About

48
largest AE firm by BD+C
30
hospitality ranking
50
multi-family ranking
24
retail ranking
350 sqkm
area master planned
12 bil
value of work constructed
75 sqkm
built-up area
400 +
team members

Who We Are

AE7 is a multi-disciplinary design firm built to be a global organization. Our practice transcends traditional borders, providing innovative approaches to evolving challenges. We succeed through structuring our practice differently through the principles we apply, the markets we reach, the cultures we intimately know, and the solutions we ultimately offer. This character informs a design approach largely unrestrained by conventional limitations. The breadth of knowledge we draw upon for services ranging from concept through construction is as diverse as our workforce, reflecting our collective transnational imagination. We operate as partners to our clients for each project, providing comprehensive services and flexible solutions that ensure development potential that exceeds expectations. Across the globe, AE7 is comprised of architects, landscape designers, planners, engineers, visualization specialists, and project managers who offer an unparalleled range of services.

Approach

Creative vision, strategic thinking, and ambitious solutions are at the core of our practice.

Value-added: Linking Design to Business Feasibility

We combine planning and design expertise with financial modeling, development consulting, and visualization to empower our clients to make informed, strategic decisions. Along with this holistic approach, we bring creative vision and inspiration to every project, cultivating beautiful, unexpected, and enduring experiential designs. Our unconventional approach helps us think beyond the scope of a project to maximize value from multiple standpoints and enable our clients to capitalize on every opportunity that we make possible.

Tailored Solutions, Global Scale

We are a truly international firm uniquely positioned to address global challenges. Hailing from over forty countries, our staff reflects the diversity of our global communities and brings an array of cultural knowledge and expertise to each project. Our teams’ background and experiences intermix to create design solutions grounded in unique global perspectives, tailored to the individual localized needs of the client.

While having access to the resources of a global firm, AE7 embodies a small-practice’s sense of shared purpose. This combination gives us the benefit of supplying each of our clients with the knowledge and specialties of a robust corporation while maintaining the swift adaptability and shared investment in outcomes of a tight-knit workplace.

Team-based Creative Process

Whether collaborating virtually or in-person, our globally diverse team members develop long-standing creative relationships unrestricted by geography. By embracing our cultural and experiential diversity we learn from each other, enhance design ideas, and fuse innovative solutions. From junior designers to principals, each individual has an opportunity to contribute their unique insight to the process. With this sense of diverse collaboration driving our practice, AE7 has built a business that reflects our values and creative passions.

History

AE7 was established by five architects and two engineers who for many years shared a vision of creating an international design firm that reflects who they are as professionals and individuals. Going beyond simply working on international projects, the firm had to bring a high level of design, financial and development literacy, globally efficient processes, and cultural diversity.

In 2009, we began our journey in Dubai developing ambitious visions of new environments, many of which we then helped realize as multi-phased development projects. Through the scale and complexity of these projects, we showcased our ability to create destinations and experiences that attract people while meeting clients’ financial and functional goals.

Today, we are full-service planning, architecture, and engineering firm with hundreds of employees collaborating across dozens of cities around the world. Together, we have created a global team of ambitious professionals advocating for our clients and our values.

To learn more about our corporate hubs in the Middle East, North America, and Europe, click here.

Our People

Haydar K. Hassan
Haydar K. Hassan
Chairman | Board of Directors
Tomas Gulisek
Tomas Gulisek
Principal | Design Director | Board of Directors
John C. H. Kim
John C. H. Kim
Principal | Design Director | Board of Directors
Ibrahim Altahan
Ibrahim Altahan
Principal | IT Director | Board of Directors
Jeff Wetzel
Jeff Wetzel
Principal | Practice Director | Board of Directors
George Girgis
George Girgis
Principal | Practice Director | Board of Directors
Erik Hokanson
Erik Hokanson
Principal | Design Director | Board of Directors
Fuad Mohammad
Fuad Mohammad
Principal | Head of Infrastructure | Board of Directors
Shef Emam
Shef Emam
Principal | Director of Engineering | Board of Directors
Mahmoud Kazziha
Mahmoud Kazziha
Principal | Practice Director | Board of Directors
Florian Klein
Florian Klein
Principal, Head of Oberhausen Office & Landscape Architecture Practice Lead
Mahmoud Ghunaim
Mahmoud Ghunaim
Principal | Head of Amman Office
Marwan Houry
Marwan Houry
Principal
Maya Bsaibes
Maya Bsaibes
Principal | Head of Interior Design
Michal Sistik
Michal Sistik
Design Director | Head of Bratislava Office
Philip Wilkinson
Philip Wilkinson
Principal
Teresa Bucco
Teresa Bucco
Principal
Jimmy Tadros
Jimmy Tadros
Principal | Design Director
Ahmed Eldakroury
Ahmed Eldakroury
Director of Expert Services and Quality Controls, Technical Director
Bashar Tamimi
Bashar Tamimi
Director of Legal and Contracts
Bharat Harwani
Bharat Harwani
Practice Director
Chris Upton
Chris Upton
Healthcare Practice Leader
Hugo Pipa
Hugo Pipa
Director of Master Planning & Urban Design
Flavy Dmello
Flavy Dmello
Director of HR and Administration
Hussein Daabas
Hussein Daabas
Director of Structural Engineering
Yusra Saleh
Yusra Saleh
Managing Director | Riyadh
Marwan Bsaibes
Marwan Bsaibes
Vice President of Strategy
Mohamed Mohasseb
Mohamed Mohasseb
Director of Construction Management & Administration
Mohammad Abu Sakhilah
Mohammad Abu Sakhilah
Director of Contract Administration
Mohammad Al Feheili
Mohammad Al Feheili
Director of Electrical Engineering
Mohammed Zannouneh
Mohammed Zannouneh
Design Director
Tomas Korim
Tomas Korim
Senior Associate | BIM Technologies
Siji Kunnath
Siji Kunnath
Director of Graphic Design
Martin Vargan
Martin Vargan
Senior Associate, Projects Design
Tamer Ismail
Tamer Ismail
Design Director
Tarik Nour
Tarik Nour
Projects / Practice Director
Srinivasa Rao
Srinivasa Rao
Director of Mechanical Engineering
Ziad Isaac
Ziad Isaac
Senior Associate | Marketing and Branding
Paul Matelic
Paul Matelic
Vice President of Middle East Projects
Mustafa Jamal Aldin
Mustafa Jamal Aldin
Senior Associate | BIM Technologies

Our Expertise

Commercial
Commercial
Destination Development
Destination Development
Development Creation
Development Creation
Engineering
Engineering
Food & Beverage
Food & Beverage
Health & Wellness
Health & Wellness
High-rise
High-rise
Higher Education
Higher Education
Hospitality
Hospitality
Interior Design
Interior Design
Island Developments
Island Developments
Master Planning
Master Planning
Mixed-Use
Mixed-Use
Nature Reserves
Nature Reserves
Public & Civic
Public & Civic
Public Realm & Landscape
Public Realm & Landscape
Residential
Residential
Retail
Retail
Sustainability
Sustainability
Waterfront Developments
Waterfront Developments