Sustainability Team LeaderBuro Happold

Having gained construction sector experience in the UK, USA, and UAE, including working with the Copenhagen Government to develop green city initiatives and other sustainability policies, Farah now oversees sustainability in Dubai for BuroHappold Engineering. She’s heavily involved in developing the practice’s sustainability strategy for building- and city-level urban planning, resource-efficient planning, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, and liveability for Arab cities in the Middle East. Plus, she looks after UK and European projects in her capacity as technical specialist in building performance evaluation for passive and low energy.

Naz was a prime mover in creating the strategy for the first zero energy building in the UK which, subsequently, won the 2015 RIBA Sustainable Buildings Award. And, currently, she’s working on the sustainability projects across the region including the Museum of the Future, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Bee’ah headquarters, a sustainability pavilion for EXPO 2020, and Masdar masterplanning.

Meanwhile, Farah is a major contributor to BuroHappold’s drive for innovation in health and wellbeing across the built environment. She’s also involved in several international masterplanning and infrastructure projects – the climate-change adaptation of tall towers and the future-proofing of buildings, as well as architectural design competitions focused on green principles, and strategic energy solutions for eco cities.

In addition, she helped win and develop competitive projects - the Retrofit For Future initiative for eco-refurbishing social housing in London, sponsored by the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), for example.

Specialisations: sustainability, the health and wellbeing agenda for smart cities, city resilience, and adopting the concepts of biomimicry and liveability for delivering future cities in the Middle East.

Farah is registered with the UK Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer. Furthermore, she’s a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council (EGBC), CIBSE UAE chapter, and a member of CIBSE UK Resilient Cities Group and CIBSE Council UK.