Imad Kayyali

Imad Kayyali

Mississauga, ON, CA



I am a professional designer with solid experience in residential, educational and hospitality projects. I have been involved in the design of large-scale developments in the Middle East, North Africa and North America. In addition to my strong design background, I've lead teams to carry out large-scale developments including design, project management, and property development. I have managed and designed over 10,000 residential units in Dubai between 2001 and 2006. My computer skills cover AutoCAD, Revit, Sketch-up, Primavera, MS Project, MS Office, and others. I have practiced architectural design in Jordan from1983-95, Dubai 1995-2011, Toronto, Canada 2012-2016, Dubai 2016 to 2019 and Canada (Toronoto and Burlington (2019 till present time).



ALPS Inc., Burlington, ON, CA, VP Design and Engineering

May 2021 - current

Badran design studio, Toronto, ON, CA, Consultant

Managed the company's projects including cultural, commercial, residential and hospitality projects

Jan 2019 - May 2021

OBE Architects, Dubai, AE, Design Director

In charge of the company's design works, especially sports architecture

Aug 2016 - Jan 2019

IMK Design Studio, Mississauga, ON, CA, Managing owner

Worked as a consultant to Peter Gabor Architects, Toronto, Badran Design Studio, Jordan and others

Jan 2012 - Aug 2016

Manazel Real Estate, Abu Dhabi, AE, Director, Design & Project Development

• Led a team of professionals to develop Al Reef Development project; a 250 acre gated community comprised of 4,200 units, designed the signage system for the Development Led presentations & meetings with authorities to support obtaining approvals & designed a fully integrated school & a mixed-use community- wellness centre
• Prepared the interior concept design for the company's new headquarters
• Initiated & Led the redesign of the 17 residential towers of BMC Mix Use Development; applying value engineering to increase the project's efficiency and enhance return
• Led the redesign of Amman Gardens project; a 125 acre development of townhouses & apartments, prepared the new master plan & designed new buildings & public realm
• Reviewed & prepared project scope, Request for Proposals & Tender Documents

May 2009 - Dec 2011

Dubai Holding, Dubai, AE, Technical Director

• Provided advice, guidance & technical support for the design team & consultants, conducted the prequalification process for consultants and contractors in Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia including meeting with them on site
• Responded to bidder enquiries, prepared addenda, & chaired bidder's site meetings
• Negotiated contractual terms & cost of critical issues & proposed solutions for: Dubai Tower, Doha; a 93 story mixed-use project; hotel, apartments, offices & retail, and, Yiti Resort, Oman; a 420 Ha golf course & beach resort, 5 star hotels, spa & residents
• Manged the master planning and architectural design for: Shinas Resort, Oman, a 500 Ha; golf course, 5 star hotels, spa, equestrian centre & marina, and, Bahrain Resort
• Led a team of architects to design Amwaj Bouregreg Mix-Use Development, Morocco

Feb 2006 - May 2009

Emaar Properties, Dubai, AE, Director, Development

• Led a team of professionals, contractors, consultants & other intra- & inter-divisional stakeholders to implement projects' studies & feasibility analysis including Sales& marketing, Project management, Facility management
• Prepared construction budget estimates & cash-flow & monitored expenses
• Prepared concept design and managed designs prepared by architects
Developments List:
• The Montgomerie Golf Clubhouse
• The Springs Developments 14 phases (5,300 Townhouses units), Dubai
• Hattan Luxury & Executive Villas, 162 units, Dubai.
• The lakes Development: (1,200 detached and attached units).
• Emirates Hills 642 plots: Alhambra 24 Villas, Signature 20 Villas & EH 24 villas
• The Greens, Mid-rise Residential buildings, Phase 1
• The Meadows Developments 9 phases (2,000 Detached Houses), Dubai
• Town Centre including Gym, swimming pool, 12 treatment rooms spa & retail.
• Umm Al Quwain Marina Development, master plan stage
• Arabian Ranches, including: Hattan, Al Reem, Gazelle & Savannah Developments
• Support to Burj Khalifa Development. Dubai & Emaar Pakistan’s projects, Islamabad

Mar 2001 - Feb 2006

Dubai Municipality, Dubai, AE, Senior Architect

• Evaluated proposals & tender documents, conducted consultant interviews & made recommendations for award
• Lead the tendering process & made recommendations for approvals
• Interviewed manufacturers & suppliers, conducted research on new materials & construction techniques, to ensure that consultant & contractor proposals are suitable
• Initiated & orchestrated the "Thermal Insulation System" in Dubai
• Prepared the "Standard Consultancy Agreement" for the organization
• Carried out the master planning of Dubai Central Fruit & Vegetable Market (300 acres)
• Designed a Private Palace, Nadd Al Shiba, Dubai, 4,000 m2. (Concept Design)
• Managed projects during the pre-contract stages including: Dubai 2003 venue for the IMF & the WB conferences, Dubai & the Women Association, Dubai Rehabilitation Center, Sport Club for People with Special Needs & Eight Sport Halls for DEZ

Mar 1995 - Mar 2001

Dar Al Omran, Amman, JO, Senior Architect/ Project Manager

• Directed the design process & prepared sketches & designs; provided direction to the team in the preparation of design drawings, 3-D, specifications & tender documents
• Advised and participated in specification writing. Selected projects:
• Five Star Hotels, Petra, Jordan: Moven-Pec 16,000 m2 & Nabatean Castle 14,000 m2
• Hapco corporate offices & showroom, 5,000 m2, Quaismeh, Amman
• Madi Commercial Center, 19,000 m2 (high rise) & Wahbe Center, 2,000 m2, Amman
• Queen Alia International Airport Development, 3,000 residential units, Jordan
• Engineers Association Housing (apts.) & AlFarouq Housing, 280 hill-side villas, Amman
• Grand Mosque & Justice Palace, Riyadh, K.S.A. team member won Agha Khan award 95
• MOE 7th Loan Sector Project- 8 Schools, Irbid, Jordan
• Architectural Competitions: Hawalli Complex, Kuwait (1st prize), Abha Girls University, Abha, K.S.A. (1st prize), the Jubilee School, Jordan (2nd Prize)

Jul 1983 - Mar 1995

University of Jordan, Amman, JO, Part-Time Lecturer

Lecturing on architectural graphics

Sep 1991 - Jul 1993


University of Jordan, Amman, JO, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1978 - Jul 1983


Shield of Honor from the "Jordan Architects Society", 2012, Award


Agha Khan Award of Architecture 95, team member, 1st Place

Member of the design team


HEFPS, Scholarship


UNRWA, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization