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PLUStudios is a team of architects and artists working together online and offline from London, Istanbul, Doha, Cairo, Beirut and Stuttgart.

In the last few years, and in collaboration with internationally recognized and progressive local firms, our team co-produced dozens of visuals for architectural and urban development projects worldwide. These were mainly in the areas of housing, government and public buildings, infrastructure, urban design and development projects.

Our team members enjoy an advanced 3D modelling and visualization skills coupled with strong design background which allows them to high-quality visuals while smoothly and efficiently collaborating with the design team.

Our scope and services include the production of:

  • Architectural visualization images (CGIs)
  • Sketches
  • Animation,
  • 360 degree renders, and
  • Virtual reality (VR).

Our Team

Hani Fakhani

Co-founder, Architect and Urban practitioner.

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Hani Fakhani is the company co-founder and manager, an architect and urban practitioner. Hani’s works are focused on housing and post-conflict reconstruction.

He holds an MSc with distinction in Building and Urban Design in Development from University College London where he researched the interrelations between reconstruction, governance, and peace in Syria.

Hani is also the co-founder of Sakan Housing Communities; a social enterprise working on affordable housing, and Cube Team Architecture; an architectural design and construction company. He previously worked for five years with Henning Larsen Architects.

Omar Araar

Co-founder, Architect and 3D Visualization Specialist

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Omar Araar is the company's co-founder and manager, an architect, visualization specialist, and data analyst. He is highly skilled to technically manage the production of large-scale projects.

Omar has a bachelor’s degree with merit in Architecture which he received from Damascus University as one of the top five graduates of his year. He is currently undertaking his MSc studies on Urban Planning at Istanbul Technical University.

He acquired advanced 3D modeling and visualization skills working for years with a number of international and local firms.

Omar is the co-founder of Sakan Housing Communities; a start-up social enterprise working on affordable housing. He is also the co-founder of Plustudios for architectural services.

Ridwan Malakani

Architect

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Ridwan is a senior design architect. He is a specialist in design conceptual development, with a strong appreciation of architectural spaces and advanced artistic and drawing skills.

Ridwan has a bachelor’s degree with merit in Architecture which he received from Arab International University as the top second student of the year. He is currently undertaking his MSc studies on City Planning in Damascus university.

Ridwan worked for many years as an architect and led design with many architectural firms including Memar Architecture, Cube Team Architecture, Trust Architecture and Urban Space Studio, Benacom Architecture and Plustudios Architecture.

Hamzah Alzahed

ِArchitect and Visualization Artist

hamzah.alzahed@plustudios.com

Hamza is an architect and senior visualization artist. He is a specialist in photo-realistic computer-generated visualization. He has advanced skills in various architectural 3D drawing and visualization programs.

Hamza has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Yarmouk University in Damascus.

Hamza has developed his skills while working for many years as architect and visualization artist with many architectural firms including Memar Architecture, Benacom Architecture, Urban Space Studio and Plustudios Architecture.

Mazen Kanawaty

Architect and Virtual Reality (VR) Specialist

Mazen.Kanawaty@plustudios.com

Mazen is an architect and virtual reality specialists. He focuses on the art of architectural visualization using the cutting edge virtual reality techniques, such as the immersive headset VR presentations and the desktop 3D game-like architectural presentations. Mazen is passionate about keeping up to date with the newest in the field of Virtual Reality 

Mazen has received a bachelor degree in Architecture from Damascus University and worked for several years in local and international firms before joining PLUStudios end 2017.

Ranim Alwair

Architect, Urban Designer and Business Developer

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Ranim is an architect and a business developer with a decade of successful experience in design and management, at various scales. Ranim holds a MArch degree in Urban design awarded with merit from a world-leading school of architecture, the Bartlett/UCL.

Ranim is particularly passionate about her research, that she started in her last degree, about resilient-thinking in urban planning practice as the only effective method to face the increasing climate crisis.

Ouaees is an Architect, urban designer, and 3D Visualizer with experience in architectural design, design programming, construction permission procedures and the delivering of Construction Documents.

He holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from Damascus University, and he is currently studying for his MSc at the architecture school of Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

Ouaees worked in the middle east and Turkey with various companies and he first worked for PLUStudios in 2016.  

Khaled Akkad

Art Director and Animation Specialist

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Khaled is an animator, art producer, and art editor. 

Ayman Rabah

Architect and Computational Designer

Ayman Rabah is an Architect and Computational Designer specialist in Grasshopper Scripting, and Algorithmic Thinking.

Ayman has a bachelor's degree with merit in architecture which he received from Damascus university as he graduated at the top of his class and the in second place at the National Exam of Architecture. He also participated in an architecture Summer School in HafenCity Universität Hamburg in Germany.

He developed his skills by participating and winning in many Local and International Architectural Competitions as he worked for many International architectural firms including Cube Team Architecture, Memar Architecture. He joined our team in 2020.

Louay Fayomi

Architect and Visualization artist

Louay is an architect, Landscaper, and Visualization artist with a strong appreciation of Architectural Proportions, artistic and aesthetics skills.
Louay has a bachelor's degree with excellence in architecture which he received from Damascus university as he graduated as one of the top of his class. He is currently a Teaching Assistant in a class entitled " Architectural Design" at Damascus University.
Louay has gained a lot of his skills while working for many years with many architectural firms including Memar Architecture, Villa & More (gardens and interior), Benacom Architecture, Art Makers Group. Furthermore, and he has participated in many Local workshops and International Architectural Competitions. 

Abdulhadi Thuraia

Architect

Abdulhadi is a junior architect who recently graduated from Damascus University with a Bachelor Degree in Architecture. Abdulhadi had previously trained people on using Revit for over 3 years with Velvet Architecture. He had successfully completed his training at number engineering firms were he took part in the process of implementing and completing building projects and worked afterwards as an architect at Benacom Architecture before joining our team. 

Abdulhadi's advanced Revit skills coupled with his good experience with other 3D modeling programs including 3D Max and AutoCAD provides a very important contribution to the work of our team.

Nour Eddin Alkalam

Architect and 3D modeling spcilist

Nour is an architect and 3D modelling specialist. He has advanced skills in parametric modelling architectural and BIM drawing which has an important role both in the conceptual and detailed design phases of any project. He previously worked with Mimar Architects among other local firms where he gained working at site experience before joining Riwaq Architects. 

Nour graduated with a bachelor degree in Architecture from Damascus University in 2018 and is currently undertaking his master's in architectural design from the same university.

Muhammad Al Shimaly

Architect

Afnan Bahloul

Architect and Administrative

Abdulkarim Shiekh Mustafa

Architect

Hani Edlbi

Architect

Abdul Rahman Fakihani

Intern Architect

Abdul Rahman is a young architect to be. He is currently undertaking his graduation year at the architecture school through which he will focus on modern architectural design methods to optimize and maximise space use in dense urban settings.

Abdul has recently joined our team and directly chipped in to support our animation specialist team producing some key films we are working on, and supported our design team preparing visual presentations for a number of architectural design proposals.

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We are artists and architects specialized in the visualization of built environment projects