(Middle East Architecture Network)

Is an Innovative Architecture Practice that works at the nexus of design and emergent technologies.

MEAN* utilizes cutting edge computational design processes and digital fabrication tools to leverage the quality of architectural solutions. Computer Programming, Robotics, 3D Printing, AR, VR, and CNC manufacturing are some of the technologies we use to leverage our work.

MEAN's mission is to amalgamate computation, material research and digital fabrication, to provide interdisciplinary solutions that respond to current economic, environmental and social developments.


-INHERITAGE '3D Printed Majlis + Desert Pavilion' 2021 Link
-Identity 'A New Era of Design' 2021 Link
-World Architecture 'MEAN* Designs Modular 3D Printed Majlis House with Smooth Concrete Walls in Abu Dhabi' 2021 Link
-COMMERCIAL Interior Design '3D Printing Was Used to Create This Traditional Emirati Majlis' 2021 Link
-The National 'Dubai Architecture Studio Designs 3D Printed Majlis That Can be Set Up Within Weeks' 2021 Link
-Identity 'Ripple Effect' 2021 Link
-DesignBoom 'Mawj is a 3D-Printed Armchair that Explores the Possibilities of Robotic 3D-Printing' 2020 Link
-Design Milk 'Undulating + Futuristic, Meet the Mawj 3D Printed Chair' 2020 Link
-AD Middle East 'Riyad Joucka Designer of The Year Nominee' 2020 Link Link
-AD Middle East 'AD Design Awards 2020: Winner Innovation & Sustainability' 2020 Link Link
-CNN Arabic 'House 00, floating resort and others...Designs for a Post-Coronavirus World' 2020 Link
-La grand livre de l'impression 3D'Deciduous Pavilion' 2020 Link
-La Vie 'Technological Sense of the Desert Pavilion' 2020 Link
-FRAME 'How this conceptual modular live-workspace transforms traditional WFH scenarios' 2020 Link
-CNN 'MEAN’s Machines; Futuristic Designs Inspired by Nature' 2020 Link
-World Architecture 'MEAN* Unveils Its Design Proposal For Modular Barjeel Art Foundation Museum' 2019 Link
-The National 'The Dubai firm building for the future' 2019 Link
-Forbes 'Through Design, Jordan aims to Position itself as a Hub of Modern Culture in the M.E.' 2017 Link
-Dezeen '10 Jordanian Designers Changing the Middle East' 2017 Link
-Monocle Section D: Amman Design Week, 2017
-Monocle Section D: Detour Hong Kong, 2013
-AD Architectural Digest November / December, 2017
-ICON 'Shellstar Detour Hong Kong' 2013
-International Conference on Flexible Formwork: Proceedings, 2012


-Downtown Design, 2020
-Art Nights, DIFC, 2019
-Dubai Design Week, 2018
-Amman Design Week, 2017
-Alserkal Avenue  AAVS Dubai, 2016
-AA Global School Program AA London, 2015
-A4 AAVSDXB Expocity2020, 2015
-Detour Design Festival Wanchai, Hong Kong 2013
-AA Annual Show AA London, 2012

Notable Projects

-House 00 (Ras Al Khaimah) 2020 Link
-Desert Pavilion (Wadi Rum) 2020 Link
-co-cross (Dubai) 2020 Link
-Deciduous 3D Printed Pavilion (Dubai) 2019 Link
-MEAN Light Sculptures (Dubai) 2019 Link
-Meandering Arcades (Sharjah) 2019 Link
-Sabeel Water Fountain (Dubai) 2019 Link
-EXPO 2020 Boulevard Roundabout (Dubai) 2019 Link
-The UN Square Murals (Amman) 2019 Link
-Urbani Balkoni (Zagreb) 2019 Link
-Audi Innovation Hub (Dubai) 2018 Link
-MEAL Design Innovation Campus (Dubai) 2018 Link
-RTA 3D Printed Bus Shed 2018 Link
- ARID installation (Jordan) 2017 Link 
-Yeoui Naru Ferry Terminal (South Korea) 2017 Link
-Blue Clay Spa (Latvia) 2016 Link 

Riyad Joucka

Is an Architect, Entrepreneur and Researcher, based in Dubai.

He is the Lead Architect and founder of MEAN* ‘Middle East Architecture Network’; an Innovative Architecture Practice, and the synergistic counterpart to MEAL* ‘Middle East Architecture Lab’; An Experimental Design Repository.

He has gained professional experience in the Middle East and Asia as well as North America.

Riyad worked in New York and Hong Kong from 2012- 2017 at the intersection of academia and practice, on complex structures, facades and building technologies, with a focused interest in design that is at the nexus of technology, material research, and computation.

Riyad earned his Master of Architecture (MArch, Distinction) at the Emergent Technologies & Design program  at the AA School of Architecture in London

- Lectures +Academia + Research

-Burda Festival Talk/ Abu Dhabi 2018
-Dubai Future Foundation/ Pioneer Series Talk
-2018 AA Visiting School Dubai UAE- Director (2014-2019)
-Smart Geometry Gutenberg, Sweden (2016)
-WAUM Workshop Santiago, Chile Tutor (2015)
-AA Visiting School Tehran, Iran-Tutor (2014)
-AA Visiting School, Jordan– Director (2013)


MArch Master of Architecture,  AA Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK)
-BArch Bachelor of Architecture, Carleton University, (Ottawa, Canada).


-Architizer A+ Awards: Architecture + Modeling Category : ‘Shell Star’
-Honorable Mention: Shortlisted for the Triumph Pavilion Competition, for a pavilion design commemorating the recent peace treaty between North and South Sudan


-Architect/ SHoP Archtiects – New York City  (2016)

-Architect/ Woods Bagot – New York City + Sydney (2015)

-Architect/ FR-EE – New York City + Mexico City (2014)

-Façade Consultant/ Front – Hong Kong (2013)

-Lecturer/ University of Hong Kong – Fab Lab Manager (2012)

Portrait by Illustrator Nourie Flayhan - 2019