After working with Architect Hassan Fathy between 1979 and 1989, Soheir Farid founded Rami El Dahan & Soheir Farid Architects with Rami El Dahan 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]
Ibrahim, Abdelbaki Mohamed (ed). 1998. Kafr el-Gouna Village on the Red Sea. In Alam al-Bina. Cairo: Center for Planning and Architectural Studies, 17-25/206.
Hurghada is one of the areas that has the highest rate of internal and external tourism; this had led to the growth of touristic investment in and around Hurghada. One of the most important places is the El-Gouna Resort, and especially the area of Kafr El-Gouna. This project started in 1992 when a residential complex was needed for a group of employees working in tourist hotels in the area and so, it was necessary to find a living community for them suitable for the surrounding environment. The seventy units, after completion, were found completely consistent with the surrounding environment. This has led to the use the place for tourism and an alternative solution had to be found to house the employees housing outside of Kafr el-Gouna. The tourism development operation for the area began with the addition of other residential units, chalets, hotels, shops, bazaars, and cafeterias, as well as a museum, theater and health club. Architects Rami El-Dahan, Soheir Farid and Ahmed Hamdy. (Taken from English summary on page 9)