Farah Naz, CEng FCIBSE, WELL & LEED AP, has over 15 years’ experience in the construction sector and a Chartered Engineer by profession. Naz worked as a City Policy Adviser for Global Cities.She has worked in the UK, USA, Southeast Asia and now in Middle East. Naz heads up the Innovation and Sustainable Solution for BuroHappold in the Middle East region. Her innovating role encompasses resource-efficient building-level and city-level urban planning solutions, implementation of best practices on inclusive Integrated innovation, health, liveability, wellbeing, biomimetics and city resilience agendas that will build the foundation of future Middle Eastern smart cities and communities.
Farah 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. In the Middle East her name has become a synonym for implementable sustainability among others, linked to projects including Museum of the Future, the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, the Bee’ah headquarters in Sharjah, Masdar master planning and the sustainability pavilion for EXPO 2020 in Dubai.
She’s also involved in several international master planning and infrastructure projects – the climate-change adaptation of tall towers and the future-proofing of buildings, as well as green principles and strategic energy solutions for eco cities. Meanwhile, Farah is a major contributor to drive for inclusive innovation in health and well being across the built environment. She heads the inclusion and diversity for Buro Happold in UAE.
Naz is a board member of the Emirates Green Building Council, CIBSE UAE chapter, Verified Research Expert for Dubai Future Foundation, Member of the Tau Alpha Pi Honours Society, USA, CIBSE UK Resilient Cities Group and associate member of the American Institute of Architects. In 2019 March she was honoured with Fellowship from Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in UK.