Company: Norr Group Consultants
Designation: Vice president
Technical know-how, a drive to succeed in a competitive business environment and an awareness of building aesthetics are combined in the designs of Yahya Jan of Norr International, whose projects include the landmark Emirates Towers in Dubai.
“I find there are natural synergies in a combined leadership role in leading design and winning new work,” he said.
Jan has acted as design director and vice president of the company since 2004. Norr’s projects include the Avenues Mall and the Trade Center Tower in Kuwait, as well as Dubai’s Shangri-La Hotel and Al Fattan Towers.
He is also a regular speaker at universities in the GCC region and makes time to share his experiences and offer advice to young architects.
His outlook for the future of the architecture and construction sector in the UAE remains positive, as he feels that the region has a huge scope for architects to exercise creativity in designing buildings.
But Jan – who worked for a decade on design projects in New York and Boston – also believes architects should question what he considers to be a formulaic approach to vertical development and look at new ideas when it comes to high-density living.
“Societies in the Middle East, especially the Gulf States, are changing. People here are recognising that with success comes the opportunity to change some of the traditional ways things are done,” he said.