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Paret Elevated to FAIA

Doha – January 31  – The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated Thierry Paret to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Thierry Paret will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2014 National AIA Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.

The Fellowship program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession.  Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.

2014 Fellows

Out of a total AIA membership of over 83,000, there are fewer than 3,100 distinguished with the honor of fellowship and honorary fellowship. The elevation to fellowship is conferred on architects with at least 10 years of membership in the AIA in one or more of the following nomination categories:

1. Promoted the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession

2. Advanced the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice

3. Coordinated the building industry and the profession of architecture through leadership in the AIA and other related professional organizations

4. Advanced the living standards of people through an improved environment

5. Made the profession of ever-increasing service to society


Thierry Paret is an American architect who was both the founder and first President of the AIA Middle East Chapter from 2010 to 2012. He currently is the Treasurer and Director of the AIA International Region, the body responsible for the American Institute of Architects International affairs.  He has over 23 years of architectural experience with 10 of those spent in Europe and the Middle East. Thierry has served on AIA National’s Membership Committee (2012 -2013) and previously served on AIA National’s Community Committee.

Thierry received his Bachelor of Architecture from the renowned Pratt Institute in New York City. He is a registered architect in the States of New York, Nevada and the Republic of Ireland. He has extensive international experience and is well known in the Middle East. He has designed and worked on high profile projects in New York, Ireland, Abu Dhabi and Dubai prior to moving to Qatar. He has worked with AIA Award winning New York firms Wank Adams Slavin, Ralph Applebaum Associates and HDR. His work includes a broad range of public, private and corporate projects such as National Health Laboratories New York headquarters, the Jurassic Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, offices for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Whilst living in Ireland he led the design on projects for Genzyme, Johnson & Johnson, University County Cork, PM Group, Enable Ireland and Amgen’s European Headquarters. Thierry has also worked on large educational, corporate headquarters and high end residential master plan projects in the UAE.  He currently is a Design Advisor for the government of Qatar working on a wide range of initiatives and policies effecting projects throughout the country.  



9-12 March 2014: The Big 5 Saudi

 big 5 saudi

  • · Name of Exhibition – The Big 5 Saudi
  • · Dates – 9 - 12 March 2014
  • · Timings – 4 – 10pm
  • · Venue - Jeddah Centre for Forum and events
  • · Ticket Price – FREE online registration, visit
  • · Organizer by: M.I.C.E Arabia, Co-organised by: dmg events (Both names must be included)
  • · Contact Number - +971 4 438 0355
  • · Email:
  • · Profile –

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's largest gathering for construction products and services returns from 9 - 12 March 2014. The Big 5 Saudi has doubled in size and attracted 10,006 visitors from 54 countries, a 10 % increasing from 2013.

Some of the popular features returning in 2014 include the sell-out Concrete Repair Workshop, with already world-renowned experts, and the LEED Workshops on sustainable building concepts. Also returning is the Concrete Zone, which last year showcased over 60 international and Gulf exhibitors vast range of products from construction chemicals to block-making machinery.

New to The Big 5 Saudi will be the dedicated PMV Zone dedicated to plant, machinery and vehicles. This will include a wide spectrum of products from earth-moving equipment, truck mixers, tower cranes and lifting equipment.

The Big 5 Saudi has been running the prestigious Platinum Club. This invite-only group brings together key contractors from around the globe.

For more information, please visit


2013 Outgoing President's Message


AIA Middle East Conference: 20-22 November 2013

    Following various initiatives and events for the Architecture Industry which have seen the Middle East Chapter of the American Institute of Architects grow to become the second-largest of the AIA's 5 international chapters, AIA Middle East now introduces its Annual Conference marking its third year of formation. Taking place in Dubai the historic event will feature architectural presentations and seminars, as well as a full day program of guided tours of outstanding landmark projects exemplifying the architectural grandeur of the UAE.

The AIA Middle East Annual Conference also introduces the first ever AIA Middle East Awards Program, to honor works of excellence in architecture by its members and to bring outstanding examples of architecture to public attention.


This year's annual AIA Middle East conference will take place November 20th through the 22nd at The Address Hotel, Dubai Mall.  

The AIA Middle East Awards Program is open for submissions until October 31. Registration for the conference, gala dinner and tours are open until November 18. Please see the below program for details and registration.


Awards Registration:




Event Details:
Date: 20-22 November 2013


AUS Lecture: Snohetta