Currently overseeing Foster + Partners’ Dubai office and several projects in the region, such as a new cultural project for Sharjah and a mixed-use residential community in Dubai, Dara Towhidi is an RIBA chartered architect. He joined the internaitonal practice in 1997, after gaining first class honours from the Bartlett School of Architecture. His experience includes leading high-profile international projects, which includes Kamakura House in Japan, Bund Financial Centre in Shanghai and Index Tower in Dubai, an 80-storey mixeduse project, which was later awarded the CTBUH’s Best Tall Building in the Middle East in 2011. He has also worked on the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi and led the winning scheme for the Creative Community in Dubai’s Design District (d3). Towhidi takes an active role in the design community in Dubai, and speaks widely. He also maintains a role on the AUD Advisory Board.