Christopher Fannin - Senior Principal / Managing Director
Chris is an accomplished urban designer, master planner and landscape architect with a career that spans over 25 years, on projects throughout the globe as well as teaching at leading U.S. and U.K universities. Chris drives the creative vision of InSite, leveraging both the talent within his team as well as the KEO family of disciplines. Chris has a passion for investigating environments from multiple viewpoints and working collaboratively with design teams to bring these places alive for future generations. From large scale land use and master planning developments to intimate detail landscape designs, Chris and his team focus on bringing legible form to complex ecological, social and programmatic processes through elegant and sustainable designs. Before joining KEO, Chris worked for HOK in a series of senior positions globally, most recently as Senior Vice President and Global Director of Planning, as a member of the HOK’s Board of Directors as well as the Management Board.
John Rice - Principal / Operations Director
John leads the InSite practice in Qatar and Kuwait and looks after the operations for the entire group. An experienced Landscape Architect with a proven track record in the successful delivery of large scale projects in Europe and the middle east, John has over 16 years' experience in design, project management and contract administration. He has handled design projects at all stages of work stages on a wide variety of project types including large and small scale developments residential, commercial, retail, mixed use, healthcare, streetscape, urban design, public realm, and landscape strategies for both horticulture and university schemes. John's design ethos is grounded in the development design solutions driven by the consideration of the genius loci, social, physical and historical context of a site rendered through the application of well-considered, tested and clever design solutions.
Salam Alkhori - Associate Principal / Master Planning Leader
Salam leads master planning for InSite. A professional Urban Planner with over 17 years of experience of the Middle East and Gulf regions. She has worked on an extensive range of planning projects from master plans in Libya, Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Alkhobar, Jeddah and the West Bank. A large part of her expertise is to move projects through the planning and approval process with clients and relevant authorities. In order to accomplish this, Salam guides the urban planning and design of the master plan process in the studio with a particular focus on the design of land use development concepts, development statistics, community facilities, public realm, safety and security and development delivery.
Richard Simpson-Pudney - Associate Principal / Landscape
Richard leads the Dubai studio for InSite. A Chartered Landscape Architect with more than seventeen years of experience, Richard has worked on key projects in a range of countries including the UK, Spain, New Zealand, India, UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Albania and Syria. The projects which he has been involved in encompass residential, commercial, educational, mixed use, retail, aviation, hospitality and leisure developments. Within the Dubai design studio, Richard is the team leader as key designer and project manager, driving the creation of multiple landscapes at every scale. Richard is in charge of the design and delivery of all work for Emaar, with whom Insite are heavily engaged for the Dubai Hills Estate project.
Alistair Russell - Senior Associate/Senior Project Lead
Alistair is a member of the Chartered Institute for Horticulture and has over 28 years of experience working on projects in UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Iraq. This experience has taken him through a diverse range of projects from mixed use, residential, zoo and parks, educational, golf courses and hotels as well as numerous leisure focused projects. He is involved as the senior project manager and design coordinator on our most complex projects responsible for interdisciplinary coordination as well as being client facing. Alistair’s extensive knowledge of construction and construction supervision ensures that our projects are implemented properly through the construction phase, achieving the original design intent and the project’s vision as developed in conjunction with the client. At present, he is predominantly involved in KSA with new exciting giga projects for hospitality and public realm.
Rowena West - Senior Consultant
With over 20 years’ experience in the industry Rowena is a Landscape Architect and Project Manager who combines her technical knowledge and organizational skills alongside her creativity and design ability. Rowena is a highly motivated, dedicated and organised individual with a breadth of cultural and international experience having worked in the UK, USA, India, Malta and the Middle East. Always up for a challenge, Rowena thrives in creating efficiencies in team working and project delivery to achieve successful end results, be that a built project, a strategy document or concept design. Her key roles and responsibilities have included managing large design teams, client and multi-disciplinary consultant liaison, report writing and creation, managing project budgets and programmes, as well as designing a wide range of project types, from resorts to residential developments to equestrian facilities. Her passion is people and team work; a strong advocate of mentoring and developing skills of individuals to become strong team players.
Shawn Meyer - Deputy Design Studio Lead
Shawn is an Urban Designer with a global perspective and a 14 year career spanning New York City, London and Dubai. Through the projects in our studio, his focus is on urban residential projects and urban intensification strategies investigating the evolution of living and working patterns across the next generation of cities. At InSite his architectural training provides him with additional tools to explore innovative ways to bring together the built form and the landscape it interacts with. Shawn is responsible for ensuring the design quality of the masterplanning team in order to exceed our client expectations. He has spoken at several conferences in the MENA region on Innovative Landscapes, Cultural Placemaking, and Smart Cities, and firmly believes a 21st century urban environment owes us more than the current model provides and he is passionate about discovering ways to evolve it.
Christopher Neiner - Signage, Wayfinding and Graphics Lead
In his 14 year career he has focused on Environment/Experience graphic design in the form of wayfinding for systems on ranging from high-rise office towers, city parks, and universities to mega-project master plans and development guidelines. In addition to wayfinding programming, Chris has worked in User Experience and design research with regard to graphic interfaces. He began his career at in the US at EDSA where it was instilled the power of bespoke site-tailored design. Later, moving on to the design research company UserInsight, he learned to break down user’s functional needs within systems and how to address them through graphic design and interaction guidance. Chris came to the Middle East 7 years ago to start InSite’s Wayfinding Studio. In that time he has brought countless wayfinding projects of all sizes from concept to realization as well as overseeing the advancement of InSite’s graphic capabilities of its products.
Remi Bint - Associate
Remi leads the Dubai studio and is an AILA Registered Landscape Architect with over 12 years’ experience in large variety of projects from urban and civic, health and education, sports and leisure, residential and master planning projects from concept through to construction. Among the several landmark projects he has worked upon are: The New Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, AAMI Park, the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment Precinct as well as regionally, the Jeddah Public Transport Project, Dubai South Residential District, Dubai Hills Estate and Masdar City. With a strong flair for design, Remi has the ability to visually and orally convey inspired design solutions that adapt to project requirements and adjust to client needs. He is a keen leader/mentor and brings focus to the benefits of team collaboration for better outcomes for InSite, our consultants and our clients.
Noor Khalek - Associate / Landscape
Noor is a chartered Landscape Architect and leads the Abu Dhabi landscape studio for Insite . Noor has over 14 years of international experience with 12 years working in the Middle East region. Noor has extensive experience in large mixed- use master planning, urban design, landscape architecture, landscape construction, environmental design as well as specialized sustainable public realm development. Noor is responsible for preparing creative design solutions and developing projects with both private and government clients in order to successfully deliver projects from conceptual design, schematic design, detail design, tender documentation through to construction stage. Noor has an exquisite attention to detail, sensitivity to scale in addition to strong capabilities to evaluate and develop sustainable and practical design solutions.
Haya Osmani - Senior Urban Planner
Haya leads InSite's secondment team at the Department of Municipalities and Transport. A senior Urban Planner with over 10 years of experience in the UAE. Her direct exposure to many growing urban environments has fostered her desire to study the connections between people and places, movement and urban form. Her focus is on the shaping and planning of livable, enduring spaces to achieve place-based developments. Through the projects she has worked on and her master’s thesis, Haya has developed a deep understanding of the Emirati sensitive culture and has designed and planned communities that are true to the local identity. Her role involves visioning, developing Strategic Framework Plans, conceptualizing Master plan projects and leading the design team to ensure the highest quality output is met.
Shipra Narang - Senior Project Designer/Planning
As a Project designer at InSite, Shipra Narang brings to the fore her prolific experience of a decade and a half, working on an array of futuristic and modish projects that recast the design mindscape of the region. Her belief is that we must blend the milieu and ethos of the Middle East with contemporary spatiality to create designs that are Global yet Local. She thrives in new design challenges and her passion for the profession comes from a consciousness of shaping an environment that is future-ready for her clients.
Milica Blazincic - Senior Landscape Architect
Milica is a qualified landscape architect with over nine years’ experience gained in Gulf. During that period, she has worked primarily on large scale projects, focusing on urbanism and landscape design. She is a very dedicated and team oriented professional with tremendous drive and work ethic. Her role involves leading projects in the Doha studio of InSite and collaborating on a wide spectrum of projects across our practice including public parks, commercial, mixed use, residential and leisure. Milica is curious about nature as well as a gifted puzzle solver with an innate ability to classify challenges as they arise and develop quick solutions to solve them as a team.
Christopher ‘Mark’ Ferrer - Senior Landscape Architect
Mark is a talented designer with over 14 years across South East Asia and the Middle East. He is involved in a wide range of projects including: The Dubai Hills Estate, several residential and hospitality projects for EMAAR in Dubai, the sprawling Al Bidda Park in Doha, a number of public parks in Abu Dhabi and a luxury residential neighborhood project in Oman. Located in our Abu Dhabi studio Mark works on projects across our entire practice. His illustrative design and technical skills enable him to communicate ideas to both our peers and our clients effectively and efficiently. Mark serves as a role model and key mentor for many of our junior staff in his understanding of the optimal way to design, represent and construct landscapes.
Tina Heers - Landscape Architect
Tina is based in the Dubai studio for InSite while working closely with the Abu Dhabi studio. Tina is a Landscape Architect who has worked on multiple projects in both Australia and the Gulf Region such as the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, KSA and Kuwait. The projects which she has been involved in include master planning, residential, commercial, educational, mixed use, retail, and hospitality developments. Tina thrives in a team environment where talented people from all parts of the world come together, bringing diverse ideas to the team to achieve a common goal. She is also passionate about the important contributions women make to design, and acts as a role model to the next generation of landscape architects in our practice and beyond through her monthly published articles in Landscape Middle East magazine.
Tarek Al Sheeti - Irrigation Design Manager
There is no one more passionate about irrigation than Tarek. He leads InSite’s irrigation team and is considered one of the finest irrigation designers in the region and has been involved with the development of industry standard software for irrigation. With over 15 years of experience since starting his career as a trainee for a landscape contractor during his university study, he designs systems from his understanding of the project brief as well as his comprehensive experience. Tarek works with landscape contractors, irrigation equipment suppliers, internationally recognized consultancies and publishes articles regularly.
Shaajir Odantavida - Senior BIM Coordinator
Shaajir is an experienced Landscape Designer with 17 years’ experience working in Middle East and India on major public realm developments, public/private parks, beaches, education schemes, hotels, resorts and marinas. He has a keen eye for detail, with an active role in our projects throughout all the stages of design process from Concept to Construction and has a proven track record of site supervision and contract administration successfully delivering projects on the ground from realisation of the original concept. Shaajir is enthusiastic about technological advances in our industry including BIM, modern construction methods and materials which are environmentally sound while offering best value for the project and society. He is highly proficient in time management, ability to work within the team, mentoring and always has an excellent understating of client our clients’ requirements.