RSP Dubai’s Michael Magill wins Architect of the Year, Triumphs with Armani Project in Saudi, Nobu in Abu Dhabi

RSP Dubai’s Managing Director/ Creative Director, Michael Magill, wins Architect of the Year awarded by Design Middle East on top of being on the publication’s “The Creative 30 Powerlist” featuring top designers in the region. 

In the feature, Michael shares the office’s recent project wins and projects nearing completion, rounding up a successful 2023 for the team. Expanding RSP’s work across Middle East, RSP Dubai won the design competition for the Armani Hotel and Luxury Branded Residences in Diriyah Gate, Saudi Arabia. Led by Michael, the team also won the project for Nobu Hotel & Branded Residences on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. It is the prestigious brand’s debut in the region.

"As we look back on the remarkable journey of our global design firm, I can't help but feel immensely proud of the milestones our team has achieved together. From groundbreaking projects that have redefined skylines to the innovative sustainable designs that have garnered international acclaim, our team has consistently pushed the boundaries of architectural excellence. As we come closer to ending another year, we are eager and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead. Our commitment to designing for humanity remains unwavering. We are dedicated to continuing our mission of crafting spaces that foster well-being, sustainability, and inclusivity, making a positive impact on communities around the world. I am honored and humbled to accept the title of Architect of the Year and to be recognized among the Creative 30 Powerlist. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Design Middle East for their continuous support and acknowledgment of my team's work. Together, we will continue to shape a world where architecture and design are powerful catalysts for improving people's lives."


BAPS Hindu Mandir

A monument upon the sand, the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is the first official temple complex built in the entire Middle East providing the Hindu community a variety of communal spaces, tranquil courtyards, exhibition halls, monks accommodation and amphitheatre.

The complex’s architectural design showcases an innovative approach in fusing the temple complex with the concept of an oasis, uniting its language with the surrounding desert environment. Reflecting important and powerful elements in Hinduism, the project emulates the essence of the Ghats and holy rivers in India within its design, creating a spiritual connection to the roots of the Hindu Religion.

The project is estimated to be completed by February 2024.

Image credits: Ellington Marketing Team

Ellington Beach House

By Ellington Properties, this development in Palm Jumeirah is exclusively for residents and maximizes the benefit of having panoramic views of the Palm, Atlantis and Burj Al Arab’s shoreline. It includes premium spa facilities, gym amenities and external landscape including swimming pools.

The interior design style of these residential towers is closely related to the bold Architecture creating a solid bond between the interiors and exteriors. The fusion of simple trendy luxurious furniture and feature walls with rich textured contrasting finishes, makes it a magnificent and comfort destination in a calming setting.


Wrapping up the exclusive feature, Michael stressed the importance of empowering budding designers to champion sustainability practices in their work. As leader of RSP’s global Design Council alongside RSP Singapore’s Senior Managing Director, Seah Chee Kien, Michael also shared that he trains his team to remain steadfast in safeguarding our environment, to shape a world where design meets humanity.