Studio D04 is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Dubai, founded in 2014.

The studio works in fields of architecture, interior design and product design, their portfolio includes a wide range of private and public projects.

The essence of the studio’s work is found in creating unique and authentic designs that are functional and poetic. Each project- whether architecture, interiors or products, explores ideas of space and light, context and place, materials and crafts, and environment and region. The studio principals believe in a collaborative approach of design and working with the client needs to create spaces that are unique to the users, responsive to the place, and timeless yet functional.




Focused on the culture of a place, the environment and materiality to achieve progressive designs and solutions.



Experienced in delivering a range of project scales with an extensive approach to technical details that results in delivering spaces that can be truly lived in.



Designing spaces with minimal forms that celebrate the user experience by playing with textures and light.



Working closely with clients, contractors and fabricators to create unique projects. It is responsive to your needs, resourceful to your budget and passionate about your project. The team is involved in each stage from concept to handover.


Client Study

We start by getting to know you, we have developed a form to gather your requirements to paint a clear picture for you and the team before starting the design journey.

Mood Board

Develop a clear direction on a project’s general style, mood, and materials through a digital material board and presentation.

Schematic Design

The chosen direction is translated into three-dimensional representation that map out the exterior or interior of the design.

Detailed Package

Detail technical drawings of the approved design that is used for tender, and for construction with the material specifications.

Site Supervision

A key role to ensure the project follows the desired details to produce high quality end projects.


Fatima Al Zaabi

Managing Director

Fatima Al Zaabi is an Emirati architect and co-founder of studio D04. She developed her design approach to explore different material processes with advanced digital fabrication methods that incorporates traditional local crafts and culture that is apparent in the work produced in the studio. She received her Bachelor in Architecture at the American University of Sharjah and received a Master of Science in Architecture Design and Research in Digital Technologies concentration, at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. As the Managing Director, Fatima is responsible for tying together the firm’s disciplines into one aligned vision, she is able to see the bigger picture and strives to create memorable yet simple, functional and tactile designs that last.

Noora Al Awar

Creative Director

Noora Al Awar is an Emirati architect and co-founder of studio D04.  Noora’s ideology is the continuous exploration and reflection of traditional and cultural concepts into the design world today. She received her Bachelor in Architecture at the American University of Sharjah. Her work focuses on combining a strong intuition for materials with extensive technical details and reinterpreting local traditions as the foundation of the studio’s work. As the Creative director, she is focused on building client relationships and collaborations by creating tailor-made client experiences.

Afnan Amin

Operational Director

Afnan Amin is an Emirati architect. She received her Bachelor degree in Interior Design from Zayed University and her Master in Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her philosophy is to create unique, minimalistic and timeless design within the fields of architecture and interior design. Through her work, she looks at the balance between functionality and aesthetics, where client needs are embedded through the creative journey. As the Operational Director, her role in the studio focuses on realizing the studios design values from concept stage all the way through to project completion.

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