Tarik Al Zaharna, Director T.ZED Architects

Founder and Director of T.ZED Architects, Tarik is a graduate of the Bartlett School in London, and has a wide range of International Professional practice whereby he worked for Urban A&O in New York and Bolles+Wilson in Germany. His work experience across Europe, North America and the Middle East has further honed his abilities to practice Architecture globally and to be invited as a critic internationally. T.ZED Architects is the second Architecture and Design practice founded by Tarik in Dubai.

For him, Architecture is a craft that responds to program and context, and translates into internal spaces. With this philosophy, attention to detail has been consistent throughout his academic and professional career.

Based in Dubai, Tarik has a passion for developing and Architectural and Design language in the Middle East, nurturing the humble beginnings of what could become a new and dynamic Architectural Movement. His experiences have allowed him to position himself as a young pioneer in the steadily growing Design and Architecture scene of the Middle East. He is also a Founding Member of Design Ras Al Khor (DRAK) – a homegrown international design initiative founded by pioneering regional designers, as well as a Mentor selected by the British Council for the Cultural Excellence Fellowship Program launched by Abu Dhabi Music and Art Foundation.

Tarik is a frequently invited Critic at College of Architecture, Art and Design – American University of Sharjah, and has been an invited Critic at the Fachhochschule Münster, Germany.

Through his ‘Realization of Context’ talks at Pecha Kucha and Dubai X, he has visually reiterated past events to identify that the UAE is now ready for dynamic, passionate and details-oriented Architects.

His ongoing interest in the UAE’s context has developed into submissions for international Architectural competitions, as well as an ongoing consistency for delivering detail-rich, contextually relevant private as well as commercial projects in the region as well as internationally.

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