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BSBG names Michael Lewis as group design director in Dubai

New group design director Lewis has previously worked on projects such as La Mer and Nikki Beach

Michael Lewis has joined BSBG.
Michael Lewis has joined BSBG.

Architecture firm Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG) has named Michael Lewis as its new group design director, who joins the company from real estate developer Meraas, where he worked as senior design director on projects such as La Mer, Nikki Beach, and City Walk. 

Lewis has also previously worked with architecture firm Benoy, where he was design director, and had collaborated with BSBG to deliver The Beach at JBR. 

In a statement, BSBG said Lewis was "a highly regarded leader of design, and an inspirational mentor for young architects" in the Middle East.

Commenting on the appointment, BSBG's group managing partner, Alistair McMillan, said: “Michael brings with him a reputation and enthusiasm for architectural design and creativity, which is very well aligned with the vision we have for the BSBG design studio.

“We first worked together when Michael was leading the design team on The Beach. In our role as executive architect we were particularly impressed with his understanding of the need to adopt a holistic approach to design, which effectively means as well as the undoubted aesthetic quality to the work he produces, there is more depth, which comes from an understanding of what it takes to get that design built with efficiency, speed and accuracy.

"He is an excellent addition to our senior management team here at BSBG.”

Lewis said the opportunity to work with McMillan and the BSBG team was "a very attractive proposition" for him. 

He added: “Our design studio will be complementary to BSBG’s unparalleled reputation as the best in class for lead consultancy and executive architecture. We’re adding a layer to that, and that’s a very attractive proposition for clients when you’re able to bring emotive design and technical design together to create one solution.”

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