Power Hour 2022: Brian Johnson, Managing Partner at Godwin Austen Johnson, Ranks 29th
Brian has maintained an almost constant presence in the Gulf region since 1975 and in 1991 he opened the GAJ headquarters in Dubai.
Highly respected in the industry and throughout the region as a talented architect Brian believes “Architecture has always been a collaborative design process and the fact that the various other disciplines involved in the design of a building are becoming even more specialist means that architects have to work hard to appreciate and understand the opportunities and limitations that these various inter-dependent specialist design elements add to what needs to be a holistic design approach. Within GAJ we aim to provide bespoke one-off design solutions that respond to and build on the client’s hopes and aspirations to provide a lasting, functional and attractive environment.”
Brian’s influence on modern Middle Eastern architecture is undeniable and comprises some of the region’s most recognisable and prized buildings. Among them is Dubai Creek Golf Club, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and the Royal Mirage Hotel Arabian Court Residence & Spa, Dubai.
His distinctive style and uncompromising resolve for design excellence has made Brian and GAJ a preferred partner for many distinguished projects across the region. Under his direction the firm has a number of projects under design or under construction including a new resort development – part of Ashar Development in Saudi Arabia; a new residential district in KSA and a new hospitality project in Al-Ula County, KSA.
The team have recently completed the ISG School in Al Khobar, the Warner Bros Hotel in Abu Dhabi and the DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Riyadh and are currently working on two new schools as well as a hospitality and residential project in Dubai.