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. 

Their 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
  • Pharma Innovator, Dubai, United Arab Emirates by SAY Studio 
  • African Guarantee Fund, Nairobi, Kenya by Symbion Kenya Limited 

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.
  • 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.

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 

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