Egyptian architects Archiform Consultants sets sights on Europe

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Medhat M. Nehad, founder and president of Archiform Consultants. - Supplied photo

Staff Report

Leading Cairo-headquartered architectural and interior design firm Archiform Consultants plans to drive new growth in its European business with the opening of offices in London and joint venture with Stibich Hospitality Solutions (SHS) in Düsseldorf.

The firm, which is a finalist in the Office Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2018, has already delivered projects in Germany and the United Kingdom, building on its long track record in the Middle East. Archiform will also be attending the annual London Design Festival, which takes place from 15 to 23 September in venues across the city.

“We’re excited by the response from European customers and the notable success of our design projects in Germany and the United Kingdom,” said Medhat M. Nehad, founder and president of Archiform Consultants. “Our new branch offices in London and joint venture with Düsseldorf-based Stibich Hospitality Solutions move us one step closer to our customers in Europe and allow Archiform to better support its business development.”

Archiform Consultants design and build turnkey architectural and interior design projects for residential, commercial and public spaces. The firm boasts its experience in a broad range of projects including villas and townhouse developments, hotels and leisure facilities, commercial facilities, offices, international airports and educational institutions. Archiform has also delivered interior design projects for a number of royal palaces and yachts in the Middle East.

The design firm is a finalist in the Office Design category of the SBID International Design Awards 2018, organised annually by the Society of British International Design (SBID). Celebrating talent and design excellence across all aspects of the interior design industry, the SBID Awards has become one of the most prestigious accolades in the business accepting entries from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America.

“We have had an overwhelming number of entries this year from more countries than in previous awards,” said founder and CEO of SBID Dr Vanessa Brady (OBE). “The calibre of finalists across all 14 categories, is a true reflection of the creative scope of the global design industry, depicting an international portfolio of projects from over 42 countries worldwide.”

Archiform‘s International Sales Centre project, designed for International property developer Al-Marasem Development, was short-listed by the SBID panel of judges.
“Al-Marasem’s international sales centre is a complete design story leading customers on a journey from the time that they arrive at the centre and park their cars in front of the building’, said Nehad. “Rather than simply creating a functional commercial space, we wanted to design a unique customer experience for visitors to the centre. A ceremonial walkway welcomes customers into a luxurious cube-shaped reception area, which uses natural day-light to provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.”

Each SBID entry undergoes a rigorous two-tier judging process by panels of leading industry experts for both technical content and aesthetic creativity, as well as evaluating brief compliance, budget, health and safety, and fit-for-purpose design. Votes from industry members also plays a large part in the awards, with more than 100,000 unique voters participating last year.

Archiform’s founder Medhat is a professional accredited member of SBID (Society of British International Design) in London, UK, and a professional active member of the Syndicate of Professional Engineers in Cairo, Egypt.

Archiform is a family business that was established in 1997 by founders, Medhat Nehad, now president and his wife Rehab O. Zordok (MBA-Liverpool), now executive director. Over the years, the firm has completed projects for the Asia and Europe and the Middle East.