Our architects use their creativity to engage their audience creating a meaningful dialogue between the natural and the built environment, between culture and innovation, form and function. Through our integrated work approach we create designs that address the specific needs and identities of the intended users, integrating cultural context and lasting value.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WE CREATE EXPERIENCES, NOT JUST BUILDINGS.
Architecture plays an essential role in inspiring and enhancing the environment in which we live and work in.
Headquartered in Dubai since 1991, we have been responsible for creating some of the Emirates’ most iconic buildings and spaces. Over the years we have attracted an international team from 22 countries, made up of more than 190 architects, designers, technicians and business support, all of who work towards achieving our ethos.
We work closely with our clients to achieve a detailed and thorough understanding of key areas such as history, society, culture, technology and functionality of the projects. We also pride ourselves on forming and maintaining strong and respectful relationships with subcontractors, all of whom have a common goal to meet, exceed and deliver on our client’s vision.
An award winning and multi-disciplinary firm, GAJ has particular expertise in hotel and resort, residential and commercial, education, sport and leisure design as well as master planning, mixed use, public sector, institutional and cultural projects.
GAJ is committed to the belief that the quality of the built environment is an essential part of the economic and cultural fabric of society, in which the very best architecture plays a central and intrinsic role.
We believe that open communication and collaboration form a critical part of the design process where we can collectively identify objectives and expectations and assess the operational and functional relationships.
With more than 30 years of regional experience to his name, Brian’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture is undeniable. His body of work comprises some of Dubai’s most recognisable and prized buildings. Among them is the Dubai Creek Golf Club, widely recognised as one of Dubai’s first architectural icons - so much so it features on the 20 dirham note.
Ricus brings to GAJ over 20 years’ design experience with particular expertise in healthcare, education retail and leisure facilities.
The Irish architect is also a qualified engineer and brings to the practice significant technical expertise. As one of the longest-serving architects in the firm, Jason has designed and delivered some of GAJ’s highest profile collaborations including Gate Village at DIFC with Sir Michael Hopkins Architects.
Simon was made a Partner in the practice in 2012, and hospitality sector leader in 2013 and is currently leading the company’s expansion into Oman, where he is responsible for the design of a number of signature hotel developments.
With extensive and diversified experience of more than nine years, a comprehensive educational and training background and an exemplary career at leading national and international organisations, Jon is a highly experienced architect.
Born and educated in India, Avinash began his career in 1998 as an architect in New Delhi, India. He holds a Bachelor of architecture from the M.N.I.T Bhopal and a professional certificate in environment and sustainable design.
Shounak joined GAJ in 2006 as a Senior Architect and since then he has worked on various projects including the Bab Al Shams Resort, Business Bay Hotel (5 star) for Sharaf Group, luxury hotel villas for Saraya Bandar Jissah in Oman and, most recently, acting as GAJ full-time site representative on the Cranleigh School project in Abu Dhabi for TDIC (value Dhs 320 million).
Nimesh is known for his ability to successfully execute challenging projects in fields that are new to him and it is this versatility and adaptability that makes him a valuable team member.
Jayameen joined GAJ in 2012 as part of the management team leading coordination meetings, reviewing shop drawings, managing RFI’s and contractor queries, carrying out site inspections; reviewing contractors prequalification submissions and material samples and resolving on-site design issues in coordination with the project design team.
Anshuman has over ten years of progressively responsible experience in the U.S., Middle East, and Africa. He completed his M. Arch. at the University of Southern California and began his career as an architect in a niche firm in Los Angeles.
Tunisian national Anes is a highly creative individual having spent the early part of his career as a production designer and assistant art director for a number of theatrical and cinematic productions.
Born and educated in India, Shekher began his architectural career in 1991 as an Architect working on a diverse portfolio that included residential, industrial, commercial and budget housing projects in India.
Eduard A. Juliano
Zimbabwean Andrew has been an integral part of the GAJ team having joined the company in 2004. He was educated in both the UK and South Africa having earned a BSc (Architecture) at the University College in London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa