• Omar Al Omari

    Omar Al Omari


    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


    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


    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 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


    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.

  • 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.

  • Lucas Ler

    Lucas Ler


    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.

  • 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.

  • Sam Esses

    Sam Esses


    Graduated from the University of Manchester with First-Class Honours and the Architectural Association School of Architecture with Diploma RIBA Part II. His final year thesis was featured in AJ and French design magazine Architectures CREE.

    Previously at Safdie Architects, Boston, he worked with the façades team on an 8.8 million sqft mixed use development in Chongqing Chaotianmen, and alongside Moshe Safdie for the proposal of a University Masterplan, China.

    Since joining OAOA in 2016 he has been involved with the Jeddah residential villa, Saudi Arabia, and Inglis Road residential development, London, taking a leading role in design. He has also worked on the Rehaan Valley mixed use masterplan, Jordan.

    Currently Sam is a visiting critic at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

  • Jonathan Wong

    Jonathan Wong


    Studied Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture, followed by a Diploma at the Architectural Association. During his studies he was involved in a pavilion design for the 2012 Olympic Games legacy Manchester, and also joined Fairhurst Design Group, participating in the Delta theme park Masterplan.
    His year-out experience focused on mixed-use development masterplan, industrial, educational, and residential projects. Whilst under WUA Architect, Shenzhen, he was involved in CBD Chengdu, Sunway Ecocasa Ipoh Masterplan and Hunan Retreat Masterplan. He also worked in Hijjas Kasturi Associates in Kuala Lumpur, where he participated in the design of Paramit medical manufacturing plant, and construction phrase of Herriot Watt University Malaysia.
    He joined OAOA since 2016 and is currently part of the Rehaan Valley Masterplan team. He also worked on a private residential villa in Riyadh.

  • Pallavi Kumar

    Pallavi Kumar


    Pallavi graduated from the Architectural Association with a Master’s degree in Architecture & Urbanism from the Design Research Laboratory (AA DRL).

    Prior to her time at the AA, she worked with no-COLOUR, a small collective based in New York and Accra, where she was involved in a number of small-scale design and build projects. Her time in Africa allowed for experimentation with local materials and building techniques which informed the nature of her prior work. During her undergraduate years in India, she interned at InForm Architects where she was involved in institutional, industrial and residential projects, of which the Housing Tower at the Indian School of Business is a notable project.

    Pallavi joined OAOA in April 2017. She was a part of the design team for the new office premises at Jeddo Road and is working on the Phase 1 Development of the Ayla Peninsula Island Villas. She has also been assisting on private residential projects, primarily in the detail design stages.

  • Isabelle Tung

    Isabelle Tung


    Graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in London. Isabelle joined OAOA as an architectural assistant in 2014 and was involved in several private residential projects, mixed used residential tower and masterplans. She contributed mainly in the design process of the Golf Residences Master plan landscape from concept to tender, designing the infinity pools, outdoor dining and children’s play facilities as well as the courtyards enclosed in between the clusters. She also contributed in two villa concept designs, including the Shear Wall (2,500m2) and Ribbon House (1,000m2).