3 ideas Limited

Dr Sandra Piesik is a Director and Architect, the founder of 3 ideas Limited, an architectural consultancy specializing in architecture, design, cultural research and technological innovation.

Sandra has worked on more than 60 projects, ranging from mixed used developments, airports, residential and educational buildings to offices and hotels. She has worked in various countries: the United Kingdom, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Able to apply a wide range of media in art, design and architecture, from oil painting, silk screen prints, product design, interior architecture, exhibition design, theatre design and to design and delivery of buildings (including contract administration during the construction phase).

In 2005 Sandra commenced a research on the technology transfer of renewable materials. She has worked extensively in the Middle East on projects that have aimed to reconnect historic culture to the contemporary environment and her doctorate was focused on date palm leaves as a natural building material in innovative construction suitable for application in the developing world. Her research resulted in the invention of date palm leaf "bundling" technology that enables construction of large span palm leaf gridshell structures.

Sandra presented Sabla: The Palm-Leaf Shelters project (an integrated scheme aimed at utilisation of date palm leaves for building construction) during the 3rd Scientific Conference of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in Mexico in March 2015 as well as during Milan Expo 2015. She continues to works on technology transfer and engages in a COP21 technology transfer and development debate and implementation.

Author of “Arish: Palm – Leaf Architecture” (2012), General Editor of “Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for A Changing Planet“ (2017). Founder of The Research & Development Group Eco-Systems specialising in contemporary transfer of traditional technologies, consultant to The British Museum and nominator for the Aga Khan Award in Architecture projects.

She is a Registered Architect with Architects Registration Board in London, Chartered Member of The Royal Institute of British Architects, Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society with Institute of British Geographers.


Dubai 2015
The Middle East Architect Awards 2015
Sabla: The Palm-Leaf Shelters

Winner of the Community & Cultural Project of the Year 2015 and second runner for the Sustainable Project of the Year.

The first modern date palm leaf building in The Middle East.

London 2010
The Architectural Review, Emerging Architecture Award
Highly Commended project
Arish House, Liwa Oasis, Rub Al Khali Desert, United Arab Emirates

The project initiative was to reconstruct once again an Arish house based on a photograph taken by Wilfred Thesiger in 1948 with local community participation. Bedouin women, who previously used to construct and live in Arish houses in Liwa Oasis from Al Mazrouei tribe offered invaluable assistance. It is the first time after 40 years that this building typology, so deeply embedded in the landscape and culture has returned to the Liwa Oasis and the Empty Quarter.

about us

Dr Sandra Izabela Piesik
Director, Architect
BA(Hons)Arch AA Dipl MA Art PhD RIBA FRGS