The practice’s first overseas office will open in Doha this autumn
Allies & Morrison partner Tim Makower said: ‘Our philosophy is to take a contextual approach to the places we work so that the design reflects the unique character of that city or country.
‘The Middle East is an exciting region to put this philosophy to the test as each city and country within it has a different context.’
Allies & Morrison are developing the first phase of the ‘Heart of Doha’, a £3.5bn masterplan to rebuild 35ha of Qatar’s capital city, with Arup and Edaw (pictured above). The practice is also working in Beirut, Cairo and Bahrain.
Associate director Simon Gathercole added: ‘The Middle East is a spectacular place in which to create new buildings. We have a flexible approach to our work that allows us to work across all the countries in the region.
‘While they may have climatic similarities, there is an exciting level of cultural diversity across the region which gives each state a strong identity. This gives us clues to achieving a truly contextual architecture.’