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

Mr Kevin McLachlan

Partner - Head of Interiors
Godwin Austen Johnson

Kevin McLachlan has more than 25 years’ experience in designing destinations from the UK to North Africa and the Middle East developing successful concepts for the hospitality industry, residential and corporate sectors. He has been involved in numerous projects in the hospitality and leisure industry from small scale food and drink outlets to large master-planned mixed-use developments, from Glasgow’s Groucho Club Hotel to Ibiza’s Café Mambo and Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah.

Scottish born Kevin joined GAJ in 2012 as Head of Interior Design and currently leads a 45-strong team. Under his leadership the team have delivered many exciting projects from the Fairmont in Ajman, the Sheraton Hotel Mall of the Emirates and the Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Mall of the Emirates with a number of ground breaking projects across the region still under construction.

Kevin has designed more than 180 restaurant, hotel and leisure interiors during his career including some of the region’s most recognised landmarks. His design ability, vision and conceptual work transcend all areas of design but it is his passion and creativity that he brings to each project that makes him a highly respected industry leader.



1:30 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Designing the hotel of the future

  • How to optimise hotel design and keep the renovation costs at an acceptable level
  • Hotel rooms and lobbies: Creating spaces that achieve the greatest ROI
  • Restaurant design: How it can positively affect the bottom-line
  • Spa and fitness center design for both luxury and bottom-line efficiency
  • Interior designers and hoteliers: Making sure that we work toward the same goal

9:00 AM Value engineering: Improving function and cost on your hotel project

The layout of design components is critical to the way the room works for both the hotel guest and the hotel staff. This workshop will discuss a design approach that provides higher value to hotels in the form of improved function and reduced construction costs ensuring that brand quality standards are not compromised.


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

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