Interdisciplinary and award-winning architecture firm, Perkins+Will Dubai, announced the appointment of Elmutaz Elrabaa as its Healthcare Director for Middle East operations. As a registered architect, a LEED and EDAC accredited professional, Elrabaa has more than 18 years of extensive, global experience with a primary focus on institutional and healthcare architecture.

Perkins+Will has been working with a number of health centres globally for over 65 years. The firm’s healthcare practice in the Middle East has worked on recent projects such as King’s College Hospital and King’s College clinics and has a healthy pipeline for 2018.

Elrabaa has led global and multi-disciplinary teams across Canada, Middle East and Asia to deliver large-scale projects from inception through to client handover. Some of hisrecent projects include the CAD $ 550-million Niagara Health System Hospital in St. Cathrines, Ontario, Canada, the 510-bed Singapore General Hospital in Singapore and the 500-bed Columbia Jiaxing Hospital, China.

Elrabaa said: “I am a firm believer in design excellence and collaborating with concerned stakeholders of each project to achieve optimum results. Globally, healthcare design is undergoing an exciting evolution and the trend is reflected across Asia and the Middle East. I am thrilled to embark on this exciting journeay with a globally acclaimed firm like Perkins+Will.”

Elrabaa is an advocate of healthcare design research and has been a speaker in a number of international conferences across Asia. Recently Elrabaa was a keynote speaker in the 4th ArchXpo in Singapore where he spoke about the future trends for healthcare development in the ASEAN countries.

Before joining Perkins+Will, Elrabaa, a Canadian citizen, was Director of Healthcare at B+H Architects, a global Canadian firm based in Toronto, Canada. Elrabaa was responsible for delivering healthcare projects across Asia and Ontario, for seven years. Prior to this, Elrabaa delivered projects across the GCC during his tenure in Kuwait as Senior Architect at KEO International Consultants and at The Associated Engineering Partnership before that. Notable projects delivered by Elmutaz in the region include: Barwa Financial District, Al Ain University, Kuwait National Library and Kuwait National Cancer Centre.

Elrabaa graduated from Cairo University and has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a registered architect at Egyptian Engineers Syndicate (EEA)as well as Kuwait Society of Engineers. He has been honoured as an Accredited Professional Engineer by Kuwait Society of Engineers.

“At Perkins+Will we strive to create healthcare facilities that are innovative, smart and sustainably aesthetic, to schedule and budget. We are excited to have a seasoned professional like Elmutaz on board to lead the healthcare practice here in the Middle East where the design requirements of the sector are undergoing revolutionary and exciting changes,” said Perkins+Will’s Managing Director, Roger Wilson.