U+A is an innovative international multidisciplinary design practice that was founded in 2006 by Chartered Architects Pedram Rad and Pierre Martin Dufresne. Led by their combined 40-year global experience, they gained from countries in the Asia Pacific, North America, and the Middle East. U+A has grown into an award-winning brand with offices and reach in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, London, Riyadh and Montreal.
Who We Are
U+A’s award-winning design team brings expertise in various disciplines, from Architecture and Interior Design to Master planning, Landscape Design, and Construction Supervision. Our team has a reputation for delivering imaginative and mold-breaking designs. Beyond architectural and design services, U+A further assumes the responsibility of the consultant to its clients and offers insight and foresight in project development. The integrity and principled fashion in which the team of specialists work is largely why the firm’s reputation within the region is highly regarded and why the firm continues to win multiple awards for its designs.
U+A prides itself on being at the forefront of design innovation and has worked on some of the most prominent real estate developments in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe.
U+A’s growing team of highly qualified individuals handle each project with a broadly renown skillset and a vision-driven creative know-how to deliver impactful projects that align with our philosophy and values.
All our projects draw their purpose and design ethic from our commitment to enrich people’s lives and the world we live in. Pierre Martin Dufresne, Partner and Design Principle at U+A.
We adopt a sensible and practical approach to the framework of every project. Both aesthetic as well as technical considerations across all levels – Architectural, Interior Design, Master Planning, Landscape, or Construction Supervision – are addressed right from the very beginning.
Underpinning the firm’s success is its team of passionate, creative, and experienced specialists that combine global knowledge with local expertise. U+A architects, Interior designers, and engineers always strive to enhance the relationship between community and identity to others through aesthetically strong functional spaces.
Our design philosophy also commits to bettering the built environment by incorporating a robust framework for sustainable excellence. Passionate about collaboration and open communication, U+A supports and empowers its client’s briefs. We execute brief’s in a detail-orientated and precise manner. We are committed to design and construct projects in a feasible and environmentally viable way.
At U+A, remarkable talent merges with an equal-opportunity work environment, pushing in-house specialists to mature in terms of creativity, design-thinking and project management. The U+A family is key to the company’s success, and the happiness and motivation of the team, fostered by the holistic environment at each branch, promotes positive and objective work ethics.
Part of the office culture is its open-door policy – all U+A team members are welcome to interact openly regardless of designation. The transparent and friendly non-hierarchical workplace that U+A strives to maintain allows everyone to learn from one other. Many in the practice take part in sporting events and social activities, supported by the practice. U+A supports team sports and events through sponsorships as they’re integral to staff well-being and individual growth.
Many employees take part in sporting events and activities. U+A supports team sports through sponsorships as it is integral to the staff’s well being and individual growth.
U+A also organises regular social activities to celebrate cultural festivities or simply bring people together outside of the workplace.