Wael Al Awar founded Ibda Design in 2009, after moving back to the Middle East from Tokyo. He spent six years in Tokyo, working with renowned Japanese architects (such as CAt, Arata Isozaki, and SANAA) on various scale projects in Japan and around the world. In 2012, Wael Al Awar was joined by Kenichi Teramoto as a partner. Both Principal Architects had worked closely in Tokyo on several international projects. Wael, has a vast experience in designing and managing projects on a local and international level, ranging from University Campuses to Mixed Use Developments to Private Villas and Mosques. Having worked in Barcelona “the west”, prior to moving to Tokyo “the far east”, he has developed a strong cultural understanding and geographical sensitivity to different project contexts. He has a multi-disciplinary approach to design, addressing the social, environmental, economical and technological aspects of each project in order to tailor a highly specific concept to the given context. He is always looking to challenge conventional processes pushing the boundaries of design whenever possible.