22-23 January 2018
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, UAE

Benjamin Piper

Partner & Design Principal
Killa Design

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

The Middle East holds one of the largest hotel development pipelines in the world with more than 300 hotels in the construction phase. Therefore, competition across the region is extremely high and hotel owners and operators have to continuously upgrade their infrastructure to increase their market share and stay competitive.

In this session, leading hoteliers will discuss what their plans are to ensure the future competitiveness of their hotels.

This session will address:
  • 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

9:00 AM How 3D printing will transform hotel design

While employing 3D printing for the construction industry seems extraordinary, some developers are already experiment with adapting 3D printing technology in constructing everyday  structures, villas, offices and even hotels. This tech talk will express how hotel owners and developers can take advantage of 3D printing to  deliver highly customised spaces for hotel guests, and how this technology will transform the  hospitality industry in the coming years.

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Benjamin.

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