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Director of Architecture and Engineering

Director of Architecture and Engineering

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UAE-Abu Dhabi
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KEO is a creative enterprise, where innovation is a way of life. We are uniquely resourced with end-to-end services to take clients from inspiration, through conceptualization, to realization of design or project delivery in the built and natural environments. 

For over 50 years we’ve led with vision, contributing to many of the world’s most ambitious projects, iconic places, remarkable experiences and prosperous communities. As a highly integrated and agile AEP/PMCM firm, KEO is ranked by ENR in the Top 200 International Design Firms; a Top 20 International PM firm; and 44th largest global architecture firm. 

We draw from the expertise from over 60 nations, bringing experience from every major market of the globe. With over 2,500 multidisciplinary professionals and staff, we are an international professional consulting services firm. 

We are now seeking an exceptional Director of Architecture and Engineering to join our award winning team based within our Abu Dhabi Office.


Reporting to the Vice President – Design, this position is responsible for overseeing the Architecture and Engineering group for Abu Dhabi including the fiscal responsibility for the business unit, the management of design processes from concept through to construction drawings and ensuring all projects are complete, accurate and delivered on or before all scheduled milestones.


Paramount to success within this varied role will include: 


  • Leading, managing and coordinating the work of a large group of highly-skilled professionals across architecture and engineering that includes setting goals, objectives, establishing policies and procedures.
  • Delegating project and management responsibilities and monitoring every aspect of the production to ensure outstanding quality for clients.
  • Providing senior level planning and design advice to clients of an exceptional standard and is involvement in winning work and developing the architectural business.
  • Responsibility for managing departmental budgets for the effective operation of the department.
  • Leading by example to create a mentoring environment to develop the careers of departmental staff.


To be successful in this dynamic opportunity, we envision that you will bring a minimum of 15 years' career experience with a Bachelor and / or Masters level qualification in Architecture. Licenced professional architectural status is essential as is Gulf Region project experience. 


This role would ideally suit a decisive leader with strong interpersonal skills that can lead, coordinate, and mange a collaborative team of professionals. Additionally, leaders whom are results-driven in terms of budget, schedule and quality and possess strong personal and professional character, ethics and integrity would thrive in this opportunity. 


KEO’s performance is founded upon integrity, results, innovation, safety and our people. We embrace diversity and recognise its’ contribution to client success wherever we work.

Our generous remuneration packages are bespoke and provide a wide range of additional benefits to support both national and expatriate employees and their families. We take pride in offering long term and dynamic career opportunities and invest in our people through our global learning, development and leadership programs.

We are excited to hear how you can partner with our award winning team and treat all expressions of interest confidentially.