RiadArchitecture provides architecture, master planning and interior design services internationally through our office in Cairo. Our award-winning work can be found in major metropolitan and rural areas around Egypt and the Middle East. We are a small / medium – family based – privately held business, with a staff ranging between 10-20 employees over the past 80 years. We have worked on over 230 projects – 104 of which that have been built – with a portfolio including commercial office, banks, multifamily residential, hospitality and mixed-use projects.
RiadArchitecture was founded in 1934 under the name and supervision of the late architect and former head of the Cairo Municipality, Mahmoud Riad (1905-1979), who was recognized as one of the pioneers of modern Egyptian Architecture by King Farouk, President Gamal Abd el Nasser, and President Anwar el Sadat. He was also among the first Egyptians to hold a degree in town and city planning from the University of Liverpool in 1931. He gained profound expertise working with Shreve, Lamb and Harmon on their Manhattan masterpieces, the Empire State Building and 500 Fifth Avenue, before returning to Egypt to establish his own practice. Under his leadership, the first Generation of RiadArchitecture was responsible of some of Cairo’s most iconic modern buildings, like the Arab League Headquarters, Nile Hilton, the Cairo Municipality Building, and the USSR Embassy. Working with various government organizations (like the Ministry of Endowments and the Municipality of Cairo), his planning endeavors include el Mohandesine, Nasr City, the industrial town of Kafr el Dawar, and the Maadi Corniche Gardens. Since 1965, Mahmoud Riad was the technical consultant of the Ministry of Public Works in Kuwait, overseeing projects like Kenzo Tange’s International Airport Terminal, Jorn Utzon’s Parliament Building, VBB’S Water Towers, as well as Colin Buchannan’s Kuwait City Masterplan. Mahmoud Riad was also invited by the United Nations to participate in a number of Expert Group Meetings on Metropolitan Planning (most notable in the years 1959 and 1961).
The practice were later run by his sons, Ahmed Riad (1939-2007) and Mohamed Riad (1942- ), and his grandson Mahmoud M M Riad (1983- ), who form the second and third generation of architects respectively. Prior to joining the family practice, Ahmed Riad gained experience with the Arab Office in Cairo working on various governmental projects around Egypt; Mohamed Riad was a lead designer at the Development & Popular Housing Office in Cairo, where he worked on different typologies of housing, masterplanning, and hotels, including al hamdeya azbakeya market and the district 40 neighbourhood in Syria, as well as collaborating with SOM in the Helwan University Masterplan project; Mahmoud M M Riad joined Zaha Hadid Architects upon earning his Masters Degree where he was exposed to vast international projects and consultants.