Ammar Kalo

Founder of KALO Design Studio

Ammar Kalo is a UAE-based designer, researcher, and educator whose work explores the intersection of digital technology and traditional craft. From large spatial designs to small-scale objects, Ammar’s work centers around the relationship between materiality and form, with a keen eye for intricate detailing.

Throughout his career, Ammar’s work has been recognized with multiple international and local awards, including the Emerging Designer award from Harper’s Bazaar Interiors. In 2016, the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York acquired two of his pieces for its permanent collection, solidifying his place among a select few designers from the UAE to have work featured in such a high-profile museum.

Most recently, Ammar’s work was featured in a Christie’s London auction of exclusive Middle Eastern design, where pieces from his robotically fabricated ‘Carabus’ collection were sold to eager collectors.

Ammar is also a highly regarded educator, serving as an Associate Professor and Director of Labs at the College of Architecture Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah. His research and teaching focus on a range of design disciplines, including robotic fabrication, furniture design, and design-build courses.

With a diverse and accomplished career spanning design, research, and education, Ammar Kalo is a leading voice in the global design community, constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible through his innovative and thought-provoking work.