Benjamin PiperPartner & Design Principal
Benjamin is a Principal and Partner with Killa Design with 20 years of experience in architecture (12 years in the Middle East). He has led lead multidisciplinary teams in the delivery of a wide range of project types specializing is hospitality, residential and mixed-use developments. He has held senior leadership roles in a variety of global practices including Gensler, Halcrow, Atkins, Perkins+Will and Killa Design in the UK, US India, China and the Middle East.
Completed projects include the 56-story VIDA Marina Branded residences and Hotel for Emaar, Dubai; 45-storey BLVD Heights Residential Tower for Emaar, Dubai; 52-story Creekside Residence for Emaar, Dubai; 35-story commercial office building for Barwa Bank, Qatar; 280 Key Diplomatic Quarter Hotel Serviced Residences for Marriot, Riyadh; 300 Key Acacia Residences for Emaar, Dubai; 62-story BLVD Address 5-star hotel and serviced apartment for Emaar, Dubai; 60-story Namaste hotel for Starwood, Mumbai; 10,000 seat occupancy IT Offices for ITC, Bangalore.
Benjamin holds several technology patents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology based on his research into the field of computational design tools. He has an expert understanding of emerging technologies including Virtual Reality BIM and 3d printing in construction. As a LEED Accredited Professional Ben is deeply committed to sustainable design and has number of LEED accredited projects.
11:30 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: Enhancing the competitiveness of hotels and resorts and envisioning the future of the regional economy
- Key driving factors behind the impressive pipeline of hotels coming up in the Middle East
- Life after Expo 2020: Future plans to ensure the continued prominence of the hospitality industry after the expo is over
- Strategies to cope with the supply and demand challenges and maintaining high Average Daily Rates given the rising competitiveness