April 27, 2017

Interview with Steven Velegrinis

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Steven Velegrinis, director of urban design at Perkins+Will in Dubai, talks to ProLandscaper Gulf about his origins in the industry and the future of landscaping in the region. What made you want to take up landscape architecture as a career originally? I didn’t know that I wanted to be a landscape architect from the beginning and it took me a while to realise. My original degree was in urban planning and for the first few years of my career, I worked in local government in Australia. I did my postgraduate degree in heritage conservation, but again it proved to not…

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The big interview: Rudayna Abdo

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Rudayna Abdo, past director of planning at Otak International, discusses the origins of Otak as well as the major challenges and opportunities facing development in the region. You’ve been in urban planning for 20 years – what made you want to take it up as a career? I started my academic training as an architect but, by the end of my undergraduate studies, I became interested in larger scaled projects and the social implications of the built landscape. I was also attracted to the multidisciplinary aspects of urban planning, so making the transition seemed the natural next step for me….

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The big interview: Ahmed Bukhash

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Archidentity’s chief architect and founder talks to Pro Landscaper Gulf about landscaping trends in the region, sustainability, and what the future may hold in store for the industry. How long ago did the business start? We established the company five years ago. It was based on carrying out high-end residential housing work. We are not only limited to that but we wanted to build a strong foundation. Now we have many projects around Dubai and we’ve also been invited to tender for a couple of projects in Qatar. When you design architecture for a villa, do you also design gardens…

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The big interview: Muhammad Nadeem Anwar

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Muhammad Nadeem Anwar tells us about his young company Hortus Landscaping Works LLC which is thriving in the Dubai landscaping market. Tell us a little about yourself… I have a master’s degree in landscape horticulture and have horticultural certifications from the UK, Australia and Singapore, so I am one of the most qualified people in this field within the UAE. I am a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and the UK’s Landscape Institute – one of the world’s leading landscape architecture institutions. How long has Hortus been in business? Hortus is just about three years old now but I…

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The big interview: Kamelia Bin Zaal

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Pro Landscaper Gulf interviews the first Emirati to design a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We ask Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari, about her career in garden design, how she got involved with the prestigious London event and why she’s planning for a greener future in her home country. How did you get into garden design? I grew up watching my father, who was always in the garden. He loves flowers and the sense of peace a garden can give. I worked in the government for four years and while I enjoyed it, I…

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The Big Interview – Nehme Moujaess

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Nehme Moujaess established TerraVerde ten years ago. Here he talks about the challenges of running an outdoor design company in the UAE How did you develop your interest in garden design and landscaping? I have always had an appreciation for beauty. Naturally, I like to look at beautiful things and this is where my interest in design originates from. I look at gardens and landscapes specifically as it adds value and enriches the way we live. A garden isn’t just an outdoor space, but an extension and reflection of peoples’ personality and style. What training and qualifications do you have? I graduated from The American University of Beirut, achieving a…

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The big interview: Nehme Moujaess

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Nehme Moujaess established TerraVerde ten years ago. Here he talks about the challenges of running an outdoor design company in the UAE. How did you develop your interest in garden design and landscaping? I have always had an appreciation for beauty. Naturally, I like to look at beautiful things and this is where my interest in design originates from. I look at gardens and landscapes specifically as it adds value and enriches the way we live. A garden isn’t just an outdoor space, but an extension and reflection of peoples’ personality and style. What training and qualifications do you have?…

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The Big Interview – Kamelia Bin Zaal

Kamelia Bin Zaal

Pro Landscaper Gulf interviews the first Emirati to design a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. We ask Kamelia Bin Zaal, Creative Director at Al Barari, about her career in garden design, how she got involved with the prestigious London event and why she’s planning for a greener future in her home country How did you get into garden design? I grew up watching my father, who was always in the garden. He loves fl owers and the sense of peace a garden can give. I worked in the government for four years and while I enjoyed it, I felt as if something was missing….

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