Team

  • Omar Al Omari

    Omar Al Omari

    Partner  

    Graduated from the Architectural Association in London, specialising in complex geometry. His experience ranges from leading large scale international projects, including infrastructure, high-rise and mixed-use developments, to designing bespoke residences.

    During his 7 years at Foster + Partners, he was responsible for numerous large-scale projects including the award-winning 150,000sqm Amman Living Wall mixed-use development and Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport’s complex roof superstructure. Amongst the several projects he led as an Associate Partner were the iconic 65 storey, 165,000sqm mixed-use towers of Platinum Park in Kuala Lumpur and three 50-storey towers in central Shanghai.

    Omar founded OAOA in 2012 and is currently overseeing the design and construction of 77 Peninsula Islands Villas and 50 Golf side apartment buildings within the 4.3Msqm Ayla development in Aqaba, Jordan.

  • Deena Fakhro

    Deena Fakhro

    Partner  

    Graduated with Honours from the Architectural Association in London. During her studies, she was involved with Tilke on Bahrain’s Formula 1 Track and also worked at SOM Chicago’s urban design studio, participating in numerous international masterplans, including the Bahrain 2030 nationwide masterplan.

    Her 5 years as a Project Director at ACME focused on landmark cultural and commercial buildings with complex geometries and specialist construction across Europe, the Middle East and Australia. Notable projects include the Royal Institute of Human Development, a 4,000sqm education centre in Bahrain, and the Eastland Shopping Centre in Melbourne, a 70,000sqm mixed-use civic and retail scheme.

    Deena is a partner at OAOA since 2013, she leads the design direction of the practise including several masterplan and architectural projects.

  • Mihaela Cojan

    Mihaela Cojan

    Associate Partner  

    Graduated from University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”, Bucharest. Her experience at several firms across Europe (United Kingdom, Italy, France and Romania) spans from smallest scale of furniture and interior design to large public buildings and housing complexes.

    Mihaela joined OAOA in January 2015, and has been the Associate Partner in charge of liaising with clients, consultants, suppliers and contractors on the Crescent (7,900 sqm) and Clusters (10,000sqm) buildings for Ayla Golf Apartments.

    In November 2016 she relocate to Jordan to be part of the supervision team of Ayla Golf Apartment project, overseeing design implementation and dealing with site issues.

  • Christopher Yah

    Christopher Yah

    Associate  

    Graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London (M.Arch RIBA Part 2). Through his studies, he assisted in the design of KLIA2’s AirAsia Air Traffic Control Tower with Reka Consult Architects. He also worked in GDP Architects, where he participated in concept and design strategies for Tropicana SOHO Development master-plan in Johor, Malaysia.

    Chris’s final year project entitled “Gaming Oubliette” won him the first runner up for the HIA-HYP CUP 2015 International student competition and was featured in Urban Environment Design, vol99, Bernard Tshumi. After graduating, he participated at the AA in workshops and as visiting critic.

    He joined OAOA Architects in 2015, there he worked on multiple large scale projects across the Middle East and the UK. Amongst the several projects he led was a residential development (21 apartments, 1,600 sqm) in Ealing, London. He was also heavily involved in the detail design stage of The Crescent (3 buildings, 7,900 sqm each) in Jordan while incorporating architecture with augmented reality, including a Villa (3,500 sqm) in Saudi Arabia.

  • Lucas Ler

    Lucas Ler

    Associate  

    Graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. During his studies, he was involved in numerous projects in Kuala Lumpur including the Metropolitan Train Stations and International Airport 2 under Veritas Design Group.

    Lucas Spent his year out at Aedas, Hong Kong, joining the design which specialises in aviation projects. Notable projects include Hong Kong International Terminal 2, Midfield Concourse and Inter-modal Transfer Terminal Expansion. He played an integral role in every design stage, ranging from design bid to construction. He joined OAOA since 2015, primarily working on the Ayla Golf Apartments and Rehaan Valley Masterplan. He was also involved in several private residential projects.

  • Huida Xia

    Huida Xia

     

    Graduated from the Architectural Association in London. During his studies, he was worked at Serie Architects as a Part I assistant on a number of projects with a variety of programs and typology across the UK, Indian, China and Singapore. The notable projects include London Olympic 2012 BMW Pavilion at Stratford, Singapore State Courts, Yan ZhenQing Museum in Shandong, China, and Aarvli Resort in Goa, India.

    Huida joined OAOA since 2014, He worked on masterplan projects including Ayla Peninsula Villa, Ayla Golf Residence and Rehaan Valley. He is also involved in a number of private villa projects.

  • Simona Sabackova

    Simona Sabackova

     

    Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague. During her studies, she spent one year at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul involved in student projects focused on traditional Islamic neighbourhood Balat as well as new development in Maslak.

    She also worked at Arons and Gelauf Architecten in Amsterdam, participating in several residential projects, including row housing at Ijburg artificial island and architectural landmark Pontsteiger in the water of the IJ-lake.

    Simona is part of the OAOA team since 2016, involved in several private residential projects, a residential tower, and a 150,000sqm mixed use masterplan in the Middle East.

  • Laura Alvarez

    Laura Alvarez

     

    Laura graduated with master degree from University of Camilo Jose Cela, Madrid. Prior to her graduation, Laura completed her internship at En Proceso Arquitectura Estudio where she was actively involved in interior design. In 2015, she gained site experience with Grupo San Jose, working on the construction of Rio Plaza Norte shopping Mall, Madrid.

    She joined OAOA in 2016, she took part in various big scale projects across the Middle East including Ayla Golf Apartment and Rehaan Valley Masterplan. She also has worked on several private residential projects, ranging from the concept design to the detail stage.

  • Marcos Corbal

    Marcos Corbal

     

    Graduated from Escola Superior Gallaecia in Portugal in 2013, specialising in sustainable architecture.

    During his five years of post-graduate experience, Marcos has participated in a wide range of architectural design projects, from concept to construction, in both Europe and China.

    He has contributed to the design of numerous projects like a Wenzhou Conferece Center (China),  Shanghen Village renovation in Zhejiang (China), Shiyang Visitor’s Center (China) or BONC Headquarters in Beijing (China).

  • Max Lewis

    Max Lewis

     

    Max graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2018 with a master’s degree in Architectural Design follow a four year master’s degree in Engineering at Nottingham University. In his year out at Darling Associates he was actively involved in interior design, working on many high end residential projects in London.

    At Brookes he spent the first-year of his master’s degree specialising in International Architecture, Regeneration and Development. The focus of this specialisation was on the adaptive reuse of existing buildings in places outside of the UK, exploring and utilising a project's local culture and community to influence design intervention.

    Max joined OAOA as a Part II architectural assistant following his graduation with distinction. He has been involved in several residential and commercial projects since his arrival, including a commercial tower in Bahrain and a high end residential project in Dubai.

  • Anna Aleshkina

    Anna Aleshkina

     

    Recently finished her Part I at the Architectural Association. During her third year, she explored Moroccan culture and different traditional Arabic patterns, which developed into variety of forms that were designed specifically for the site.

    She joined OAOA in 2018 for her year out and was mainly involved in concept development of a private residential villa in Dubai, focusing on the master plan, as well as designing children’s playground and other facilities on site. Anna has also participated in the concept design stage of an 18 storey office tower in Bahrain, exploring cladding treatments.

  • Lola Haines

    Lola Haines

     

    Graduated with from the Bartlett School of Architecture with First-Class Honours. Her final year project looked into figuration and storytelling within architecture and heritage. Specifically, she looked at conserving the intangible heritage of Sicily’s marionette theatre.

    Lola joined OAOA as a Part I architectural assistant in 2018, she has since been involved in several private residential projects, and a mixed used office tower in Bahrain. Her contributions include assisting the concept design for an office tower in Bahrain and a private residence villa in Dubai.

  • Renzhi Zeng

    Renzhi Zeng

     

    Recently finished his undergraduate degree at the Bartlett. During his studies, he was interested in experimenting with different digital tools, incorporating hand sketches and model making to drive the design process.

    In 2018 during his year out he joined OAOA, he was involved in the detail design interior package for Ayla Peninsula Islands Villas in Aqaba, Jordan. Renzhi also took part in the concept design for an 18 storey commercial tower in Bahrain.