About Us

Since our founding, we have successfully designed and built hundreds of projects around the world. Today, from our regional centres in London, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Hong Kong, we manage the activity of satellite offices in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and China.

We are a multi-disciplinary firm, offering a broad range of services which include urban design, architecture, interiors and landscape architecture. Our engineering expertise encompasses civil, structural and building services. We also undertake cost control, project management and the supervision of site works.

Our project types vary in scale from regional development guidelines and urban plans to community-defining public spaces, buildings and interiors.


Originally formed as an architectural practice in London, UK, tangram has expanded to offer multi-disciplinary design, management and project delivery services from its regional bases in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

  • tangramEurope, based in London, serves clients and projects in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.
  • tangramGulf delivers projects in one of the world’s fastest growing markets with offices in the UAE and State of Qatar.
  • tangramAsia, based in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, PRC serves our clients in South-East Asia.


Our ability to deliver international-calibre consulting services across three very different regions requires an informed knowledge of local cultural and environmental issues. Because these can vary widely from one place to another, we place great emphasis on providing our clients with an accurate understanding of the local culture that goes well beyond project design and delivery.

We believe that the challenge of each and every project, regardless of its scale, is to find the right balance between the vision of our clients, the practical requirements of the brief and the most positive impact on the environment.

Globally Positioned, Locally Delivered


From our core capabilities in architecture we have grown into one of the world’s most recognizable architect-led companies, offering complete design, management and supervision services.

Within the firm, specialist studios have been developed to offer our clients focused solutions for medical planning, urbanism and civil infrastructure. This is in addition to our specialist interiors, landscape design, engineering, project management and cost control divisions.


2017

  • Design Director Ms Sandra Woodall elected Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • tangram voted on to the “Architecture Top 50”, of BUILD Magazine.

2016

  • The Middle East Power List”, Middle East Architect Magazine, Design Director Ms Sandra Woodall voted #28.

2015

  • Middle East Architect Awards 2015 – Winner “Sustainable Project of the Year”.
  • Middle East and North Africa Interior Design and Architecture Awards 2015 – Winner “Best Healthcare Project”
  • Middle East and North Africa Interior Design and Architecture Awards 2015 – Winner “Best Luxury Hotels and Resorts Project”
  • Middle East and North Africa Interior Design and Architecture Awards 2015 – Winner “Best Hospitality Project”
  • Middle East and North Africa Interior Design and Architecture Awards 2015 – Winner “Best Landscape Project”
  • Façade Design and Engineering Summit 2015 – Finalist “Best Overall Project”
  • Construction Week Qatar Awards 2015 – Finalist “Architecture Firm of the Year”
  • Commercial Interior Design Awards 2015 – Finalist “Sustainable Interior Initiative of the Year”
  • Middle East Architect 2015 – “The Middle East Power List” voted # 31

2014

  • Middle East Construction Week 2014 – Finalist Middle East Sustainable Project of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2014 – Highly Commended Runner-up Large Architectural Firm of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2014 – Finalist Architect of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2014 – Finalist Residential Project of the Year.
  • International Competition 2014 – Winner Zeralda Family Vacation Resort, Algeria.
  • Middle East Construction Week Qatar 2014 – Finalist Architectural Firm of the Year.
  • INDEX Dubai – The People’s Award 2014 – Winner Contemporary Majlis Design.

2013

  • Middle East Architect Magazine 2013 – voted # 35 The Gulf Power Top 50
  • Construction Week Awards 2013 – Highly Commended Runner-up Sustainable Project of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2013 – Winner Sustainable Design of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2013 – Highly Commended Runner-up GCC Residential Project of the Year.
  • Middle East Architect Awards 2013 – Finalist Architect of the Year.
  • Middle East Hospital Design and Infrastructure Awards 2013 – Highly Commended Runner up Best Hospital Design of the Year (Built), Al Barsha Healthcentre, Dubai.

2012

  • ENEC, Abu Dhabi 2012 – Winning Design Emergency Operations Centre
  • Middle East Hospital Design and Infrastructure Awards 2012 – Highly Commended Runner up Best Hospital Design of the Year (Built), Nad Al Hamar and Mizhar Healthcentres, Dubai.
  • Middle East Hospital Design and Infrastructure Awards 2012 – Highly Commended Runner up Best Physical Environment Design of the Year (Built), Nad Al Hamar and Mizhar Healthcentres, Dubai.

2011

  • Middle East Architect Awards 2011 – Finalist Architect of the Year.

2010

  • Environmental Design Award 2010 of the Al Gharbia Desert RegionWestern Region Municipality, Abu Dhabi

2008

  • Dubai Health Authority 2008 – Winning Design Central Laboratories

2006

  • Dubai Health Authority 2006 – Winning Design, Nad Al Hamar Healthcentre
  • Dubai Health Authority 2006 – Winning Design, Al Mizhar Healthcentre
  • Dubai Health Authority 2006 – Winning Design, Al Barsha Healthcentre