Nada Taryam is General Manager of Civil and Architectural Projects at BEEAH Group.
Mohammad Yusuf, Feature Writer
Nada Taryam is the General Manager of Civil and Architectural Projects at BEEAH Group, one of the leading sustainability pioneers in the region. It is renowned for its groundbreaking environmental innovations and smart solutions for future-ready cities.
BEEAH was founded in Sharjah in 2007, as a company primarily concerned with environment and waste management. It then invested in a global and comprehensive strategy for the future, extending to the areas of renewable energy, green mobility, transport, education and technology.
Nada Taryam answers questions from Gulf Today – without wasting time
What aspects of BEEAH do you oversee?
I oversee the design, development and implementation of BEEAH Group’s architectural projects. Along with our partners and our project team, I manage every step of architectural and civil engineering projects for BEEAH, ensuring planning, execution and closure to achieve objectives. Currently, my role applies to projects such as the headquarters of BEEAH, one of the most sustainable and intelligent buildings in the world.
As an architect by training, I was particularly involved in the design stages with the renowned firm Zaha Hadid Architects. I helped ensure the design met building requirements, worked with environmental and site constraints, and ultimately we met project goals to the highest quality standards. My team also ensured that the building’s systems and infrastructure had minimal impact on the environment and that it was built to perform to LEED Platinum standards.
How many architectural projects have you supervised?
The BEEAH headquarters was a major project for me. Many disciplines, from design to construction to technology, have come together to realize this “Office of the Future” headquarters. I am proud to have overseen and facilitated all of this for seven years. The BEEAH headquarters is one of the last projects conceived during Zaha Hadid’s lifetime and bringing it to life has been extremely rewarding.
We also worked with our technology partners Microsoft and Johnson Controls to integrate several AI use cases into the building to enable seamless interaction with the building, especially in meeting rooms. My team and I oversee all operational aspects and improvements in the building. Within the group, I also oversee the design and construction of our recycling facilities located at the BEEAH Recycling waste management complex. We are currently working on a master plan with mixed use projects as well.
What attracts you to architecture?
For me, architecture is one of the most tangible and functional forms of art. The idea of form, function and emotion draws me to architecture. I believe that buildings should not only serve practical purposes of shelter, but they can also move people in a certain way and enhance their experience inside.
Your comments on architecture and sustainability. The impact of the construction industry on the environment is monumental. With this, there is a growing importance of architecture to be environmentally sustainable. It is important that sustainability becomes a fundamental element of construction and architectural projects today. At the BEEAH headquarters, for example, sustainability was a fundamental requirement. Natural light is a major element of the building, illuminating most spaces. We also used a photovoltaic solar park and batteries to meet a significant part of our electricity needs. I personally believe that digitization-enhanced sustainability must become a standard consideration for architecture in the future.
Did BEEAH give/did construction suggestions for projects other than his own?
Under BEEAH Digital, the digital transformation and future technologies business of BEEAH Group, we have a company called EVOTEQ. EVOTEQ has supported us in the integration of technologies at BEEAH headquarters and aims to create a similar impact for its public and private sector clients.
Architecture inspires reality and supports the future. Comment. We know of architectural monuments that can immediately conjure up a mental image. Iconic structures that are practically synonymous with a city or a country. Likewise, architecture serves almost as a gateway to the future. Today, architecture is evolving to become more sustainable, which is essential to meet the needs of more people, the growing number of businesses and developing cities. I look forward to seeing how we can build that sustainable future through innovative architecture.
How does architecture improve the environment?
By incorporating sustainability as a core design principle, architecture can have minimal impact on the environment. At the same time, this principle can improve the built environment people need to live, work and play. Architecture can create a positive impact on the environment, and this can be sustained into the future.
What qualities do women in architecture bring to a project?
Women are increasingly contributing to the UAE economy in various fields, and I am honored to be among the women contributing to the architectural landscape. I believe that women in architecture bring qualities that push the boundaries of design, functionality and sustainability. I have seen that women bring new perspectives and possibilities into the design process and are exemplary problem solvers in execution.
Your message for female architects and civil engineers, especially as Emirates Women’s Day was observed recently. My advice would be to look for opportunities in your area of interest. It’s important to nurture your passions and find your voice, whether in design or engineering. Be inspired by women who have overcome all obstacles to become leaders in their field. If you dream of something and can plan it, you will find a way to achieve it, even if it has never been done before.