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An accomplished Director with visionary expertise in solving complex problems in a global, fast-paced environment using a rare combination of business and creative skills. Over 20 years in the architecture, design and real estate development industry with a track record of successful and award winning projects against the backdrop of demanding external realities. Seeking a challenging management role that creates significant value and makes the built world a better place, one project at a time, with the following expertise:
Site Selection & Feasibility
Due Diligence & Financial Structures
Client Liaison & Travel
Strategy & Action Plans
Global Experience & Contacts
Published & Award-winning
New Business & Marketing
Presentations & Proposals
Budgets & Scheduling
Permit & Public Process
Design & Documentation
External Consultants & Internal Staffing
Green Design & Value Engineering
Tenders & Construction
Leadership & Mentoring
Community Service & Charity Work
Abercrombie and Fitch, Director
• Designed and initiated the aggressive rollout of multiple international flagship stores (14) in Europe and Asia.
• Developed a new Flagship prototype, and implemented previously nonexistent standards and procedures.
• Provided strategy, selection, evaluation, and lease coordination for several new retail opportunities.
• Successfully resuscitated a troubled project by renegotiating a lease agreement, which now promises to be one of the most profitable Abercrombie & Fitch stores in Europe.
• By incorporating construction work into the Landlord’s contract for one particular project, was also able to shorten the overall construction schedule by 3 months.
• Weekly presentations to CEO on Flagship store progress, design and construction issues.
• Set up and supervised the internal and external teams responsible for store documentation and construction, across geographical, language, time-zone and cultural complexities for Flagship projects.
• Developed, monitored, and successfully kept on track aggressive schedule and budget targets.
• Extensive studio leadership, and mentoring of small internal team (7) of project managers and designers via weekly meetings, presentations, recruiting interviews, staffing, strategy tips, and time-management lessons.
Gensler, Design Director
• Hand-picked to lead a design team for the Shanghai Tower Project, a 4million sf, office, hotel, retail, super tower project, currently under construction. At 632m (2075ft), this will be the tallest building in China, and the second tallest building in the world, and has over 128 floors, 3000+ working drawings and 5 different Green strategies.
• In recognition of outstanding work on the Shanghai Tower Project, was selected to stay on to guide and mentor the Shanghai office, and lead other projects.
• Spearheaded the design and documentation of over 20 different mixed use masterplan, retail, entertainment, hospitality and super tower projects in over 20 different global locations.
• Co-managed a studio of 27 people by providing hands on design direction, staffing, mentoring, chasing business leads, writing contracts, marketing, and giving multiple presentations to clients or government officials while travelling on average 3 days per week.
• Extensive business travel to manage clients and projects in USA, in South America and in over 30 different cities in China.
• Awarded Design Director title after over 4 years of visionary designs in July 2010 but left Gensler prior to the official award ceremony in December 2010.
Woods Bagot, Project Director
• Specifically appointed to lead the complex transformation of 1912 Edwin Lutyens heritage building into a super deluxe apartment hotel, a new benchmark of hospitality, in Mayfair, London.
• Managed an internal team of 8 people, and an external team of consultants to complete the documentation for the project on time, and organize for the construction of the hotel to occur without disrupting the functioning of the biggest ballroom in London of 2000 seats, directly underneath.
• Directed a number of masterplan proposals, competitions, and business development leads, which later became successful projects.
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, Design Director
• Partnered with Pritzker award winning international architects Renzo Piano from Italy for the Morgan Library project and Jean Nouvel from France for the Rutgers Campus and 100-11th Ave Residences projects to provide local support and ensure success with their innovative New York projects.
• Designed, documented, and created presentations to the Mayor of Rutherford, New Jersey for the Highland Park mixed use project featuring main street concept, parks and 3189 residential units.
• Spearheaded the design for numerous international and local competitions with many successes including the Shanghai Cultural plaza project – a 2000 seat Broadway style theater set into a park, and the Reed-Putnam mixed use project in Norwalk, Connecticut.
• In recognition for the competition winning design for the Shanghai Cultural Plaza, and efforts during the documentation phase, was awarded the title of Design Director, a position that did not previously exist within Beyer Blinder Belle.
• Provided design direction for several major high profile built projects such as the Muhammad Ali center in Louisville, Kentucky, the Natick Mall in Boston, the Apollo Theater in New York and the Kansas City Live downtown rejuvenation project.
New York University (NYU), Masters, MBA
MBA degree, - conferred by 3 top universities in London, Paris and New York
Executive MBA (Global): NYU (USA), LSE (UK), HEC (France) Top Student: Strategy, Marketing
• Three degrees, including two architectural and an MBA degree, conferred by 3 top universities in London, Paris and New York for a ‘book wise’ education. Lived and worked in five different countries with over 20 years experience for a ‘street wise’ education.
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), MArch, MArch (Urban design)
MARCH (Urban Design): RMIT, Melbourne, Australia Full scholarship 2003
Note: Published book based on this body of work called 'free cell urbanism' available amazon.
The University of Auckland, BArch, Barch (Hons)
BARCH (Hons): University of Auckland, NZ Top Student final 2 years
PUBLISHED: ‘Free Cell Urbanism’ 2010 available amazon
parachute pavillion, Other
EXHIBITED: Parachute Pavilion 2006
PUBLISHED: ‘Hudson Rail Yards’ 2004
Venice Prize, 1st Place
WINNER: Venice prize 1991
Awarded to AUCKLAND UNIVERSITY and collaborating students
GDEA award, 1st Place
GDEA AWARD: Shanghai Tower 2008
Turoa Ski Lodge, 1st Place
1st PRIZE: Turoa ski lodge 1995
Chaffers Housing, 1st Place
1st PRIZE: Chaffers Housing, Wellington 1993
Courtney Bus Terminal, 1st Place
1st PRIZE: Courtney Bus Terminal, Wellington 1992