Peter Davison is on the Creative30 Powerlist

October 19, 2023

Peter Davison leads the DSA Architects International Middle East office and has over 25 years’ experience based in both the UK and Middle East, with exposure to all the major international markets. Peter has directed design on a plethora of complex, mega-projects, from feasibility and concept stages to documentation and delivery, with a proven track record of success.

Experienced in all major project sectors, including hotels and resorts, commercial offices, residential, retail, high-rise, mixeduse and pharmaceutical design, he has led on every aspect of project design with the achievement of creative, sustainable and innovative solutions that meet, and often surpass, expectations in all areas.

He has the ability to drive initiatives ahead as a known thought leader, as seen by the various innovative advances in the DSA portfolio. His creative ideas have propelled the firm to the forefront of the region’s design and construction industries. Peter drives the growth of DSA Middle East in terms of expansion of the company’s network and areas of operation, ensuring that DSA’s high standards of quality in all aspects are maintained, and that the long-term vision and goals of the practice are aligned and followed.

“2023 has been an extremely positive year for DSA. We had some significant contract awards and exciting projects across the MENA region. We’ve also managed to grow our staff complement considerably, in order to get the right talent in place to successfully deliver our projects. We are thrilled to be currently working with various PIF entities in KSA and we are extremely busy with several other hospitality, residential and commercial developments in the UAE and across the wider region. Our Riyadh office’s company’s formation / incorporation has also been completed with full professional engineering licence.,” shares Peter.

There is a solid business pipeline, which indicates that the team is well-positioned to deliver in terms of planning and resource availability. New ideas and plans are being put forward, thus expansion is the rule of the day. We are optimistic about entering 2024 and securing even more excellent collaborations, projects, and expanding the business.

DSA Architects International has delivered more than 500 projects in over 30 countries around the world for many different types of clients, from large corporations, specialist private developers, governments entities, directly for hotel operators, as well as individual investors.

“Our designers will always start with gathering information on local history, culture and the sense of place of the location and its people. We are guided not only by the brief and achieving the objectives of our clients, but also by a responsibility and desire to respect the heritage, tradition and progression of the existing built environment from place to place. Projects delivered by DSA are inevitably creative, innovative, respectful of their surroundings and, with a focus on structured, managed, and collaborative delivery through our added-value specialist design management service that we provide as standard, we provide the highest levels of coordinated, quality technical documentation,” he adds.

Source: Design Middle East Creative30 Powerlist


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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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