Ahmed Zaidan returned from New York in 2004 after working for several New York firms including Rafael Viñoly Architects, to found EdgeArch, an international planning, architecture, and design group based in Rome with branches in Europe and the Middle East, and since then has been in the position of President and Lead Designer. Over the years the firm has grown from a small team to one of the leading young firms with several billion Euros worth of projects value.
An internationally awarded architect with successful career designing and engineering significant civic buildings. During his 20 year career, Ahmed has designed three major airports, several hospitals, higher educational and research buildings, as well as cultural and art facilities.
Ahmed participated as a speaker on several architecture related conferences, and served as a judge for the World Architecture Festival 2018 international awards. Educated at the Pratt Institute in New York, one of the world’s top architecture and design schools, where he earned both his Bachelor and Masters of Architecture with Highest Honors. Ahmed is a board member in the Saudi Arabia’s oldest newspaper publisher, sat on the boards of two multinational industrial companies with activities in the GCC, a member of the Young President Organization, a member of Engineers Committee at Jeddah Chamber of Commerce, and a consultant to Makkah Region Council. He has spoken in several professional conferences, and his designs have been published in several architecture magazines and books.
Ahmed led an international team of consultants for the master planning and complete re-design for Abha Regional Hub Airport, in Abha, Saudi Arabia. A few years ago, he led an international consortium to master plan and design a greenfield airport in Jazan, Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah Airport. Ahmed was lead designer on all major landside project components. Prior to that, he led and designed the King Fahad Specialist Hospital Oncology Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia,and Taif Children Hospital, a 300-bed hospital in Al-Taif, Saudi Arabia, and winner of the Best Hospital of the Future Award.
On the line of educational and research facilities, Ahmed Zaidan led and designed the College and Deanship for Distance Learning at King Abdulaziz University, a 48,500 square meter facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The first of its kind facility in the country, shall house exam facilities for more than 4,000 students, as well as various high-tech labs and curriculum preparation studios. He led the designs for King Saud University Advanced Manufacturing Institute Building and the Sustainable Energy and Technology Center, recipient of the German Design Awards 2019, both are the first of their kind high-tech research facilities in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Ahmed led a consortium between EdgeArch and Architecture Studio, Paris, France, to design King Abdulaziz University Convention and Media Center which contains an Exhibition and Conference Center, a Media Center and Studios, and two office towers of 15 floors, at a total project built area of 56,000 square meters.
Ahmed Zaidan design and leadership experience extends to many other types of projects encompassing residential, cultural, and diplomatic projects such as the competition winning contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to design the Saudi Arabia Consulate, Residence, and School Complex in Karachi, Pakistan, category winner at World Architecture Festival 2017.
An entrepreneur at heart, Ahmed realized the need for architects to collaborate with engineers that share similar design sensibilities and passion for form, space, light, human condition and emotion, as he did. In 2018 he decided to launch EdgeAllies, headquartered in Rome, an international design and engineering group for the specific purpose of providing architects, and owners, with engineering that drives grand emotions.