From 1 November, Cassiano Sala will be our new director for the Middle East. Based in Dubai, he'll be the main point of contact for all future projects in the region. In this role, Cass will be combining his knowledge of the area and his expertise in film making, photography and project management. He studied architecture and has worked as a producer for Squint for four years in the Australia and UK studios. Having grown up in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, Cass speaks Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Pashto and English and is learning Arabic. If you'd like to talk through your project please contact Cass on +971 56 282 0770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before he left, Cass shared a few thoughts about his new role...
What are you looking forward to most about working in Dubai?
The Middle East is such an exciting place to be right now with the growth of the region in the past 20 years being so extensive and surpassing expectations. I have already worked on some great projects in the region but now having a base in Dubai gives myself and Squint a great opportunity to be part of the continual development of the UAE and the wider region.
What's your favourite building?
In the Middle East or the whole world?! In the Middle East it has to be Burj Al Arab and in the world too many to choose from!
What's your favourite cafe or restaurant in Dubai?
Anywhere that does Friday brunch!
Whats your top 3 things to do in the UAE?
Sand boarding, water crossing and Friday brunch.
What will you miss most about London?
The weather and the traffic! lol...Nothing! Maybe my espresso machine!
And finally, here's a selection of projects in the Middle East Cass has worked on..