Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 7, 2018: Leading global architecture and design firm Woods Bagot, has announced the promotion of Matthew Engele to the position of Principal within the company’s Middle East Studio. Matthew has been an integral part of the studio’s development in recent years designing innovative, large scale projects in the MENA region. In his new position Matthew will be managing future strategic growth with the Regional Executive management team and will continue to lead the Middle East studio’s high performance design teams.

Matthew has over a decade of international experience in the Middle East, USA and Europe and joined Woods Bagot as the Regional Design Leader. He is an award winning architect whose experience includes a wide-range of projects including cultural and community developments, urban design and renewal, high density residential, education, retail, hotels and large-scale complex mixed used developments.

Matthew won the prestigious Middle East & North Africa Architect of The Year award in 2016 and has been listed on the Design Mena’s 40 most powerful architects. He is a regular critic and guest lecturer at various universities in the UK, USA and UAE.

Commenting on the promotion, Richard Fenne, Principal and Studio Chair at Woods Bagot, said: We are proud to recognize the accomplishments of Matthew who has made significant contributions through design excellence and creating important client relationships. He truly embodies Woods Bagot’s values and is a champion of our People Architecture Design Manifesto.”

Speaking about the promotion, Matthew Engele added: “Woods Bagot has a fantastic multi-disciplinary approach and proven track record of providing creative design solutions through a global studio model. I am excited to work with my fellow Principals to build on our strong foundations as an innovative design practice, by continuing to provide bespoke services that meet the goals of our diverse client base.”

Before joining Woods Bagot, Matthew was the Regional Design Director at DWP and has also worked for the internationally renowned firms Zaha Hadid and OMA. He played football at the national youth level for Australia and professional football in Italy and the Scotland before pursuing a career in architecture. Matthew holds a Masters of Architecture & Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, USA.

About Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company, placing human experience at the centre of the design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space. We do this as a global design and consulting studio with a team of over 995 experts across 15 studios spanning four continents.

Our Global Studio model allows us to work collaboratively across time zones and borders, using the latest technology to share design intelligence and strengthen our knowledge base around the world.

Based in the United Arab Emirates for over 15 years our experienced team of architects, interior designers and urban designers have a profound understanding of the local culture.