Dubai, United Arab Emirates: (AETOSWire): Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward McIntosh as Regional Design Director for the Middle East. Based in the United Arab Emirates, he will focus on expanding Atkins’ design and architecture business presence and capitalizing on its regional growth potential.
“Over the past 50 years, Atkins has established a proven track record of designing some of the region’s most iconic projects ranging from full-scale communities to individual buildings that blend aesthetic and functional elements, while promoting human interaction and sustainable impact,” said Adrian Lindon, Managing Director, Design and Engineering, Atkins Middle East & Africa. “Bringing a wealth of experience in design and architecture, Edward will play a key role in supporting our business strategy focused on delivering high quality services to our clients across the region, as well as driving growth opportunities in key markets.”
Edward has 16 years of experience leading international architectural design teams and projects in sports, commercial, retail, residential, and hospitality markets in South America, UK, China and South East Asia. He started his career in Ecuador where he delivered several commercial and hospitality projects incorporating innovative low-carbon construction materials. Through this work, he received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies at Columbia University in New York where he graduated with the highest design awards. He then worked for 6 years at Populous in London where he successfully led the design of more than two dozen arena, stadia and sports masterplan projects. He also led the Grimshaw’s South East Asia design team focusing on retail, hospitality, workplace, transit-oriented development and sports projects.
Edward holds a Master’s degree in Architecture, Planning and Preservation, from Colombia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York. As an industry expert, he has published articles and has given public presentations about architecture, sustainability and society at international design forums and academic organizations.