With MEAN, Riyad has worked on projects ranging in scale, from products to buildings. The unifying aspect of his work is to utilize a critical approach to designing with a local mindset while using advanced processes for planning and construction.
Riyad worked in Hong Kong and New York from 2012- 2017 at the intersection of academia and practice, with a focused interest in design that is at the nexus of technology, material research, and computation.
He earned his Master of Architecture with Distinction at the Emergent Technologies & Design program at the AA School of Architecture in London.
MEAN* Is an Innovative Architecture Practice that works at the nexus of design and emergent technologies.
Since its inception in 2016, MEAN* has developed projects of varying scales and functions. The overarching theme of the work produced by MEAN* responds to the contemporary context of the Middle East, developing a site-specific, native architectural language in juxtaposition to avant-garde technologies.
MEAN* utilizes cutting-edge computational design processes and digital fabrication tools to leverage the quality of architectural solutions. Our mission is to amalgamate computation, material research, and digital fabrication, to provide interdisciplinary solutions that respond to current economic, environmental, and social challenges.
MEAN* worked on projects ranging from large public buildings, residential, retail to small experimental structures and products. Most of which had been praised by international awards and publications for the innovative approach taken to materiality, fabrication methods, and outstanding design quality.
A major focus in the body of work at MEAN* remains rooted in the preservation of the character, ecology, and history of the locale, while projecting towards a globalized future. We aim to produce contemporary, visionary, and world-class architecture -with a vernacular mindset.