The WB Abu Dhabi

Curio Collection By Hilton


Al Khobar, KSA

DoubleTree by Hilton

Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences

Sunmarke School

Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Architecture plays an essential role in inspiring and enhancing the environment in which we live and work in.

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.

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 180 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.

DoubleTree by Hilton

Architecture | Interior Design

ISG School

Architecture | Interior Design

The WB Abu Dhabi, Curio Collection by Hilton

Architecture | Interior Design

Miral Headquarters

Architecture | Interior Design

DoubleTree & Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh


Dubai College – The SPACE

Architecture | Interior Design

Arcadia High School

Architecture | Interior Design | MEP

The Arcadia School

Architecture | Interior Design | MEP

Vida Creek Harbour

Architecture | Interior Design | MEP | Lighting

Dubai Creek Yacht Club

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

The Chedi Al Bait Sharjah

Architecture | Interior Design | MEP | Lighting


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.

Brian Johnson

Managing Partner

With more than 45 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 Van Zyl

Partner  / Production Director

Ricus brings to GAJ over 20 years’ design experience with particular expertise in healthcare, education retail and leisure facilities. The South African architect began his career in Namibia where he led the design of some of the largest private hospital and education institutions in the country.

Jason Burnside

Partner  / Head of Education Design

A highly successful architect, Jason specialises in the education sector and has led the design of more than 20 schools in the region since taking over the role in 2011.  As a team leader he aims to deliver holistic projects that are highly functional, energy efficient and engaging designs.

Avinash Kumar

Associate Partner

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.

Chander Shekher

Associate Partner

Indian born Shekher began his architectural career in 1991 working on a diverse portfolio of projects that include residential, industrial, commercial and budget housing projects in India. After four years in practice, he moved to Dubai to broaden his experience internationally.

Shounak Patne

Associate Partner

Shounak has an in-depth knowledge of Abu Dhabi Municipality’s requirements in addition to International Building Codes, authority requirements, project specifications and is well-versed in the latest architectural software.

Manuel Moraga

Senior Associate

Manuel’s portfolio is vast and varied. He has been responsible for the design of a large number of residential buildings, master planning, shopping malls and several hotels in his home country and has been instrumental in the design of several hospitality projects in the Middle East and North Africa.

Hrishikesh Pradhan

Hrishikesh Pradhan

Senior Associate

As an experienced architect Hrishikesh is leading the schematic and detail design delivery for major hospitality projects. As an experienced Site Architect, he is leading the site supervision team in the coordination of their day-to-day supervision activities.


Srinivasan Parthiban

Senior Associate

An accomplished architect site manager Srinivasan is often called upon to run technical meetings, deal with all local authorities and act as the link between the client and the contractor to ensure the smooth running of the site.

Christine Espinosa

Senior Associate

Christine leads by example and is responsible for providing design solutions from concept and schematic up to detailed design stage. She develops project proposals and design guidelines working closely with clients throughout the process.

Reham Yehia Hussien

Senior Associate

A highly versatile architect and a trusted team leader, Reham joined GAJ in 2013 as a Senior Architect and was recently promoted to Senior Associate in recognition of her skills and abilities.

Andrew Milburn

Andrew Milburn


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

Swati Rokade


As an architect and a design development manager, Swati joined GAJ in 2014 as a Senior Architect. She is highly respected within the team as a capable pair of hands, particularly onsite where she leads large multi-national teams on diverse projects.

Senthil Kumar


Senthil is a highly committed and capable designer with expertise in residential and commercial design and implementation. Since joining GAJ as an architect in 2006 he has progressively enhanced his skills based on existing proficiencies in design and development.

Keith Gavin


Keith Gavin is a Partner (Design Director) at GAJ and has been with the company since 2003. Originally from South Africa, Keith spent eight years with a design-led firm there working on a range of master planning, residential, commercial and hospitality projects before moving to Dublin in 2001 to gain greater international experience.