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Adrian Smith Voices Excitement over Opportunities Presented by Saudi Arabia’s Urban Landscape

Adrian Smith Voices Excitement over Opportunities Presented by Saudi Arabia’s Urban Landscape

Sunday, 24 April, 2022 - 09:30
Adrian Smith and his partner Gordon Gill worked in their latest design work of Al Wasl Dome at Expo 2020 Dubai, Asharq Al-Awsat

World renowned architect Adrian Smith said that Saudi Arabia is moving quickly towards becoming one of the most developed countries. This follows the Kingdom witnessing unprecedented transformation and remarkable growth since the launch of “Saudi Vision 2030” in 2016, which attracted the world’s attention.

Smith explained that he is very excited about the abundant opportunities that await designers and architects to shape the architectural landscape in the Kingdom, by creating more advanced buildings, and contributing to its growing success.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, the designer and partner in “Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture” pointed out that Saudi Arabia has worked to diversify its economy without relying on oil.

According to Smith, the huge projects that the Kingdom revealed in recent years will be key to achieving its ambitions, stressing that the size of these projects, their innovative designs and construction method will play a key role in launching new sectors in the Kingdom.

Smith revealed that he is looking forward to cooperating and providing architectural services to Saudi businessman Abdulaziz Al-Turki, Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Rawabi Holding”, “Nesma & Partners” and “Magnum Real Estate Company,” at a time when he plans to work with other investors to develop major projects in the region.

He explained that architectural designs have evolved over the years to become more diverse and sustainable, from designing small spaces to famous and huge buildings.

Today's engineers and architects are more aware and concerned with the environment - a correct trend considering the increase in carbon emissions and their continuing impact on the safety and well-being of future generations.

Moreover, architects are increasingly interested in human-centered experiences, design concepts that consider the relationship between urban structure and people's needs.

When designing for a country like Saudi Arabia, climate and geography play an important role, and engineers and designers must devise concepts that take into account the religious and cultural characteristics of the country, explained Smith.

As Saudi Arabia continues its transformation in line with the vision of its ambitious leadership, it is important to combine the functional and design aspects of projects while ensuring that costs remain under control, he stressed.

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