Gareth Cain joins DSA Middle East as new Studio Design Director

November 6, 2023

Leading architecture and design practice, DSA Architects International, has announced the appointment of Gareth Cain, as DSA Middle East’s new Studio Design Director. Gareth is a highly experienced RIBA qualified professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of Architecture and Interiors across the Middle East. As an accomplished designer and business leader, he has led numerous award-winning projects across hospitality, residential, retail, cultural, workplace, and mixed-use sectors. His expertise lies in mentoring and staff development, finance, client relationships, and directing the successful execution of complex and inspiring projects.

As part of his new role with DSA, he will take on responsibility for organisational leadership within the studio in Dubai, overseeing management, performance, and operations. His role extends to providing design leadership and delivery across all stages of the process, working closely with the team to further improve the quality of projects that we deliver.


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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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