About Tarik Zaharna
Founder and Director of T.ZED Architects, Tarik is a graduate of The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL) in London, and has a wide range of international work experience including working with Urban A&O in New York and Bolles+Wilson in Germany. His professional practice across Europe, North America and the Middle East has further honed his abilities to practice architecture globally and to be invited as a critic internationally. T.ZED Architects is the second architecture and design practice founded by Tarik in Dubai.
For him, architecture is a craft that responds to program and context. With this philosophy, attention to detail has been consistent throughout his academic and professional career.
Based in Dubai, Tarik has a passion for developing and architectural and design language in the Middle East, nurturing the humble beginnings of what could become a new and dynamic architectural movement. His experiences have allowed him to position himself as a young pioneer in the steadily growing design and architecture scene of the Middle East. He is also a Founding Member of Design Ras Al Khor (DRAK) – a homegrown international design initiative founded by pioneering regional designers.
Through his ‘Realization of Context’ talks at Pecha Kucha and Dubai X, he has visually reiterated past events to identify that the UAE is now ready for dynamic, passionate and details-oriented architects.
His ongoing interest in the UAE’s context has developed into submissions for international architectural competitions, as well as an ongoing consistency for delivering detail-rich, contextually relevant private as well as commercial projects.