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Kuwait Investment Authority Headquarters, designed by KEO, wins International Architecture Award

We are delighted that the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) Headquarters building has been named a winner in the Corporate Building category at the Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Awards 2022. These awards are the world’s first and oldest annual global design awards program and recognize the most significant and inspirational building and urban planning projects around the world.

A distinguished jury of international designers selected winners from over 450 entries to be honored at a special awards ceremony held at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.


In the category of corporate buildings, the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) Headquarters building was named a winner of an International Architecture Award. The KIA building is an icon on the Kuwaiti skyline. The podium’s structural inspiration is drawn from the traditional form of the dhow, representing Kuwait’s past heritage, while the tower symbolizes its soaring global presence into the future. The traditional mashrabiya façade is not only eye-catching but uses its clever geometry to fulfill passive design principles.  

Darryl Custer, Managing Director, KEO Design who attended the event , “I am very proud to have represented KEO and to have received this award on behalf of the talented team of designers and engineers who worked so hard to create this spectacular building. The design and realization of the KIA Headquarters represents everything that is special about architecture; a design that clearly demonstrates a sense of place. ”


KEO’s President and CEO, Donna Sultan:

“The KIA building is an exceptional piece of design, expertly bought to life by our dedicated team of designers, engineers and construction professionals. It is a real honor for everyone in KEO and all those associated with the KIA Headquarters to be granted the prestigious International Architecture Award.”


KEO provided complete consultancy services including concept and architectural design, interior design, structural and MEP engineering, construction management and supervision services as well as final handing over and commissioning.  ​

Congratulations to everyone who worked on this remarkable project and thank you to the organizers of this wonderful event.