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Founded in 2011, 23 Degrees North promotes design which is sensitive to the health of the individual, the community and the environment. Our work is driven by a desire to respond to the needs of contemporary culture by evaluating and learning from the wisdom embedded within the successful innovations of local/regional tradition. 23 Degrees North is the latitude of Muscat and deeply believes in essence in place and strives towards architecture and urbanism authentic to essence and all that roots it physically to essence; landscape, topography, climate and community. 

Trust is the basis of our relationships with our clients and collaborative partners. We take a simple and direct approach and strive to establish positive working relationships by encouraging open and constructive dialogue at all stages of the design process. Our international accreditation and reputation enables us to call upon a depth of resources from a worldwide network of affiliations to enable us to take advantage of specialist knowledge and to undertake larger scale projects.

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23 Degrees North is the 1st 100% Omani chartered architectural practice and has received professional recognition from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). We work to professional standards of quality, integrity and competence. We endeavor to maximise the client’s investment and are motivated by a belief that ‘good design creates value’. Research is a fundamental part of 23 Degrees North’s success and ensures our continuous professional development within the field of sustainable/ appropriate design. It is simply a part of our everyday lives as leading thinkers and practitioners of architecture.

23 Degrees North’s multicultural, international capabilities are shaped by the individual personal histories of its founding members Nadia Al-Lawati and Stuart Caunt. Our unique cultural influences create and stimulate discussion that enables us to explore innovative and inspiring solutions to the complex challenges of our projects. This lyrical/conversational approach, one that is iterative and multi-disciplinary, prevents us from implementing a preconceived solution and encourages the framing and reframing of the problem until the design solutions emerge.

23 Degrees North has worked on a diverse range of projects from inception through to completion. We progress the project to concept, preliminary design and statutory authority/Building Permit Approval. Beyond Building Permit Approval we offer full service tender and production architectural services through to site supervision and building completion. In addition, 23 Degrees North core competencies include:

  • Architecture

  • Master Planning

  • Urban Design

  • Feasibility Study

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Design

  • Experience Design

  • Project Management

  • Stakeholder Engagement

23 Degrees North is the recipient of the National Entrepreneurship Award 2014 for Best Small Enterprise in the service sector. In 2017 we were shortlisted for Architectural Practice of the year and Nadia received high commendation as Female leader of the year at the MEED regional awards. Notable projects include the Lycee Francais de Mascate which won the MEED National Winner 2016 for Best Social, Cultural and Heritage Project of the Year, and the Outward Bound Oman Desert Training Center which is the first government funded building to be completely reliant on solar energy. The Outward Bound Oman Desert Training Center has received a number of industry awards including: AIA ME Best Built Architecture, Best Sustainable Building at the Dossier Construction Awards 2017 and Sustainability Initiative of the Year at the Construction Week Oman Awards 2018.

Redidential Villa23 Degrees North recognises that positive collaboration between the design team and management of all aspects of a project are critical to its success. We believe that ‘Good Design Creates Value’ and understand that the design, management, commercial and technical inputs of a project are part of a holistic design process. Our worldwide network of collaborative partners enables us to provide a targeted response to a client’s brief at a reasonable cost. The benefits of this approach include: 

  • a cohesive team, well used to collaborating

  • value for money solutions

  • a targeted response to the client’s brief

  • access to the combined talent of some of the best designer’s/experts in their field

  • quality assurance through the professional recognition of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB) 

  • responsive local delivery and understanding from a client focused management team

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