Brian is an Associate with SOM for 13 plus years starting in NYC office and relocating to the Dubai office the last 5 years. With over ten years’ experience working in the Middle East region as a technical design architect he works with various SOM offices through the design/documentation and construction of hotel/residential towers, cultural projects and hospitals with a focus on construction administration.
Phillip Jones joined B+H in 2011 and has more than 27 years of experience managing international, complex and large-scale projects. He has worked extensively in the Middle East and North Africa for over 25 years, where he honed his ability to successfully partner with global clients on challenging projects and drive business development. Prior to joining B+H, Phillip practiced with other major firms and worked on such notable projects as the Doha City Centre Expansion, as well as the Dubai Marina Community Master Plan and Flagship Six Tower Mixed Use Development (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Jeddah Kingdom, Saudi Arabia).
Phillip’s success with large mixed-use projects is based in the design resolution of the public realm and led to his recognition with the Architecture and Global Urban Design Award in 2005 for his work on Dubai Marina while with another firm. He was also one of the authors of the City of Toronto’s initial Tall Building Design Guidelines. Phillip complements the B+H senior team and contributes to the expansion of its client base in the Middle East and Canada.
Martin graduated from the acclaimed Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in Canada in the mid 90s before relocating to South East Asia where he attained his design knowledge on large-scale projects with HOK Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. Martin also worked in Singapore for 3 years as Senior Design Architect with award winning Kerry Hill Architects. After moving to Dubai in 2005 his work has since matured on multi-disciplined design on a variety of buildings types.
Throughout his career Martin’s design has been instrumental in attracting highly regarded clients expecting only the finest quality development with an international elegance. He has worked closely and directly with prestigious clients such as Hines US, IBM PRC, China Telecom PRC, Centrair Japan, Aman Resorts Singapore, GHM Hotels, Beaufort Group HK and Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company UAE to name a few.
DJ is a senior principal and Managing Partner of ZAS Group of Companies, with over 35 years of experience in managing and designing tall buildings, large scale and complex developments. His creative approach to developments has earned him a reputation of being one of the most credible people in the industry.
Over the last 35 years, he has been associated with several high-profile projects in UAE, Canada, Caribbean Islands, France, Ivory Coast, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Oman, Kurdistan, Iran, Morocco, India and Angola.
Dr. Armin has a PhD. in Architecture and a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Sorbonne University in Paris.
Bart Leclercq is a chartered engineer and is currently a Client Director at Aurecon in the Middle East, where he is responsible for forming strategic alliances with key and local partners, harnessing synergies between organisations to deliver exciting projects around the world. A major part of his time is dedicated to the Middle East, home of many spectacular, one-of-a-kind projects. To ensure success for clients, Bart takes a co-creative and unconventional approach that helps them bring their breath-taking ideas to life.
Bart has over 18 years of experience working on residential, commercial, hospitality and retail buildings and structures. During this time he has worked on a variety of project scales, from individual buildings to large-scale mixed-use developments.
As project director, Bart brings a vast amount of managerial and client liaison experience to help clients bring their ideas to life. He has worked on several major projects within the Middle East, including the City of Arabia and the Dubai World Trade Centre where he was lead structural engineer. He also acted as structural advisor on projects including Aquaventure at Atlantis and One&Only The Palm on Palm Jumeriah.
With his experience and knowledge of the Middle East, Bart provides strategic, design and technical leadership to Aurecon’s teams working on major projects around the region. His dedication to developing others will be channelled into educating, inspiring and motivating junior colleagues to achieve high standards of design quality, client service and project delivery.
Prior to joining Aurecon, Bart held positions working for WSP, Jacobs Engineering and Arup. During his career, Bart has worked internationally on projects in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland and the Middle East, where he has gained experience of working on a variety of different building typologies and construction industry practices.
Bart studied at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, and is a specialist in the design of mega building projects. He presents extensively across the Middle East, on a range of topics related to the design of large-scale developments.
With over 18 years of International Corporate Finance and Real Estate Investment and Development experience, Jay began his professional career with the Olympia & York Executives who are renowned for bringing major successful landmark developments to the market such as Canary Wharf in London, First Canadian Place in Toronto and Battery Park in New York City.
Jay joined former key Olympia & York Executives at Commercial Property Investments (later merging with Matthews Southwest) in London in 1997 as an Associate assisting in international property and finance projects throughout the entire development and investment life cycles. Deal highlights and clients included the Norwich & Ipswich Railway Station Regenerations with Network Rail UK, Canadian National Railways European Headquarters in Trafalgar Square, London and acquisition advisory work for Brookfield Properties. During this time Jay was involved in large scale projects and major transactions totaling over 1 Million square feet in complex financing (securitization), “on time on budget” construction delivery and ongoing asset management/disposal programs for Tier 1 clientele.
Promoted to Director at Matthews Southwest (“MSW”) in both Canada and the United Kingdom after only 3 years, Jay was an integral part of MSW's Core North American Executive Team (5 members) that delivered over 4 million square feet of AAA Landmark Blue Chip commercial, hospitality, residential, industrial and retail space in Toronto, Dallas and Calgary valued at over USD 3 billion. Clients and partners included Bell Mobility, Government of Ontario, H&R Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:HRT), Trans Canada Pipelines (NYSE:TRP), Ritz Carleton, Merrill Lynch, Maritz Canada, Foster & Partners, DTZ, RBC Capital Markets and EnCana (NYSE:ECA) the last of which is Canada’s largest, single tenanted corporate office tower (The Bow) sold to HR REIT after tender for circa USD 1.5 billion in 2007.
During 2007, Jay was recruited to support the creation of Arady Properties P.S.C. in Abu Dhabi, UAE establishing the company in the emerging Middle East Private Equity Real Estate industry. With Qatar Investment Authority and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan as its prime shareholders and an original capital of USD 50 million, Arady's balance sheet grew to USD 500 million by September 2008.
In 2009, Jay Co-Founded Wyndham Capital Partners (UK) with Mr. Michael Head (ex-CFO of Qatari Diar) and was its Chief Investment Officer. The company’s activities are grounded in real estate transactions with proven capability to develop, finance, acquire, dispose and manage real estate assets. The company generated fees of USD 1 million in its first year and originated transactions of more than USD 7 billion with Pramerica and High Net Worth Private Family Offices as its key clients.
As of 2012, Jay accepted an offer to join, structure and grow AECOMs MENA Development and Investment Team working with AECOM Capital, the new private equity investment and development arm of AECOM (NYSE:ACM) a USD 8 billion revenue, Fortune 500, 45,000 professional real estate services company focused on generating new advisory and project revenue from its global list of institutional and sovereign wealth clientele. Jay reports to the Investment Committee in New York as well as covering the EMEA region as its Director sourcing and implementing advisory mandates, co-investments/developments and the creation of joint venture investment platforms with regional Soverign Wealth Funds’s.
ay holds an Economics and Political Science Degree from Simon Fraser University, Canada (Full Scholarship) and a Masters Degree in Property Development and Finance from London University (South Bank), United Kingdom. In addition, Jay successfully passed the license course for Commercial Real Estate Agents in Alberta, Canada as well as being an official Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors in London, England (MRICS).
Jay is married with a daughter, holds UK and Canadian Passports and speaks English and French fluently.
Benjamin has been working as a façade professional for more than 12 years with projects around the world and long-term positions in London, New York, Dubai and Stuttgart. After working for whitybird/Ramboll for five years, he headed his own facade engineering team and built up the Dubai office of Werner Sobek in the position of Executive Vice President.
He joined Meinhardt Façade Technology in 2012 and became Technical Director in 2013. Benjamin published numerous articles/papers and is a regular speaker at international glass and facade conferences.
Jonathan is a professional structural engineer with over 17 years of experience in Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia. Jonathan’s main passion is in the design of super high-rise structures with challenging composite steel/concrete structure. Having been involved in the design of a vast numbers of super high-rise buildings throughout his career, he is also very passionate in Wind Engineering.
Jonathan has almost 12 years (3 years whilst living in Sydney and more than 9 years living in Dubai, UAE) highly specialised project experience in the Middle East, and has also led various design teams simultaneously between Australia, Middle East and Asia.
Jonathan was selected as one of the youngest senior key-member of staff for the Burj Khalifa project from 2004 to 2008. In 2008, he received a high achievement award from Hyder Consulting ME Ltd on behalf of Ivor Catto, Chief Executive Hyder Consulting Ltd. Jonathan has also been selected as one of the key members of the Hyder PEG (Professional Excellence Group) and HIPO (High Performance Operations) group from 2007 to 2010.
Amongst his professional achievements, he has also been nominated for the 2006 Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Institute of Engineers, Australia (IEAust), and shortlisted for the 2006 Future Leaders Award by the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia (ACEA). Jonathan is also a member of the Council of Tall Building and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) which is based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Peter Van Gorp is the Director of the Fire and Life Safety Division at AESG with responsibility of running and developing the division.
Prior to joining AESG, Peter worked in the fire consultancy and engineering at several companies, including Tebodin and Ramboll.
Peter has been working as a Fire Engineer for more than twenty-three years of which 13 years in the Middle East in the building construction market as well as the oil and gas market.
He handled building fire and life safety projects ranging from schools, hotels, hospitals to large shopping malls to multi occupancy high rise and industrial developments, from initial concept to assistance during construction.
Peter has also been involved in the fire safety system design and engineering fire safety system construction supervision and site management and in assistance and witnessing of testing and commissioning of fire and life safety systems.
He has extensive experience in fire risk assessments ranging from qualitative fire risk assessments of refinery and chemical processes to quantitative fire risk assessments of installations. In his role, he has conducted numerous risk assessments involving gas installations and involving the storage and handling of hazardous materials as well as fire safety audits of chemical plants, refineries, oil and gas terminals and paint factories. Peter has chaired What-if analysis and value engineering sessions.
Peter is a Fire Safety Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the Sector. As an Associate Director at BuroHappold, Peter co-ordinates the Asia, India and Middle East consultancy activities in addition to developing fire strategies and fire systems analysis for projects. His career started in the UK in an operational role with the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Following a serious injury at a high-rise fire he moved into specialising in Fire Safety Engineering. Peter is actively involved with promoting international best practice within the industry and has been instrumental in setting up a branch of the Institution of Fire Engineers in the Middle East (GCC UAE Branch) where he is currently the Branch President.
Robert has over 16 years' experience in the field of fire safety engineering, 10 of which have been in the Middle East. Since graduating from the Fire Safety Degree course at the University of Central Lancashire he has undertaken a variety of roles within the Fire Safety Industry. He started his career with AkerKvaener, Portsmouth carrying out fire protection system designs for Petro-Chemical and Pharmaceutical facilities before moving to International Fire Consultants Limited (IFC), High Wycombe. Whilst working for IFC he gained extensive experience in managing and witnessing Fire Resistance Tests, undertaking Fire Risk Assessments and preparing Fire Safety Strategies and Fire Engineering Solutions for a variety of building types. During this period in his career he completed the Master’s Degree course in Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ulster.
In 2007 Robert joined Buro Happold, Dubai to establish their Fire Engineering team in the Middle East. During his time with Buro Happold he worked on multiple, large mixed use / high rise developments. In 2009 he was awarded Chartered Engineer status with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and qualified as a Certified Fire Protection Specialists (CFPS) through the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
At the end of 2009 Robert moved to Riyadh and joined the Arriyadh Development Authority as their fire safety advisor. Robert was responsible for developing fire safety management policies and procedures for their historical building stock.
In 2010 Robert returned to the UAE and joined WSP. In this role, as well as undertaking design work and leading projects as a Project Director, Robert has been instrumental in growing and developing the team from 4 to 30 Fire engineers and creating a Global team of 450 Fire engineers. His role includes the day to day management of the team, financial reporting and business development.
Nigel has been a visionary leader in the development of mixed use sustainable residential and masterplans projects across the region for the past 12 years. Nigel has in the past been placed in the Top 50 GCC Architects and previously in the top “Power 100 in Construction GCC” and his sustainable initiatives have been greatly published.
Nigel has been developing master plans for some of the region’s largest developers at VX and he look into approaches of how to create mixed use master plans work within the unique constraints of the Region where we have a greater dependency on the Car. His works look into how to make more passive walkable communities and how architecture and planning uses can create the true “Live, Work, Play” concept a reality in the region.
Nigel is currently developing new master planning guidelines based on intelligent facades and the needs of the future city to consider future energy generation systems.
Nigel and VX are currently working on some of the leading Master Plan developments in the region for leading clients.
Holley Chant, LEED AP, GSAS CGP is the Executive Director of Corporate Sustainability and Commissioning at KEO International Consultants, a 2,500-person organization ranked in ENR’s Top 20 International Project Management Firms and BD World’s Top 100 Architecture firms. She has built the firm’s sustainability business from the ground up, driving projects that meet LEED, Estidama, CEEQUAL and GSAS sustainability standards for both public and private sector clients across the GCC.
Prior to KEO, as Estidama Planning Manager at the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, Holley played an instrumental role in launching the GCC’s 1st mandatory sustainability compliance initiative. She created numerous educational series on the integrative design process for property developers, government authorities, and other high profile individuals in the fundamentals of sustainable building design.
Under her leadership, KEO Sustainability won the “QGBC Green Service Provider, Building Consultant” Award 2016 in Qatar. Holley is a recipient of the Middle East Consultant Leader of the Year Award in 2016 and the Middle East Architecture Awards Principal of the Year Award (2012). She has served as the sustainability judge in the Dubai Cityscape Global Awards (2014-2016), The Middle East Hotel Awards (2015) as well as the Middle East Architecture Awards (2016 and 2014). She has spoken at numerous professional conferences internationally and lectured at educational institutions including Harvard University and the Masdar Institute for Science and Technology.
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