From working from home to managing 2 offices and 10 architects
30+ combined experience
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Following work at a studio in Bangalore, he moved to the Landmark Group in Dubai, where he spend 10 years and worked on large scale projects including the Landmark Tower and the Oasis Shopping Mall.
Dina first planted the idea of branching out on their own and the couple chose D3 as they wanted to be at the heart of a creative design community.
As a director of the company, Zain holds the demanding role of taking on responsibility for overall operation and expansion of the firm across the region.
Among his numerous projects are mixed-use, commercial, retail, leisure, F&B, residential and healthcare, all of which he approaches with the same care, attention to detail and with a people-first philosophy.
A key to the company’s success has been repeat clients who trust the practice, a committed team with professionalism at its core, the ability to listen and understand business partners, and an emphasis on showing value in reaching solutions and applying technical and servicing expertise.
These strategies and approaches enable Zain to provide a detailed translation of the ideas and visions of creative teams into buildable solutions, while also ensuring the complete process meets the three most important aspects in any successful design – cost and budget, time and deadlines, and overall quality.
His top projects include the KGA Group Office, JLT, Dubai, the Bloomsbury Café in Bangalore, Emirates Parks & Zoo Resort, the Bank Of Baroda Office and the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ajman.
The next stage for the company is expanding its operations to become a global practice in the next five years. Already active in India and Africa, DZ Design is looking at new and emerging markets to further its growth and broaden its ability to complete people-first projects which enrich the lives of those who live, work, or spend their leisure times within the spaces.
Born in India, Dina has spent most of her life in the UAE. After graduating from BLDEA School of Architecture in India, she went on to work for RC Architecture, with George John and Vijay Dsouza, two design powerheads who became her most important mentors.
While working at dwp and other large hospitality design firms, Dina gained valuable experience of telling authentic and compelling stories through design and creating spaces that always put people first. From Ramada, Crown Plaza and Radisson to Intercontinental, Hilton and Marriott, she’s done it all.
Some of her latest projects include design work for Oasis Mall in Dubai, Radisson, Citymax, Pullman, Movenpick, and Hilton hotels and one she’s particularly proud of – Emirates Park Zoo and Resort. This recent refurbishment project for a private client was done in two phases, immediately bringing 30% higher occupancy rate.
Described by her clients as “down-to-earth” and someone who brings VALUE to their vision, Dina fully understands the complexities of the business landscape in the Middle East, making her a reliable and trustworthy design expert for hospitality and luxury residential interior projects.
In the next five years, Dina will continue to break the barriers many Asian architects and designers face in larger firms. Regardless of their talent and expertise, they’re often managing sites and technical packages without client-facing roles. Dina would like to change that perception and push her team to do better and dream bigger, all while raising two gorgeous girls and seeking daily inspiration in words of strong women, such as US poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, Indian writer and emancipation campaigner Sarojini Naidu and award winning Indian author Kamala Das.