Our Profile

The journey

Design International was founded in 1965 in Toronto, Canada. With truly innovative design becoming the brand’s identity, the practice quickly found its footing in the arena of architecture and has since spread its wings across the globe with headquarters in London, and offices in Milan, Shanghai, and Dubai. 

Tracing an upward graph in over five decades of architectural exploration – today, projects flourish in 45 countries, spanning across the sectors of Retail & Leisure, Mixed-Use, Hospitality & Living, and Offices. The company has pioneered many design features that have since become industry benchmarks. These include the use of glazed roofs to create covered “streets” that are flooded with daylight (Bugis Junction, Singapore) and creating malls that interlaced retail and entertainment in the same space. The Morocco Mall in Casablanca, which challenged conventions by placing the retail anchors at the centre of the mall and Il Centro in Arese, Italy, with its reimagining of the market square to attract and engage visitors, were designs that pushed the boundaries of retail architecture.

Driven by its strength in teaming passionate architects who create stories of breathing spaces that bring and bond people, they also invest a strong belief in working towards a circular economy where sustainability is embraced – each of their chosen projects reflects this too. With over 10 million sqm of built architecture, Design International is constantly evolving to the demands of time, countries and communities. Current involvements include a host of projects in Europe, India and the Middle East, as well as innovative mixed-use developments in China and residential engagements in the United States.

The DI Foundation echoes the company’s commitment to creating spaces in conjunction with sustainable and circular values while communicating its intrinsic need to associate with projects representative of a greener frontier in architecture. This initiative fosters the DI Campus, a platform where these connected minds help to build a brighter future, imparting their rich experience with the next generation of designers, and promoting an inspiring exchange of ideas.

Our Awards


Arabian Property Awards

Retail Architecture Dubai - Silicon Central

Asia Pacific Property Awards

Retail Architecture India - Lulu Mall Trivandrum



RLI Awards

Designer of the Year

Most Anticipated Opening - Silicon Central


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Tunis Garden City


European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Italy - Caselle Open Mall

Arabian Property Awards

Best Mixed-use Architecture Abu Dhabi – Reem Towers


European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Serbia - Ada Mall

European Property Awards

Retail Architecture Italy - Maximall Pompeii

RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Highly commended


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Kingdom City Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best New Shopping Centre - Il Centro

International Property Awards

Best shopping mall - Silicon Oasis

Africa & Arabia Property Awards (IPA) 

Retail Architecture - Silicon Oasis

European Property Awards (IPA) 

Retail Architecture - Maximall Pompeii


RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Design International

Central and South America Property Award

Best Retail Architecture - Mall of Guadalajara

Central and South America Property Award

Best Mixed-Use - Mall of Guadalajara


RLI Awards

Designer of the Year - Design International

Arabian Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture  - Metn.Point


RLI Awards

Most Innovative Retail & Leisure Concept - Morocco Mall

MIPIM Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Morocco Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Morocco Mall

ICSC Global Awards MENA

Design and Development (Gold)

Guinness World Record

The largest in-store shop fa?ade - Morocco Mall


RLI Awards

Future Project Award - Cleopatra Mall



International Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture Worldwide - Cleopatra Mall

MAPIC Awards

Best Shopping Centre - Odysseum

International Property Awards

The International Architecture Award (retail) - Cleopatra Mall


International Property Awards

Best Retail Architecture Morocco - Morocco Mall

Arabian Property Awards

The Architecture Award - Morocco Mall

Crafting and delivering an experience that is tailored and personal

Our Clients

As an international practice, we work with clients from all over the world; from large companies with global reach to individuals who may have interests in one specific city. Whatever the size or scale of the project, our clients all share one goal: to create buildings that attract and engage everyone who visits them.

We have worked with some of our clients for many years and have built close working relationships with them. They tell us that some of the reasons they like working with us include: our focus on working collaboratively with our clients so that we co-create projects in line with their needs; our ability to set new trends; and our capacity to articulate local stories so that all our buildings work in harmony in their surroundings and also provide a tailored experience for visitors.