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Shaw Contract names “Best of Region – Middle East & Africa”

Shaw Contract names “Best of Region – Middle East & Africa” winners in its 17th Design Awards programme

Now in its 17th year, the Shaw Contract Design Awards programme is a chance to recognise the spaces that inspire new ways of living, working, learning, and healing through the design lens.

Our 2022 Design Awards programme had almost 600 entries submitted from 44 countries around the world. All projects entered proceeded to the first stage of judging; where an elite panel of industry design leaders collaborated in each region to select the first ever “Best of Region” winners in the history of the Awards.

We are delighted to announce that “Best of Region – Middle East & Africa” are:

UAQ FTZA Headquarters, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by The NIU Studio

The Judges said: “This project displays craftmanship of form, a very thorough project narrative, and the finishes and furniture blend well and naturally. A very accomplished design.”

Pharma Innovator, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by SAY Studio

The Judges said: “Great selection of fittings, and clear wayfinding through this project, and a pioneering project in the region, achieving the WELL Health and Safety rating.”

African Guarantee Fund, Nairobi, Kenya by Symbion Kenya Limited

The Judges said: “With a biophilic approach to design to improve wellness and promote sustainability, the palette chosen blends well to successfully bring the outdoors in, and it has a real sense of place. We want to give this a special mention and recognise its ambition in Eastern Africa.”

The “Best of Region – Middle East and Africa” Judging Panel consisted of:

Karen Miller – Head of Interior Design, Gulf Consult – Kuwait; Adriana Graur – Design Director, dwp – Dubai, UAE, Zodwa van Toner – Lead Designer, INC Solutions – Johannesburg, SA, and Peter Mishreky – Design Manager, Al Tayer Stocks – Dubai, UAE.

Overall in the 2022 Awards, 37 projects were selected as Best of Region winners across the following judging panels: Best of Asia, Best of Australia & New Zealand, Best of Canada, Best of Greater China, Best of India, Best of Latin America, Best of Middle East & Africa, Best of UK & Continental Europe, and Best of USA.

Each Best of Region winner will now proceed to the next stage of judging, where a panel of international Design luminaries will award our of Best of Globe winners. Best of Globe winners will be announced October 2022.

About the programme

Each entry was reviewed to select the projects that represent the very best of design from each region, using the following criteria:

– Design process – clarity surrounding the design intentions and execution
– Holistic thinking – creating a space for all types of users for today and in the future
– Sustainable thinking – for people and planet

Shaw Contract’s vision is to celebrate the optimism of design, and its ability to influence our everyday lives. Together, we continue to create experiences that make a positive impact for people and the planet. For more information please go to

Other Best of Region winners globally:

• Citi Wealth Hub by Ministry of Design Pte Ltd | Singapore
• GAME FREAK Office by CANUCH Inc. | Japan
• Hilton Singapore Orchard by Avalon Collective | Singapore
• Microsoft office by UNION ARCHITECTS | Vietnam
• Nestle Jakarta by M. Moser Associates | Indonesia Australia and New Zealand
• Dandelion by MJA Studio | Australia
• EY Melbourne by Gensler | Australia
• IGO by Rezen | Australia
• Parmelia Hilton by Cox Architecture | Australia
• The Central/ Naumi Hotels by Undercurrent Studio | New Zealand

• Bill and Helen Norrie Library by LM Architectural Group | Canada
• CBRE by Shearer Design | Canada
• Central Park Presentation Pavilion by II BY IV DESIGN | Canada
• Geddes/Zimco by Kasian Architecture, Interior Design and Planning | Canada

Greater China
• Fund Office, 55th Floor, East Tower, Guangzhou by Guangzhou Inspiration Group | China
• Guangzhou Yu Zhu Harbor by JAMES LIANG & ASSOCIATES LIMITED | China
• Hang Lung Group by iDA Workplace | China
• The Executive Centre by Fiona Hardie ID | Hong Kong
• Zonkd by Space Matrix | China

• Bain Capital by M Moser Associates | India
• Browserstack by Space Matrix Design Consultants Pt Ltd | India
• Nvidia by DSP Design Associates | India
• Standard Chartered Bank – RMZ EcoWorld by M Moser Design Associates | India
• TAJ Lakefront – Bhopal by JOI-Design | India

Latin America
• Hotel NODO by OARQUITECTOS | Chile
• Perkins&Will Estudio Monterrey by Perkins&Will | Mexico
• PwC by Athié Wohnrath | Brazil
• Sede Insole Energia by Mobio Arquitetura | Brazil
• Viasat by Pitá | Brazil

UK & Continental Europe
• Bloc by Bruntwood Works | United Kingdom
• McCann Offices by Corvin Cristian Studio | Romania
• RaiseLab by Label Experience | France

• Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center by HGA | United States
• Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel by Gensler | United States



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