Mohammad Ismail, AIA

Mohammad Ismail, AIA

Charlotte, NC, US

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Leader with extensive hands on experience in running and developing projects from inception, Design through Construction Management and Administration services.

Expert in effective,  efficient Management methods and controls for successful completion of varied project types and varied Contract delivery types.

Successfully Managed large scale projects with Sub Bid Packages to speed up the construction schedule.

Ability to disseminate the Construction documents and the required coordination between all disciplines and with all stake holders including but not limited to Governing jurisdictions, Sub Consultants and others Engineering disciplines.

Excellent understanding of the Construction phase requirements and strong ability to plan and anticipate miss-coordination issues and solve complex site construction issues.


KEO International Consultants, Kuwait, Director

Active engagement as the Architecture and Engineering Design Services Director for KEO in charge of all Design operations, staff management and Client relations.
Member of the company leadership team in charge of operations and financial targets for the firm.
Some of the major tasks are:

• Evaluate incoming Requests for Proposals, (RFPs) and develop the
proposal Scope, deliverables obligations and Contract terms negotiations
• Assign the required teams and Managers to execute the projects as per the
defined Financial models and the execution plans.
• Assign and engage the required and applicable vendors and international
• Review and implement all applicable, codes, regulations and zoning
• Establish tight Project Execution plans including risk management, Client
relations and Quality Control systems.

May 2015 - current

KEO International Consultants, Kuwait, KW, Project Director, Portfolio Manager

Completed various hospitality and high rise office tower projects for leading government and private developers in Kuwait.

Responsibilities and design services covered the following:
1. Assist Clients in defining the Scope of Work, Project program areas and
program functions
2. Retained applicable specialty services from leading international Sub
Consultants and specialist vendors
3. Plan and Execute the Project Design phases and deliverables
4. Management of in-house architects, engineers, sub-consultants, costs of
development estimates and tendering/ Bidding options.
5. Established and executed Sub Tender Packages to speed up the project
construction phases
6. Conducted Cost Cutting and Value Engineering conferences and
documents reviews
7. Follow ups on all governing authorities and jurisdictions
8. Site and Construction Support services including Field reviews and Mock
up approvals

Completed Design and Construction Administration services for:
1. Forty-six corporate office tower for Kuwait Investment Authorities of Kuwait,
total area of 132,000 M Sq at an estimated Construction cost of over US $
2. Forty-five story corporate office tower and Five Star “Four Seasons” Hotel
at an area of 148,000 M Sq at an estimated Construction cost of US
3. Renovation and remodeling of a historic “Sheraton Hotel and an adjacent
“Four Point” hotel tower complex, total area of 55,000 M Sq and at an
estimated construction cost of over US $ 240,000,000
4. Colleges of Architecture and Computing Science at the new campus for
Kuwait University in collaboration with international consultants. Area of
over 85,000 Sq Mt and an estimated Construction cost of $300 M
5. Other high education, Applied education, vocational colleges and K-12
6. Various Shopping Malls, Shopping centers and high end restaurants in
7. Many auto Showrooms for major brands, like, GM, Cadillac, Honda, Toyota,
Nissan and Hyundai

Dec 2010 - Apr 2015

AL Mal Investment company, Kuwait, KW, Project Manager/ Client Representative

Client Representative for “AL Mal” Development and investment company to manage new economic city project the city Ha’il, Saudi Arabia with an estimated area of sixty-seven square Kilometers.

represented and assisted the developer and all stakeholders in master planning, feasibility studies, stake holder management, international consultants and business development activities.

management of various engineering and master planning services in order to meet the business objectives of the development and compliance with the Saudi Government Economic City Authority.

Apr 2010 - Dec 2010

KEO International - Project Management and Construction, Kuwait, KW, Project Manager

Management services to represent the Investment and Development Client, NREC of Kuwait for planning and execution of new Mega Shopping Mall complex located at Reem Island in the UAE, (Al Reem Mall and Carina Views Residential tower). Total development over 350,000 M Sq

Assisted the Client, investors and Consultants in the detailed development of the Project components, areas and fictional programs for the Shopping Mall, office complex, Residential Towers and other high end components.

Generated and drafted all Sub Consultants contracts, vendors and service providers.
Assisted the Design teams in ensuring compliance with the development purchase agreement provisions and obtaining applicable local approvals.

Review and monitor of construction cost estimates, monitoring of design schedules, monthly progress reports, assisting the client in design decisions. Established the development of tendering and procurement strategies, and the subsequent review of tenders and assisting the owner in contractor selection and agreement execution.

Apr 2008 - Apr 2010

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte, NC, US, Senior Associate - Projects Manager

Team leader responsible for strategic planning and repeat client relations. assisted leading retail clients in achieving their strategic growth targets with unique design solutions.

Duties and operational responsibilities included the following major tasks:
1. marketing, business development, project programs, Contracts and
2. Talent identification, resource assignment and management to suite the
client and project demands.

3. Established effective system of checks and project management tools to
ensure timely completion of projects within established budgets and
delivery plans.

4. provision for total design and management services for over twenty-five
high end retail centers and food service projects. Methods such as visuals,
3-D models reflecting fully integrated interior and exterior design.

5. Assisted various clients to develop unique brand identities by designing
complete package of collaterals, graphics, finishes and lighting design.

6. Construction management services, utilizing the most up to date
construction management methods and tools as specified by the American
Institute of Architects and the American Construction Specifications

7. Pre Contract services such as site development studies and selection,
zoning approvals, site and government approvals, contract negotiations,
contract writing, construction development services and tenant and end
user fit out services.

Apr 1994 - Apr 2008

Martin Boal Anthony & Johnson, Charlotte, NC, US, Project Design Architect

Collaborate and coordinate the project Concept and Contract Documents design for various government buildings, educational facilities such universities and K-12 schools.
Conducted interactive design sessions and interviews with the appropriate educational teachers and administrator. Developed the design to meet functional program requirements after which developed the construction documents.
Prepare renderings, photography and marketing material.
Cross check design documents with contractors to ensure compliance with Construction cost budget targets.
Site construction administration services, filed visits and support.

Oct 1989 - Apr 1994


University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC, US, BArch, Architecture

Thesis based five year professional degree in Architecture following completion of the Bachelor of Art in Architecture.

Aug 1985 - Aug 1989

Areas of Specialization