most critical aspect of its success, the projects they are proud to have delivered, and the positive reputation they enjoy. The company is always looking for opportunities to develop everyone according to individual aspirations and ambitions to maximise the value they provide the company. As such, during this coming year, they have some inspiring plans to introduce a new specialist in-house department to complement the existing architectural and lead consultancy disciplines, utilising individuals with a proven track record of delivering exemplary work.

The team's dedication, experience, culture, and approach enable them to tackle complexities and challenges that would otherwise not be possible. The firm’s 360-degree approach provides mutual dividends and allows strong bonds to be formed across the company.

DSA look forward to making an official announcement very soon and completing the year with even more success.


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Originally, I am from France but have spent many years living across the world, from Africa, The United States and most recently the Middle East.

Throughout my life I have always enjoyed an outdoor lifestyle and as you can see, I have travelled a lot. Having an active life is very important to me, whether that be through things like mountain biking and water sports or even camping at the weekend.

My education began at the School of Versailles in Paris. It was a great school to study at, but I also loved it because of its location. Paris is such a diverse city that is always evolving. If you accompany that with decades of stunning architecture, it really becomes and place like no other.

I have been interested in seeing things grow and develop since a very young age. As a girl I would build sandcastles and tree houses with my brother. Over time that interest developed further and by my teens I knew I wanted to be an architect.

For the last 5 years I have been with the DSA team and my role consists of managing projects from design to creation. As a Project Architect, I am positioned between the design team and the client. It’s a role that I love because it can be so varied from project to project.

Each client has their own particular requests, and it is critical that I understand them at an early stage.

Not only does this help ensure that all team members keep to what the client wants, but also it means that any design hurdles can resolved at a swift pace, avoiding lengthy delays.

When a project begins, inspiration for design is never too far away. From looking back at past successes and evolving those ideas further, to examining the surroundings of the project location. It’s fundamental to capture the vision of the client, taking multiple elements and combining them to create a strong identity.

Spending some quality family time with my husband and son is extremely important to me. When i’m not emersed in a project, I like to spend as much time with them as possible. I also have a great passion for cooking and maintaining a healthy diet. I am always researching new and exciting recipes.

However, the excitement for designing is always with me and currently I am designing a villa for my family and I in France during my spare time.
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