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Senior Architect / Urban Designer

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
October 16, 2016

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Elie Mrad

M. Arch & Urban Design

Tel: 971-**-***-****

Dear Sir / Madam,

Complexity is part of my design process, Simplicity is my goal. I am expressing my interest to apply for a senior position in your esteemed company. I have completed a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Sydney (Dean’s list of excellence award 2007) and have gained more knowledge in how to generate strong, purposeful and visionary urban design /architecture initiatives and concepts, and further my understanding of policies and guidelines, with the objective of winning more international competitions. My experience includes large scale developments and Master Planning projects in the U.A.E, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Australia and South Sudan. I am constantly developing my communication / teaching of architecture and urban language.

My experience has been developed drastically by working with Robert Nation, who is an award winning architect with more than 40 years experience in all facets of architecture both nationally

(Australia) and internationally.

My understanding of different cultures and accommodating these is a welcome part of my work. A Japanese flavor catalyst is added to my experience after vising Japan for two months exploring the architecture, culture, cities and the urban Japanese system. In addition, my work is always paralleled with academic context. Tutoring and assisting in several schools (Australia, South Sudan) added a special knowledge to my career. Please see my CV for further information about my experience and achievements. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

Arch. Elie Mrad

Elie Mrad


University of Sydney, Australia

Master in Architecture (Architecture and Urban Design) November 2007 Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic performance in Architecture and Urban design Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

Bachelor of Architecture July 2000


• Leading projects’ delivery from concept stage to detailed stage.

• Constant spatial research that enables me to design diverse spaces.

• Built a successful relationship with clients for successful business.

• Develop abilities concerned with the recognition, investigation and explanation of urban forms in terms of their physical characteristics and the circumstances that shaped them. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

DEWAN Architects & Engineers Abu Dhabi, UAE June 2014, till current. For more than three decades Dewan Architects & Engineers has been one of the region's leading lights – guiding, driving and catalyzing the extraordinary evolution of the Middle East's architecture and engineering design industry.


Senior Architect / Design Manager


• Establish detailed work plans to meet project milestones and continually monitors progress.

• Actively monitor progress, identifies issues for resolution, develops strategies for presentation to client, informs Principal in Charge and / or related discipline leader of issues and recommended course of action.

• Actively participates in strategic discussion with senior management on issues that affect the Firm’s performance, perception in the marketplace, client satisfaction and profitability.

• Work independently with minimal supervision of a Principal to prepare conceptual solutions to Client programs

• Develop and articulate a rationale for design concepts and explain them to clients and others.

• Exhibit thorough understanding of complex building materials and systems, details and construction techniques, primary structural and MEP/FP systems and their operation, and secondary building systems, and conveys that knowledge.

• Leading, developing and mentoring the architectural design team. Elie Georges Mrad


DOB 01-01-1977

Nationality Australian / Lebanese

Languages Arabic (native), English (fluent)

Tel +971*********

Elie Mrad

Major Projects

DOUBLE TREE HILTON Jubail, KSA 2016 ongoing (Concept Design stage) Dewan Architects and Engineers.

Role: Concept (Client &Operator coordination).

The brief called for a four-star, 224 key distributed between Hotel and apartments (Hotel 154 keys, Apartments 70 keys) contemporary hotel operated by Double Tree Hilton. Facilities are set to include a ballroom and meeting rooms, specialty restaurant and bar, executive lounge, spa and fitness center, and light-filled atrium lobby. The U shape is established as key to the distribution of the various functions. REEM MALL Abu Dhabi, UAE 2014 ongoing (Design Development stage) Dewan Architects and Engineers.

Role: Design Development.

The Project is a super-regional shopping mall development with a net leasable area of approximately 2,000,000 sqft with an anticipated completion date of Q1 2018. The allowable GFA for the shopping Centre is 260,000m2. The shopping center will focus on convenience

(large hypermarket anchor), primary anchors (large department stores), mid-range fashion, leisure and entertainment, providing the center with up to 2,000,000 sqft GLA and 6,250 car parking bays. At this scale, the center is primed to compete directly with Yas Mall, and the existing retail offering on Abu Dhabi Island.

DAMMAM-3 Dammam, KSA Tender Submitted April 2015

Dewan Architects and Engineers.

Role: Designer, coordination with subs and project management. Dewan was commissioned to design and implement 150 double story villas in reclaimed land. There are three types of villas: Detached, Semi-detached and Town houses.

PARSONS HEADQUARTER Abu Dhabi, UAE Schematic Design Submitted Dec 2015, ongoing for tender.

Dewan Architects and Engineers.

Role: Authorities coordination, DD sketches.

The Parsons’ regional headquarters development is located within the Zayed city area. It consists of two office buildings with shared basement and podium parking levels. The office is to host the Parsons’ regional headquarters and the design intent is to create a grade (a) office building based on the British council for offices standards which shall make the development one of few in the region to provide such high standard office space. The design is aimed at creating a development with significant architectural presence and impact, utilizing a contemporary mass composition with an elegant and modern architectural detail language. Elie Mrad

Venture International Juba, South Sudan ( November 2009 April 2014 The firm was established with the vision to create architecture that responds to existing conditions by optimizing resources.


Managing Director / Design Manager


• Preparing project program and concept scheme designs from Client briefs.

• Presenting design scheme to the clients.

• Pricing the project through different stages.

• Managing design stages with constant supervision on site till project delivery.

Major Projects

CITY BUISNESS HOTEL Juba, South Sudan Design proposal 2013 Venture International, Juba.

Role: Designer.

The project is under design development stage. This 5 stars hotel compromises of 200 rooms with their services and facilities. My responsibility was to prepare a design proposal and presented to the client. The program has been recognized in a functional order. It starts with the parking lot, situated in lower basement, and conference room located on the ground floor. The first and second floors house the major hotel facilities, such as the swimming pool, gym, juice bar, breakfast area and the main hotel restaurant. VENTURE RESIDENCE Juba, South Sudan completed 2011 Venture International, Juba.

Role: Designer and project manager.

This is a design and built project. Venture took the lead on this project as designers, builders and developers. The building is comprised of 13 one bedroom units (42sqm each), each with its own kitchen, full bath, and living space. The accommodation building features a rooftop terrace which affords an excellent vantage point to view the airport area scenery and provides a spacious area for outdoor entertaining. In addition, residents have access to a private gym and a garden on the ground floor.

USAID RESIDENTIAL COMPOUND Juba, South Sudan completed 2012 Venture International, Juba.

Role: Designer and project manager.

This project involves the construction/assembly of 180 modular

(prefabricated) units. The modular units (3 units) are stacked one on top of the other forming the basis of the new two story cabins. The 30 buildings have major structures which are integrated as design elements, such as staircases, balconies and verandas to give the cabins habitual objects. In addition, all cabins have certain site preparation and water, sewer and electrical connections. Elie Mrad

PARADE SHADE Juba, South Sudan 2012 Design proposal Venture International, Juba.

Role: Designer and authorities’ coordinator.

The John Garang Mausoleum and memorial parade ground is the place where the birth of the new nation was announced and celebrated on 9 July 2011. The 1500 seats are used for both national and international events. The design of the parade shade, located in front of an active road, addresses the question of urban context by inserting a multi-layered ceiling that reflects the colors of the Republic of South Sudan’s flag. KANNFINCH Sydney, Australia November 2004 July 2009 KANNFINCH is a multi-disciplinary consultant services group spanning Australia, South East Asia, China and Middle East, providing solutions in Master planning, Architecture, Interior design, and urban design. Position

Project Architect / Urban designer


• Initial design concept and design development.

• Evaluate urban design programs, proposals and built works.

• Coordination of the design intent in documentation drawings.

• Make amendments and corrections to drawings and documentation information.

• Produce 3D cad study models to assist the design process. Major Projects Urban design

G4 CITIES MASTER PLAN Alamty, Kazakhstan 2008/2007 KANNFINCH group, Sydney.

Flowing an international urban design competition, KFG were appointed to produce a Master Plan and series detailed urban centre development plans for 4 cities covering an area 70,000 hectares of rural land to south of Almaty. The 4 cities are Gate, Golden, Growing and Green with a total population 350,000 people. The company sent me to Almaty for three month for presentation and coordination with the local authorities.



KANNFINCH group, Sydney.

The Municipality of Doha decided to upgrade the corniche into a world class tourism destination, in a form of international competition. The corniche located 8km from the capital Doha. It is divided into six main components as keys to the competition. These components are: the north shore, Tower Park, the island, port, old downtown and the corniche itself. Elie Mrad


KANNFINCH group, Sydney.

The project consists of the construction of a new world-class mixed used commercial, retail and hotel development in one of the most historic areas of Cairo, below the famous citadel of Selah Eden and adjacent to Mohamed Ali Mosque.

Area 813,900m2 Value $500M


The Project incorporates a 300 rooms hotel, 150 apartments block, 2000m2 banquet hall, 10 town houses and 20 villas, In addition to entertainment facilities and services.

I was involved to work with the ex-national president of RAIA Bob Nation as one team for the preliminary design concept and design development stage. Area 122,500m2 Value $700M

Major Projects Architectural design

DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY Dubai, UAE 2004 / 2005


A major development for Dubai Festival City, including premium grade office tower of Dubai Festival city, new hotel intercontinental, new Crown Plaza hotel and a 2500 seat convention and exhibition centre. The presentation of the site to the Creek and from the two bridges, with its waterfront cornice is critical in establishing Dubai Festival City as one of the pre-eminent precincts within Dubai, a “city within city” as it referred to. Area 50ha Value $800m.



This office building is designed to provide Grade A office space for approx 660 personnel in an area 3,800m2.


This Residential building located on Mohammad Bin Zayed road, It provide high quality apartments ranging from 1bed room to 3bedrooms apartments in addition to pent house at the top plus service facilities. The design, simple in its form, is engaging in its dynamic juxtaposition of the volumes and expressive dialog with surrounding

Elie Mrad


• Design for bigger scale projects that involve the sense of community and diversity.

• Work successfully in interdisciplinary design team and with private and public organizations and communities.

• Recognize and define urban design problems

• Exploit hybrid computer knowledge, which is essential in a world dominated by rapid changes, to produce 3D computer models to enhance the conceptual design process.

• Appreciate cultural differences and work across national frontiers.

• Present urban design proposals and information in clear, convincing and innovatory ways. Major Academic Projects Urban design / architectural design AUTO ALLEY UPGRADE Paramatta NSW 2005

Master of Urban Design Studio, The University of Sydney Paramatta is Sydney’s “second city”. It is growing and densifying. However, it lacks a clear identity as a large center. Auto alley is a large and regional attractor. The increase in density should stimulate more efficient and clever use of space of the auto sales. Paramatta needs to develop its own identity by means of skyline and landmark locations. a land mark attraction at the interchange and acts as a center which compliments the CBD center. Hence, the city would be extended from the CBD to the new center. QUEENS DOMAIN AND TASMAN HIGHWAY Hobart Tasmania 2006 Master of Urban Design Studio, The University of Sydney (Nominated for UD award). The brief focuses on the arrival and departure experience along the Tasman highway, through the Queen’s Domain and the city’s entry point. In order to understand the area and due to its extensive layering, a graph has been formulated that shows the morphological changes within time. PRECAST REALITY STUDIO Sydney 2004

Master of Architecture Studio, The University of Sydney This is a Masters architectural project exploring the imagination of the future through science fiction movies. The selected movie was 5th Element which describes organizations scheduled around 2030. The project explores architectural future not as a fiction but as a future yet to come. Elie Mrad


AutoCAD (2D, 3D), Sketch up (professional level), Adobe Photoshop-illustrator-InDesign, Revit. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

The Royal Australian Institute of Architecture raia Graduate member # 45074. Registered member at the Lebanese Order of Architects: chapter # 24979 Beirut, Lebanon. PROFESSIONAL / PERSONAL ACHEIVEMENT RECORDS


• Pre-cast Reality Studio – The impact of films in Architecture, The 5th Element Research

• Imagining the Future

• Re-interpreting the vertical city

• Comparative Urban morphology

• The Cornice City (ongoing research investing the city of Abu Dhabi as a Corniche City) REFERENCES

Robert Nation

RAIA President-Elect, NSW Australia

Principal Nation Architects

LinkedIn: Bob Nation

Barry Shelton

Honorary Associate Professor at University of Sydney (Urban Design)

Professor Raymond Apthorpe

Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Professorial Research Associate

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