After working with Architect Hassan Fathy between 1979 and 1989, Rami El Dahan founded Rami El Dahan & Soheir Farid Architects with Soheir Farid in 1983. Since 1996, the firm is known as El Dahan & Farid Engineering Consultants, a limited liability Company.
The firm is especially experienced in Vernacular Architecture and the use of locally available construction materials, and techniques including training programs for Architects and masons as well as Rehabilitation Projects, Restoration of Historical and Old Buildings.
RDSF staff consists of over 30 Architects, and 5 professional structural engineers, technical support plus back-up accounting and secretarial help. The employee base is very stable and has a great experience working together on projects of all sizes. All production people have experience using CAD technology and all staff is computer literate. The computer technologies are regularly updated. This combination of well trained personnel and high caliber technical support consistently generates top quality with maximum economy.
Their latest project is the Ismaili Centrein Dubai (under construction). They have designed several resorts, centres and hotels in Egypt, such as the Movenpick Hotel in El Quseir (199I); planning and design of the El Gouna Town Centre, including commercial and housing projects, the Mosque and several hotels (1993-2002); Hyatt Regency Taba and Sheraton Miramar Hotels, in association with Michael Graves (1996). They have also completed a considerable number of urban planning projects and rehabilitation of historic monuments. They are the architects of the Hilltop Restaurant in Azhar Park, Cairo (2004).
Source: Rami El Dahan & Soheir Farid Architects Website. http://www.rdsf.com/ [Accessed April 12, 2005]
"Originally conceived as a secluded, five-star restaurant set on the higher hills within the park, the design has evolved to that of a two-storey facility featuring a full restaurant, outdoor terrace, lobby, and, upstairs, a tearoom and manzara cafe.
The total facility consists of 1300 square metres on the ground floor and 500 square metres on the first Access is via the park main entrance (see drawings) and along an internal access drive. A zone for parking(twenty-four cars) will be provided opposite the restaurant entrance; valet parking will be able to park surplus cars in the main parking bays off the park entrance.
The building, designed by architects Rami El Dahan and Soheir Farid, provides a traditional shell for the various dining zones within an interpretation of historic Cairene architecture. The restaurant plan is based on a symmetrical layout whose central axis passes through an entrance palm court, an entry portico, or takhtaboush, before arriving at a terraced garden overlooking the main axis of the park. Along this axis, vistas of the park's main promenade and the Citadel complex, beyond, can be seen."
Rashti, Cameron. "The Development of Azhar Park". 2004. Cairo: Revitalising a Historic Metropolis. (Stefano Bianca and Philip Jodidio, eds.) Turin: Umberto Allemandi & C. for Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 149-163.