Winner for Hospitality Project Design at the Architecture Leaders Awards 2023

March 24, 2023

DSA have participated in the recent Architecture Leaders Awards 2023 and were thrilled to win the award for Hospitality Project Design for the Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain Resort & Spa.

The ceremony held on 21st March at Sofitel Dubai The Palm was attended by DSA project team, Sabeer Nambalakkandi, Vinoj Velappan, Lee Ton, Maher Fleifel and Rachael Khanak.

It has been truly a privilege to work on such a prestigious project, which challenged and stretched us in the right ways. The entire team has been enhanced by the creative and technical hurdles that we have successfully overcome, and we are thrilled to have been able to deliver a magnificent establishment, one that we are immensely proud to add to our ever-growing portfolio.

Congratulations to our team at DSA, our partners, particularly our Client, Bahrain Real Estate Investment (Edamah), local engineering firm MSCEB, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts and to everyone who've contributed to the successful completion of a world-class resort.


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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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