John Hanke

John Hanke

Los Angeles, CA, US



34+ years successful in architectural business, 20 years Design Principal, Design Director, Project Director, international experience in Europe/Middle East/North America/Asia/Africa.
Project Management, Site Management.

Lecturer/Instructor at the University of Applied Sciences and Art in Lueneburg & Buxtehude/Germany.

Senior Lecturer/Instructor at Al Hosn University Abu Dhabi Architecture Engineering.
Advisory Board Member Al Hosn University Abu Dhabi.

motivated & independent worker, strong technical skills, strong leadership, lead the architecture design & provide guidance/direction during the project phase, managing day to day activities effectively, deliver projects in time & budget, manage the team/staff @ highest technical & design level, develop and maintain client relationships, teaching, directing, design leadership, sophisticated designs combined with economic solutions, patience, strong analytical & problem solving skills.



Dorsch Business Development JLT | Dorsch Holding GmbH, Dubai, AE, Director Architecture

The current position at DBD JLT calls for the following performance to be carried out professionally:
- promote and assure design and technical excellence in every stage of work
- establish manpower calculation, business plan, budget plan for each project
- ensure that projects meet/exceed set targets
- quality control management
- secure financial resources for future development and/or expansion
- identify, establish, pursue and maintain business connections/client relationships
- review financial statements and activity reports
- measure productivity and target achievement
- determine area which require cost reduction
- direct and coordinate financial activities for all projects
- review project budgets and cost forecast
- financial and contractual risk analysis
- etc.

Mar 2012 - current

Dorsch Holding GmbH | DC Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, AE, Director Design & Building Department

Running the Design and Building Department for projects in the UAE, GCC countries, Middle East & Asia, participate in Design Competitions, pursue & secure new business, maintain positive relationships with customer, vendors and employees. Communicate effectively to customers, authorities, employees. Manage day-today operations, supervision of staff, analyze workflow & operational inefficiencies, create maximum productivity, create & improve document policies & procedures & make necessary improvements, assign & manage project teams, coordinate project starts & completions. Managing department and projects in budget and time.

Mar 2010 - Jan 2012

Fluor Enterprises, Inc./TRS, Abu Dhabi, AE, Engineering Design Manager

Engineering Design Manager for the Sowwah Square Abu Dhabi Financial District on Sowwah Island in Abu Dhabi/UAE. Managing a team of Engineers/Architects. Set up a new document control system on site to save time and make work more effective. Responsible for the Infrastructure Information Management as well as for the Architectural Information Management. Managing the team to track and answer RFI's, Surveillance Reports, NCR's, track with Peer reviewer Thornton Tomasetti Chicago on structural and engineering issues, with ESD Chicago for MEP issues, the team Is running and updating all logs. Managing the engineers and architects for coordination on site and coordinating the architectural design and detail drawings between the architects, Goettsch Partners Chicago and Gensler London and the GC OGER Abu Dhabi to satisfaction of client's representative John Buck International. Follow up on Health & Safety requirements on site. Risk/Change Management, operating/managing the Quality Control Team, Crew scheduling, Material coordination, dry layout, mock ups etc. Sowwah Square was a Design-Build project.

Mar 2009 - Mar 2010

Woods Bagot, Dubai, AE, Project Director

Project Director for the Jebel Ali Expo Plaza Project, located next to the new International Jebel Ali Airport Dubai, Schematic Design to DD phase, 4 hotel towers, Pullman/Novotel for Accor Group and Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn for IHG, 2 podium with BoH and FoH of the hotels, 2 shopping center with mall concourse, basement delivery/storage/technical area, Truck and Bus terminal/station as well as delivery, pick up and drop off zones, plaza design, coordinating with Woods Bagot Sydney, Brisbane and HongKong as well as with sub-consultants In London and China. Managing a team of 70 Architects, financial and architectural responsibility, running the project to client's satisfaction. Project investment US $ 1.8 billion. The new Exhibition City/Expo Plaza will emphasize the new center for trade shows, fairs etc. within the DWTC, Dubai World Trade Center. The project is designed to match the LEED silver/gold requirements.
Project Director for a mixed use development, Mina al Arab, in Ras al Khaimah, the overall investment is about US $ 1.0 billion. Responsible for managing this project In general, directing the team from concept design to tender & construction documentation, all responsibilities and decisions are with the Project Director, reporting directly to the Regional Managing Director ME, Middle East.
Mina Al Arab, a mixed use leisure and holiday beach resort, The development is situated along the beach at Ras Al Khaimah. It consists of 3,500 residential units and a retail core of 40,000m2. The residential element is made up of 388 residential villas and a number of high rise towers. The layout for an Abra taxi service with stations etc. was part of the scope of work. The development contains 11 high class ( 4* & 5*) hotel developments.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2008

nhp partnership, Hamburg, DE, Owner & Design Principal

1983 – 2006 nhp partnership | self-employed | owner

Clients | Projects

2004 – 2006 ip+p, International Planning & Project Management Dubai | U.A.E
Design study for an office-tower, 29 floors, In Business Bay Dubai
Design for a shopping center in Ras Al Khaimah, 60.000,00 sqm 645,834.62sqft with additional Hotel Complex, 1st prize in competition
Design study for "The Gates" 4 towers with shopping center, offices and residential units, 2 towers with 85 floors, 800.000,00sqm/8,611,128,30sqft
2002 – 2004 Novitas, Athens | GA | USA
Concept design stage for 4 residential tower in Athens, GA, USA. Negotiations with local authorities, overall investment calculations for all disciplines incl. infrastructure, roads, environmental sustainability, master plan etc., in consens with client, finalizing concept design report.
1985 – 2006 1994 – 2001 1986 – 1994 1986 – 2004
Main Projects:
HBB, Hanseatische Baubetreuungsgesellschaft Luebeck | Germany ECE Project Development Company Hamburg | Germany
Ln Lothar Nentwig, Vermoegensverwaltung | Seevetal
Ecklebe Wohnwelt Hamburg | Hamburg | Germany
• Rostock Bentwisch Kaufland Shopping Center, 70.000,00sqm/753,473.73sqft
• Sterncenter Potsdam ECE Shopping Center, 145.000,00sqm/1,560,767.00sqft
• Bardowick Shopping Center Ecklebe Company, 24.000,00sqm/258,333.00sqft
• Shopping Center Schwerin for Ecklebe Company, 24.000,00sqm/258,333.85sqft
• Miscellaneous office buildings in Hamburg and Ahrensburg
• Retirement facilities in Ahrensburg, Hamburg, Luebeck, Kiel.
• Re-design of the central car park with new traffic layout/design for the main/central bus terminal in Kiel with connection to
the Shopping Mall Kiel Sophienhof and the Central Railway Station Kiel.
• Hamburg-Altona toom-Shopping Center,
• Marktkauf Shopping Center in Voerde,
• Miscellaneous luxury residential units and villas in and around Hamburg
• Extension Elementary School in Hittfeld and new Highschool in Salzhausen
• Elbschloss Villa Compound Elbchaussee Hamburg

Jun 1983 - Jan 2006


University of Hildesheim, HIldesheim | Germany, MArch, Architecture

Full course program for Design | Design Development | structural engineering | steel | wood | concrete | free hand sketching | site management | Psychology | Social Studies | etc.

Jan 1973 - Dec 1977

Areas of Specialization