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Farid Esmaeil studied architecture at the American University of Sharjah School of Design 1997-2003. He co-founded X–Architects in 2003 in Dubai, over the past 13 years, the office has developed an international reputation with significant diverse portfolio of projects ranging work, from master plans, civic and cultural buildings, offices and residential buildings to private houses. X-architects believes in design as a process. The Studio research into creating a built environment that is adaptive and contextual. Our sensible, yet critical design approach recognizes the inherent complexity in modern day building and harnesses this complexity to produce projects that are culturally robust, place sensitive and environmentally friendly.
His work has been recognized internationally through various awards. He was awarded the Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction 2008, the Arc Middle-East award for Architecture 2009 and 2010, the Cityscape Award for Sustainable master plan. Farid has lectured and in various universities and institutions worldwide and he is a regular guest critic. He was a speaker at TEDx in Abu Dhabi, Harvard University, University of Toronto and Doha Architecture Forum. He exhibited and contributed to Venice Biennale 2008, 2014 and 2016, Louisiana museum of modern Art and Archiprix.
Currently he is working on several projects including the Darb Al Mashaer Master Plan (Mecca), the UAE Embassy (Qatar), the conservation and extension of the Sheikh Mohamed Bin Khalifa House (AlAin) and The Lusail Housing (Doha).