(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 devlopments


-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 Middle East, 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 magazine: Shellstar Detour Hong Kong, 2013
-International Conference on Flexible Formwork: Proceedings, 2012


-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

-Audi Innovation Hub (Dubai) 2018
-MEAL Design Innovation Campus (Dubai) 2018
-RTA 3D Printed Bus Shed 2018
- ARID installation (Jordan) 2017  
-Yeoui Naru Ferry Terminal (South Korea) 2017
-Blue Clay Spa (Latvia) 2016  

Riyad Joucka

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

He is the Lead Architect and founder of MEAN* ‘Middle East Architectural 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