"I am very excited to visit the Pyramids of Giza, which have always been a source of inspiration for every architect throughout the ages, with their amazing engineering creativity. They truly constitute a unique historical and cultural value,” Smith, co-founder of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, said.
Gill, partner in Adrian Smith+ Gordon Gill Architecture, expressed his great admiration of the greatness of the Pharaonic civilisation, which he has been passionate about since his childhood. He added that he had always dreamed about visiting Egypt to delve deeper into the knowledge of the Egyptian civilization and the Pharaohs.
Smith is one of the world’s most important architects with more than 38 projects in his design portfolio. His projects include Burj Khalifa in the UAE, and the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia. He also designed nine environmentally friendly and energy-saving projects.
The firm designed Al-Wasl Square (Al-Wasl Expo Plaza) in the heart of the Dubai Expo 2020. The square is one of the prominent landmarks of Dubai.
Smith-designed projects have received over 125 awards, including five international awards, nine from the National Institute of Architects, 35 State and Chicago AIA Awards, three Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence, as well as the 2011 CTBUH Lynn S Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.
Smith's work has been featured in museums in the US, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.