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GEORGE DIMITSAS

GEORGE DIMITSAS

DUBAI

 
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About 

With 13 years of experience, including 9 years in the UAE, George is an award-winning, multidisciplinary Chartered Architect engineer with a focus on Architectural design, Concept, Schematic & Detailed design development, design team & project delivery management. He is a Greek national, based in Dubai, U.A.E, speaks 5 languages & he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

George has extensive years of experience spent in the delivery of high-end, fast track and complex projects across a number of sectors ranging from hospitality to mixed-use/residential in diverse countries that include the UAE, USA, Singapore, Italy, Cyprus & Greece.

Driven by the passion of innovating his own style and offering an exceptional vision of his interpretation of architecture, Dimitsas designs projects with the highest level of uniqueness and sophistication all around the world, always meeting and exceeding his clients’ expectations.

George's work has gained a lot of recognition among the design communities in the UAE, Greece & Italy. His multidisciplinary background influenced his approach to his work, which sought to promote the architectural concept design as the fundamental step underlying all of his architecture. In his recent research and work, he aims to promote a concept of green architecture development for the Middle East and Europe that produces sustainable Architectural knowledge. 

George currently participates in an educational and international program for AIA Architects focused on the Architectural Imagination with an in-depth understanding of both the functional and aesthetic objectives of Architecture, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA. 

His work is influenced by his knowledge of international design and demonstrates a commitment to re-examining Architecture from a more creative perspective. As part of his design approach, he especially looks at master planning projects from a conceptual standpoint, resulting in project development consisting of an intensive examination of design dynamics. Throughout his work, George explores the unique conditions of each project that can be enhanced, embodied, and extended through architecture towards more sustainable futures.

DESIGN PROCESS

George considers architecture as the language that speaks of the place ... The design process is guided by the idea of employing a minimalist material palette inspired by the local context of each project, climate and natural surroundings determined by the pattern of the client's lifestyle & tastes.

 This is the recipe with which he creates timeless architecture, with a strong identity and character of his own.

DESIGN STRENGTH

George's Conceptual creative design skill is his design strength utilizing hand sketches, visuals aids such as 3D Virtual reality, stills and videos, Photo-montages, High definition Renders, Video fly-through and fly-overs. 

George designs simple yet modern-contemporary buildings in their essentiality, inspired by the natural environment of each territory, uses humble materials and enhances the surrounding forms of the building (if any) through the intelligent use of a modern aesthetic.

DESIGN VISION

George's vision is to take client's initial ideas and give them shape and concreteness by creating progressive buildings and spaces that harmonize & enhances the quality of the individual lifestyle with the natural environment and favoring the well-being of those who use them.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

AVRA Group Development, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Associate Architect, Creative Director, Head of Design

Lead and remotely coordinate the concept design & design development stage of several projects in the Middle East, Europe & USA with duties on Client Liaison, Creating building designs with highly detailed drawings both by hand and by using 3d softwares and Working closely with a team of other professionals such as building service engineers, construction managers, quantity surveyors and architectural technologists.

More in detail George’s deliverables from this position covered the following duties:

Report to the CEO. Responsible for a team of 15 Architects & Draftsmen.
Lead and develop projects from early concept through design development
Resolving design and development problems
Managing design competitions for several projects in Middle East Region & Europe
Inter-multidisciplinary coordination
Remotely conducting client meetings & delivering presentations
Reviewing & commenting on contractor’s design & technical submittals
Involvement in design budget estimates & Overall Feasibility studies

Key Projects:

RESIDENTIAL:

The Hellinikon Tower, Luxurious residential Tower, 31 floors, Former Hellinikon Airport, Athens, Greece

HOTEL:

Paradise Hotel, 5 floors+Ground floor Bungalows, Methoni, Peloponnese, Greece

LUX Serviced apartments Hotel, 33 floors, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

COMMERCIAL:

Athens Hellinikon Commercial Center, 5 floors, The Hellinikon, Athens, Greece

MASTER PLAN:

Reconstruction of Aristotle Square's central urban axis, International Design competition, Thessaloniki, Greece

VILLAS:

Mediterranean private mansion, 3 floors, Fisher Island, Miami - Florida, USA

Contemporary Luxury private villa, 2 floors, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Traditional Mediterranean private villa, 2 floors, Tiberio, Capri Island, Italy

Traditional Greek Private villa, 2 floors, Saint George, Antiparos Island, Greece

Façade Uplifting & renovation of 75 villas, 3 floors, Al Maqta village, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Nov 2020 - current
 

Bruce Henderson Architects - BHNS Engineering Consultants, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Principal Design Architect, Head of Concept Design

Report to the CEO & Managing Director. Responsible for a team of 6 Architects & Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Overview & Lead the Concept Design Team for live projects and assist with Architectural Design issues
Coordinate and Lead the Design Reviews, direct presentations to the Client and manage comments and revisions to secure client's approvals
Take a creative lead in the development of the design across the masterplan, individual buildings, residential villas, landscape, lighting and interior design disciplines.
Inter-multidisciplinary coordination, involvement in budget estimates.
Ensure designs are compliant with agreed Design Guidelines & any existing client's criteria.
Ensure creative, cost-effective images of masterplans, buildings and interiors for sales and marketing are procured in a timely manner.

Key Projects

RESIDENTIAL:

Marina Vista Tower 1: 29 floors, Tower 2: 39 floors + common Podium, EMAAR, Dubai Harbour, UAE

Collective 2.0 - 2 Towers, 18+20 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Hills, UAE

Al Deyar Residence, 2 Towers of 35 floors in common podium, Al Deyar, DowTown Jebel Ali-1, Dubai, UAE

River Point, 4 Residential buildings of 5 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Hills, Dubai, UAE

Al Jaddaf Building II, 15 floors, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, UAE

HOTELS:

La Zuli Hotel, 61 floors, Buhaira Corniche, Sharjah, UAE

COMMERCIAL:

EMAAR FM Management Office, 3 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Hills Estate, Dubai, UAE

Ghantoot Mall, 4 floors, Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

MASTERPLANNING:

The Car Museum, 7 Buildings of 4 floors & Master Urban Planning, Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

RT8 Complex, 1 Hotel:51 floors, 1 Offices Tower:26 floors, 1 mall:4 floors & 1 Cultural Center:5 floors, Umm Al Sheif, Dubai, UAE

INDUSTRIAL:

DSOA warehouses, 2 floors, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai, UAE

VILLAS:

Damac Akoya Oxygen Villas, 4500 Residential Villas, DAMAC, Dubai, UAE

Various Private Residential villas, 2-3 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Hills, UAE

May 2019 - Nov 2020
 

Bruce Henderson Architects - BHNS Engineering Consultants, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Senior Design Architect, Concept Design Practice Leader

Report to the Design Manager & the Managing Director. Responsible for a team of 3 Architects & Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Lead and Coordinate the Concept Design Department
Client Liaison and reflection of their Design requirements into detailed Conceptual Architectural drawings
Development of Architectural design proposals
Façade & Interior design proposals
Overview and direct the Preparation of final presentation boards to the client
Inter-multidisciplinary coordination
Follow up with the relative Authorities (TECOM, DM, DCD, DTCM, RTA & Green Building) for live projects
Material study and selection
Involvement in budget estimates & Overall Feasibility studies

Key Projects

RESIDENTIAL:

Al Jaddaf Building, 17 floors, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, UAE

Burj Vista, Tower 1: 71 floors, Tower 2: 28 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Down Town, UAE

The Lagoons, Tower 1: 28 floors, Tower 2: 38 floors, EMAAR, Dubai Creek Harbour, UAE

Creek Towers, 2 Towers of 37 floors, EMAAR, DCH, UAE

Al Suhai Tower, 17 floors, Al Mamzar, Dubai, UAE

HOTELS:

T-001 (Al Sufouh Suites), 26 floors, Reem Real Estate Developers, Dubai Al Sufouh Gardens, UAE

The B tower, 32 floors, Harbor Real Estate, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Acacia, 31 floors, Al Reem Real Estate Development, Dubai Al Sufouh Gardens, UAE

Majestine, 23 floors, DAMAC, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Premier Hotel apartments, 23 floors, Baghdad, Iraq

COMMERCIAL:

The Palace Cafe, EMAAR, 2 floors, Dubai Down Town, UAE

Nesto HyperMarket, 5 floors, Western International, Al Nahda, Sharjah, UAE

Millennium Mall, 4 floors, Jumeirah II, Dubai, UAE

INDUSTRIAL:

Underground Car Park, EMAAR, DCH, UAE

MASTERPLANNING:

Acaccia Avenue, 8 mixed use buildings & Master urban Design, Dubai Al Sufouh Gardens, UAE

Port Rashid, Master Sustainable Urban Development, Dubai, UAE

VILLAS:

Various Private Residential villas, 2 floors, Dubai, UAE:

EMAAR - Dubai Hills

MERAAS - Pearl Jumeirah

Sep 2016 - May 2019
 

Polverini Middle East, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Associate Architect - Project Manager

Working closely with the design & technical team of famous fashion design firms such as CARTIER, CHRISTIAN DIOR, PRADA, D&G, HARVEY NICHOLS, MARC JACOBS & GALERIES LAFAYETTE in the Middle East.

• The primary responsibility of this position is to ensure that each fashion design firm and retail points of sale in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Bahrain meet each brand's environmental requirements and comply with each fashion firm's design codes.

• Travel often within the Middle East region in order to supervise all technical aspects & installation works of designing, producing, and integrating each official distributor POS fixture with a focus on enhancing each brand’s visibility.

• Ensure that merchandising and display elements are correctly installed, implemented, and maintained in each fashion design firm's concept design, in coordination with the Store Designers and Planning Managers of each firm.

• Report to:
- The Managing Director of the Company on a daily basis.
- Architects, Store Design and Planning Project Manager & the Managing Directors of each fashion design firm on weekly basis meetings at each fashion design firm's headquarters.

Responsible for a team of 7 fit-out engineers, 4 Architects & draftsmen

Sep 2015 - Sep 2016
 

Taka + partners, Thessaloníki, GR, Associate - Senior Design Architect

Coordinate remotely with the Concept Design team of the company with design deliverables from this position that covered the following areas:

Report to the founder of the company. Responsible for a team of 3 Architects & Interior Designers.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Development from Pre-Concept up to detailed design proposals
Exterior Facade & Interior design proposals
Lead and direct the development of 3D final renderings and final presentation boards for Senior management approvals
In house multidisciplinary coordination
Architectural material study and selection

Key Projects

HOTELS:

Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, five-star Resort complex, 9 floors, Chalkidiki, Greece

Private Air BnB Hotel renovation, 2 floors, Chalkidiki, Greece

COMMERCIAL:

Twar Mall Cinemas, 2 floors, Doha, QATAR

Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
 

Al-Hamad Contracting Company - Dubai Civil Engineering, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Senior Design Architect

Lead & coordinate the Concept Design team of the company with design deliverables from this position that covered the following areas:

Report to the Design Manager. Responsible for a team of 7 Architects & Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Development from Pre-Concept up to detailed design proposals
Exterior Facade & Interior design proposals
Lead and direct the development of 3D final renderings and final presentation boards for Senior management approvals
In house multidisciplinary coordination
Architectural material study and selection
Involvement in budget estimates

Key Projects

RESIDENTIAL:

PalmaRossa Residence, 14 Floors, Dubailand, Dubai, UAE

Pacific Towers, 6 Towers, 12 floors, Al Marjan island, Ras al-Khaimah, UAE

Mizin, 6 floors, Al Barsha, Dubai, UAE

HOTELS:

PalmaRossa SPA Luxury Hotel, 15 Floors, Dubailand, Dubai, UAE

Lady Tower - 5 star Hotel, 57 floors, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Symphony Hotel (Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Waterfront), 21 floors, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Al Bareeq Tower (Radisson Blu Dubai Canal View), 21 floors, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE

Hilton Hotel 2 Towers, 43 floors, Amman, Jordan

COMMERCIAL - OFFICES:

Carrefour shopping center, 5 floors, Sharjah, UAE

Sharjah Wedding Hall, 2 floors, Sharjah, UAE

Sales offices, 3 floors, RAK, UAE

Bawadi Sales Office, 4 floors, Abu Dhabi, UAE

MASTER PLAN:

PalmaRossa Development, 1 Hotel, 1 Residential building, Spa Center, 200 Vip villas, 8 Vip SPA villas, 56 VIP Townhouses, community center, Shoping centre, School campus, Dubailand, Dubai, UAE

Morocco Private Community, mixed-use Master plan development - 1000 villas, Auditorium, Golf camp, community center, shopping center & 1 Hotel, 5 floors, Casablanca, MOROCCO

Private Villas Compound, Master planning & Landscape design, 2 floors, Al Warqa, Dubai, UAE

VILLAS:

Private Residential villas, 2 floors, Dubai & Sharjah, UAE

Private Residential villa, 2 floors, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Oct 2013 - Jan 2015
 

Ministry of Defence | Engineering department, Athens, GR, Design Architect Engineer

The main aspects of George’s design deliverables from this position covered the following areas:

Report to the Army base commander. Responsible for a team of 25 Architects/Soldiers.
Classified design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Assist in drafting plans, elevations and details for both military residential and military camps projects.
Respond to RFI's during the BID phase and construction.
Assisted Project Managers in the production of construction.
Manage staff in the production of construction documents using AutoCAD.
Prepare 3-Dimensional views and drawings on Sketchup and 3Ds MAx
Prepare and maintain all correspondence (memos, faxes, Contractor submittals, etc.)
Coordinate and review shop drawings and other required submittals.
Construction Management-supervision of military architectural and infrastructure military projects.

From this position, George has been involved in numerous design proposals for military housing, military camps and outdoor areas that belong to the Greek Army during his military service at the Engineering Department | Greek Ministry of Defence.

Jan 2013 - Oct 2013
 

Architetti Italiani & Sabila S.R.L, Pescara, IT, Design Architect Engineer

Working part-time in parallel with his Master’s degree studies at the Polytechnic University of

Architecture in Pescara, Italy

The main aspects of George’s design deliverables from this position covered the following areas:

Report to the Design Manager. Responsible for a team of 3 Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Development, coordination and delivery of architectural and interior design proposals for more than 20 traditional and modern style Private residences, commercial buildings, motels and restaurants in various areas in Europe & USA
Liaison with Clients from initial Concept design
Development of Architectural drawings, 3D renderings and final presentations boards to the client
Development of Projects cost estimates and bill of quantities.

Key Projects

RESIDENTIAL:

Melek Complex, 4 floors, Derinia, Cyprus

HOTELS:

La Sorgente, Interior & landscaping design, 2 floors, Brindisi, ITALY

CULTURAL:

SYNORA, Military monument, Serres, GREECE

COMMERCIAL:

Union State Congress Hall - Nigerian government building, 41 floors, Abuja, NIGERIA

United colors of Benetton, Interior design, 350 sq.m, Pescara, ITALY

La sirenetta ristorante, Interior design, 200 sq.m, Pescara, ITALY

Per Se cafe-bar, Interior Design, 140 sq.m, Thessaloniki, GREECE

MASTERPLANNING:

Union State Congress Hall - Nigerian government building, Landscaping Urban Design, Abuja, NIGERIA

VILLAS:

Various Private Residential villas, 2 floors, Pescara, Italy

Various Private Residential villas, 2 floors, Blancard, Marseille, France

Mansion Private Residential villa, 2 floors, Jemison, Alabama, USA

Several Concept Desing proposals of indoor custom furnitures, kitchen and master bathroom in collaboration with the italian interior design office De Francesco Interiors, Ortona, ITALY

Oct 2009 - Jan 2013
 

Università degli Studi 'Gabriele d'Annunzio'​ di Chieti - Pescara, Abruzzo, Pescara, IT, Assistant Tutor

Assistant tutor for taught module in Sustainable Architecture and study- design of renewable energy sources
Assistant tutor in teaching 3D Google Sketchup Pro, photorealistic rendering by using Shaderlight photorealistic software & animating by using Lumion Pro

Sep 2009 - Feb 2010
 

Maratheftis & Yiannouris - Architects & Engineers, Nicosia, CY, Trainee Design Architect Engineer

The main aspects of George’s design deliverables from this Architectural Internship position covered the following areas:

Report to the Design Manager. Responsible for a team of 2 Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Produced interior finish boards, illustrated drawings, 3D sketchup models and realistic renderings for a variety of clients.
Involved in the development, architecture, design, as well as lead engineer in the final implementation.
Produced and analyzed technical drawings, specifications, reports, bids and RFI’s.
Utilized Sketchup & 3Ds Max in order to provide to clients building and facility 3D models.
Developed detailed 3D interior sections drawings with the use of Sketchup.

From this position George has been Involved in the Design & construction supervision of IKEA store and shopping mall “SIAKOLA”, Nicosia CYPRUS

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006
 

Maratheftis & Yiannouris - Architects & Engineers, Nicosia, CY, Trainee Design Architect Engineer

The main aspects of George’s design deliverables from this Architectural Internship position covered the following areas:

Report to the Design Manager. Responsible for a team of 2 Draftsmen.
Design documentation from Concept stage to Construction documents.
Produced interior finish boards, illustrated drawings, 3D sketchup models and realistic renderings for a variety of clients.
Involved in the development, architecture, design, as well as lead engineer in the final implementation.
Produced and analyzed technical drawings, specifications, reports, bids and RFI’s.
Utilized Sketchup & 3Ds Max in order to provide to clients building and facility 3D models.
Developed detailed 3D interior sections drawings with the use of Sketchup.

From this position George has been Involved in the Design & construction supervision of IKEA store and shopping mall “SIAKOLA”, Nicosia CYPRUS

Jun 2005 - Aug 2005
 

Education 

Harvard University, Massachusetts Avenue Heights, DC, US, Executive Education - Online Professional Certificate for AIA Architects

Executive Education - Online Professional Certificate for AIA Architects

Jan 2021 - current
 

Università degli Studi 'Gabriele d'Annunzio' di Chieti, Pescara, Italy, Pescara, IT, MArch, Master's degree (M.Arch) in Architecture and Civil Engineering

Master's degree (M.Arch) in Architecture and Civil Engineering

Nov 2009 - Nov 2012
 

Università degli Studi 'Gabriele d'Annunzio' di Chieti, Pescara, Italy, Pescara, IT, BArch, Bachelor’s degree (B.Arch) in Architecture

Bachelor’s degree (B.Arch) in Architecture

Sep 2004 - Sep 2009
 

Awards 

Design AWARD by the German Design Council | German Design Award Special 2019, Honorable Mention

Project: Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, 5 stars luxury hotel complex, 9 floors, Chalkidiki, Greece

In 2019 the Architectural team Taka + Partners that George Dimitsas was participating has been nominated & awarded for the above-mentioned iconic Project by the German Design Award Special.

2019
 

Tribute to the Greek Architect George D. Dimitsas by the Greek National TV, Honorable Mention

Tribute to the Greek Architect George D. Dimitsas for his contribution to the International Architectural Design as a Greek Architect ambassador living and working abroad - January 2019 | Thessaloniki - Greece | Greek National TV

2019
 

Best European Hotel Interior in Greece | Design AWARD by the International Property Awards, 1st Place

Project: Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, 5 stars luxury hotel complex, 9 floors, Chalkidiki, Greece

In 2018 the Architectural team Taka + Partners that George Dimitsas was participating has been nominated & awarded for the above-mentioned iconic Project by the International Property Awards.

2018
 

Middle East Architect Awards 2017 | Hospitality Projects Category, Nomination

Nominee for the Tower Concept Design Awards | Project: Lady Tower, 5 stars Hotel tower design proposal, 57 floors, Business Bay, Dubai, UAE (2017)

2017
 

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