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We are the largest!!


We at AIA Middle East are proud to announce that after a short FOUR YEARS in operation, we have grown to become the largest of the International Chapters. We wish to thank all of you who have supported us, particularly our sponsors, members and chapter officers who have worked tirelessly to acheive this incredible milestone!


Founding President Thierry Paret, FAIA elevated to College of Fellows

Former AIA Middle East President Thierry Paret, FAIA became the first member from the Middle East Chapter to be elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows during the 2014 National Convention held in Chicago on June 27th.  Mr. Paret was presented with his medal by AIA President, Helene Dreiling, FAIA and the Chancellor of the College of Fellows William J. Stanley III, FAIA. Thierry was also the only fellow to be elevated from the AIA International Region this year.

Founded in 1952, the College of Fellows is composed of members of the Institute who are elected to Fellowship by a jury of their peers.  Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA can bestow upon a member.  Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also elevates before the public and the profession those architects who have made significant contributions to architecture and society.  Out of a total membership of 84,000 approximately 3000 members are fellows. Thierry was the only new fellow from the AIA International Region to be elevated in 2014.

2014 AIA Middle East Chapter President Loay Quota, AIA and AIA Middle East Chapter Fellowship Director Steven Miller, FAIA attended the two hour long ceremony.

The investiture ceremony was held in Chicago’s historic Roosevelt Theatre designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler in 1888.


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Call for Papers | Design Honor Awards

AIA Middle East is pleased to announce our second annual conference and Design Honor Awards Program!  Below is our call for papers as well as the announcement of our annual design awards program; a standard in the GCC design industry.

We look forward to welcoming you to the conference and celebrating excellence in design through our awards program.  For more details, please go to!

Event Details:

Date: 14 & 15 November 2014


The 2014 Board of Directors of AIA Middle East


The AIA & ITA Announce Qatar Mission


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By Derek Washam, Manager, Federal & International Programs

The American Institute of Architects and the International Trade Administration are happy to announce another opportunity to expand prospects for architects overseas with a trade mission to Doha, Qatar from November 17-19, 2014, with an optional mission stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this mission is to introduce U.S. firms to the expanding and diversifying Qatari and Saudi markets. Both countries continue to develop new infrastructure projects as they broaden their economic scopes. The mission will focus on opportunities for U.S. exporters in master planning (city or regional planning, and port redevelopment); hospitals and healthcare architecture; hospitality; airports and other transportation facilities; mixed-use projects; sports and entertainment; and educational facilities.

In Doha, mission participants will have market briefings with the Commercial Service and industry experts, networking opportunities with local industry experts, business-to-business meetings, site visits, meetings with government officials, and more. The optional stop in Riyadh from November 15-17 will include business-to-business meetings, market briefings, and site visits.

The participation fee for the trade mission to Qatar is $2900 for small or medium-sized enterprises and $3,000 for large. The fee for each additional representative is $750.

The additional participation fee for the Saudi Arabia optional stop is $2000 for small or medium-sized enterprises and an additional $2600 for large firms. The fee for each additional representative to add on the Saudi Arabia optional stop is $350.

For more information, please refer to the mission statement found here. Recruitment for this mission will begin immediately and conclude no later than September 15, 2014.

For an application and other information, please visit or contact Arica Young, U.S. Commercial Service, at or 202-482-6219. Further questions about the AIA’s involvement in trade missions should be directed to Derek Washam, the AIA’s Manager of Federal & International Programs, at 202-626-7595 or


Optional Pre-Mission Stop in Saudi Arabia

Saturday—November 15


Arrive in Riyadh

Sunday—November 16


Market briefings from CS and industry experts

Networking Lunch

Business-to-Business meetings

Monday—November 17


Site Visits

Travel to Doha


Monday—November 17


Arrive in Doha

Welcome Briefing and/or Related Networking Event

Tuesday—November 18


Market briefings from CS and industry experts

Networking lunch with local industry representatives

Business-to-Business meetings

Site Visits

Wednesday—November 19


Meetings with local industry and government officials

Networking lunch with local industry representatives

Business-to-Business meetings

Possible Press Event

Site Visit

Mission Officially ends.