10 Aug 23

From Sydney to Dubai, Principal Tim Davies brings his design expertise around the world

Woods Bagot Principal Tim Davies has recently relocated from our Sydney studio to our Dubai studio – working closely with the leadership team in the Middle East on further growing our reach in the mixed use, commercial, hospitality and high-end residential sectors.

While this move marks an exciting change for Tim, this isn’t his first time in the region. Tim grew up in the Middle East, leaving at the age of 18 to attend University and work in the UK. In 2016 he moved to Sydney and in 2019 Tim joined the Woods Bagot Sydney Studio.

During his time at the Sydney Studio, Tim worked across a wide range of projects – from mixed use to commercial, retail to hospitality. His latest and most significant project was the award-winning Intercontinental Hotel Sydney – a top-to-bottom redesign of a five-star property, across guest rooms, public areas, a restaurant, and bar venues. Of equal importance was the design approach to the building’s 171-year history, as well as being considerate of its iconic location adjacent to the Royal Botanic Garden, overlooking Sydney Harbour. It’s this understanding of adaptive re-use and heritage sites that will be of key importance while working with our clients in the Middle East.

Additionally, Tim will be able to bring his global understanding of sustainability to the region, assessing how to leave a positive environmental legacy within an area that deals with extreme temperatures – considering the community, end-users, local environment, and material selection.

Having joined the Dubai studio in early July 2023, Tim has already begun work on projects across the region.

Tim comments: “I’m extremely excited to join the team in the Dubai Studio. The opportunity in the Middle East is incredibly significant due to the rate of development and investment on a global level.” 

“I will be working with the team to further enhance our design and delivery services, whilst embedding a strong sustainable narrative to each project, requiring a sensitive design approach – relating to cultural context, the unique climate and social responsibility.”

Richard Fenne, Director, Regional Executive Chair – Middle East, comments: “We’re delighted to have Tim join our Dubai team and believe his passion for sustainability and expertise in adaptive re-use will become hugely beneficial to both our design team and our clients.

“Tim has a great understanding of this region already but will bring with him a global perspective – something that is invaluable in terms of being able to give our clients the latest in design innovation. It’s very exciting to have him here.”

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