Zeyad believes architectural design must positively impact the lives of individuals and communities. His international background brings unique perspective on how design can embrace social, cultural, economic and environmental factors. He applies intellectual rigor to the process of solving challenging and complex design problems. Before joining Duda|Paine, Zeyad’s educational and work experience crossed languages and borders from the Middle East, to the United Kingdom, to the United States. He is an avid adaptor of new tools for delivering buildings and passionate about lifelong learning.
Favorite Duda|Paine project?
Frost Bank Tower, because of its compelling form, its adjustment in scale and proportions from the base to the top, that it reacts to the immediate surroundings at its lower levels and the Austin skyline at its uppermost, and that its facades and details are expressive. Finally, the narrative behind the building, which was the creation of an iconic tower for Downtown Austin, which affects the city’s residents and visitors both experientially and visually.
What attracted you to the architectural field?
Creating realities that positively impact peoples’ and communities’ lives stemming from grand ideas and visions.
Anything else you’d like to share?
In addition to architecture, I’m passionate about playing basketball—I played on my university’s team for 4 years in Palestine—and weightlifting.