James Wright | FAIA, NCARB

thierry paret | FAIA, NCARB, MRIAI, ARB, LEED AP

First Vice President, AIA International Region
Principal at Thierry Paret-Architect

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Thierry Paret is an American architect, with 25 years of richly diverse experience in the USA, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Thierry previously worked as a Design Studio Lead for major Irish and US Firms where he designed pharmaceutical, laboratory, education and residential projects. More recently Thierry was an Advisor to the Qatari government working on program wide strategic initiatives for their multi-billion dollar portfolio comprising of the Healthcare, Educational and General Sectors.

Thierry earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and is a registered architect in the States of New York, Nevada, Oklahoma (dormant), Utah (dormant) and the Republic of Ireland. He was elevated to the College of Fellows in 2014 at the age of 47.

Thierry was a founding member of the AIA Middle East Chapter and served as its first President from 2010-2012.  He also was one of the founders of the AIA International Region and served as its Treasurer in 2014-2015. He previously served on the AIA Membership (2013-2014), AIA Community Committees (2013) and AIA Knowledge Committee (2016). In 2015 Thierry was elected as one of six Directors At Large (2016-2017)on the AIA's National Board.

As a result of his significant contributions, in 2012 Thierry Paret was honored as the 41st most influential person in the Middle East and North African consgtruction industry by top regional magazine feauturing the "Power 100" in the industry. That same year he was also voted the 16th most influential architect in the Middle East by Architect Middle East Magazine.  Over the past 4 years he has supported the US Commerce Department with Trade Missions to the Middle East. He has also been an organizer of AIA Middle East End of Year Conferences since its inception.  Thierry's work has been published in Damdi's Competition Panel Book, Interior Magazine, Big Project Magazine, New York Times and other publications.

Thierry sits on the Advisory Boards of the American University in Dubai and Qatar University supporting them in their bids to become NAAB Accredited. He previously sat on the Advisory Board of Informa, the organizers of Cityscape events in the Middle East.

Thierry holds an FAA Private Pilot's License, is a fourth degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate who competed in the 1996 Sixth World Open Kyokushinkai Full Contact Tournament in Tokyo, Japan.  He is also an advanced tennis player and enjoys road cycling.