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Iran Engineer Wins Singapore Design Award

Hussein RezaiHussein Rezai

An Iranian engineer who works in the design field has won the Designer of the Year award in Singapore.

Hussein Rezai, 60, is the Tehran-born founder and director of Web Structures, an international design engineering consultancy with its main office based in Singapore, who helps architects turn their abstract plans into reality, Honaronline reported.

In its citation, the jury for the award said, “(Dr. Rezai’s) understanding of structural behavior and systems allows him to manipulate structural form and expression to create seamless harmony with the design intent of the architect. He brings a creative solution to each project - improving how it can be built, while not losing sight of the greater whole.”

Rezai says he wants to be part of the initial conversation with architects and developers before any problems come up. “We want to get into their minds and find out what they want to do. Sometimes, they may not know the possibilities that exist.”

The Designer of the Year award can go to any excellent practitioner in a range of design fields, including architecture, fashion, advertising design and visual communications.

Rezai did his PhD in structural engineering at the University of Westminster. He founded Web Structures in 1996 and has since been involved in the design and creation of some of the most impressive structures in Singapore and over 20 countries. His firm has three other offices in Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and London.

He has also been involved in teaching and education through work at the National University of Singapore.


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