About the company
GAJ is one of the largest and longest-established UK architectural and design firms in the UAE. Throughout its 25 year history the company has created some of Dubai’s most iconic buildings and has helped define the emirate as we know it today.
An award-winning and multi-disciplinary architecture practice, GAJ has particular expertise in hospitality, education, leisure, residential and commercial design and masterplanning and provides expertise in the associated disciplines of architecture, interior design, specialist lighting and MEP.
GAJ originally started in the UK in 1989 as Godwin Austen Johnson. However its lineage of partnerships harks back to 1847 with a corporate archive of landmark British architecture throughout the industrial and modern ages.
In 1991 Principal and Managing Partner Brian Johnson opened the GAJ headquarters in Dubai. He had been practicing in the emirate since 1975 and saw exciting opportunities to contribute to the development of a new world city.
With nearly 40 years of regional experience to his name, Brian’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture has been pervasive. GAJ’s body of work comprises some of Dubai’s most recognisable and prized buildings.