Zuhair Hamed Fayez


About Zuhair

Dr. Fayez was born in Jeddah in 1945.

After receiving his early education in the Kingdom he travelled to the USA to pursue his higher studies. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (BARCH) (1970), Bachelor Degree (BSC) in Engineering (1970) and Master’s degrees in Urban Design (MARCH) (1971) from the University Of Colorado (CU), USA.

He also pursued his Doctoral degree at the University of Michigan, emphasizing his research on housing for developed countries; targeting a methodology by using Time-Space analysis and using Saudi Arabia as a case study. In April 2010, CU’s Board of Regents conferred on Dr. Zuhair H. Fayez the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa at CU-Boulder.

Dr. Fayez, Chairman, Board of Directors of Zuhair Fayez Partnership, established his Architectural and Engineering consultancy in Saudi Arabia in 1975, on his return from his studies and initial professional experience in the United States. It now ranks with the most eminent consultancies in the world, and has offices in Jeddah, Riyadh, Al-Khobar & Cairo. It is currently licensed by the Ministry of Commerce for the practice of Architecture, Engineering & Information Technology throughout Saudi Arabia. ZFP was the first in the Middle East in its field of A&E, IT Consultancy firm to receive the ISO9001 & Tick-IT Certificate.

Dr. Fayez was recognized by the government for his achievements and contribution to the profession & society and was appointed to the membership of the 1st Session of Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia (Shoura Council, the Legislative arm of the Government - similar to the US Senate) in 1993 for a four year term. Also, he was member of the Provincial Council Makkah Region for 4-year duration (2005 – 2009).

Since 2010, Dr. Fayez has concentrated his efforts in establishing companies that specialized in the fields of infotainment, edutainment, entertainment, training, education through extremely advanced technologies - hardware, software and content development of virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, etc. that resulted in founding several new companies in these fields such as Barajoun Entertainment FZ-LLC, the first CGI studios in the MENA region and resulted in producing several animated full feature films.

Dr. Fayez founded also Midwam Edutainment Limited Company, a company that specializes in education using Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) and Alif Baa International Systems for Education & Entertainment, a company that invests into entertainment venues using primary VR and AR.

Dr. Fayez is:

  • Founding member and Chairman, Board of Trustees, of Dar Al-Hekma University for Girls in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Founding Member of Dar Al-Fikr Schools, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Trustee at the University of Colorado Foundation.
  • Member of CU Boulder Chancellor’s Global Ambassadors Council
  • Member of the New Advisory Board, College of Architecture & Planning, University of Colorado, USA.
  • Founding Member of Fazlur Rahman Khan Chair, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Board Member, Jeddah Holding Company for Development, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Member, Saudi Council of Engineers, Saudi Arabia.
  • Member, U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Dr. Fayez was:
    • Member, Board of Directors of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (JCCI), Saudi Arabia for four years (2001-2005).
    • Director on the Board of Dar Al-Fikr Schools, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Environmental Design, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia & for the environment design college at King Fahd University
    • Member of the Global Advancement Council, Lehigh University, USA.

Dr. Fayez holds several professional memberships, such as:
Al-Omran Society, CTBUH, AIA, CSI, NFPA & others.