Populous Architect Recognised in RIBAJ Rising Star Awards
In its inaugural year, the RIBAJ Rising Stars Awards, in association with Origin, aims to recognise the talents of design team members early in their careers.
A Principal in Populous’ London office, Shireen’s award commendation noted that, “The judges wondered if, rather than being a rising star, Shireen Hamdan has already risen. But she does indeed meet the criterion of it being less than 10 years since her part 2, and her role as the youngest principal at Populous testifies to her accomplishments.
“The Middle East has become a major growth area for this large sports and entertainment specialist. Hamdan’s Beirut heritage and fluency in Arabic makes her ideally placed to help further the practice’s work there. For the last two years, she has been leading project teams and bids for high-profile venue designs in the region.”
Populous EMEA MD Christopher Lee said, “Shireen is the definition of what this award recognizes. Extraordinarily talented as an architect, a natural leader, and above all, a committed member of the team, she has demonstrated all of these attributes through her guidance of a number of incredibly intricate and complicated projects. Her work takes a contextualized and nuanced view of a project brief, leading to cutting-edge designs that completely understand and embrace their setting and environment.”
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