amad kafarani, PhD, AIA, APA

Unique planning, design and managerial expertise with advanced skills in master planning, urban design, urban implementation, contract negotiations, bid strategies and construction leadership.

Innovative inspirational leader in planning operations and design with proven ability to drive business and resources growth through aggressive design initiatives, market trend, analysis with sensetive design solutions focusing on urban design and urban infill balancing the new developments with its architecture heritage.

Architect with more than 20 years consistent documented experience record of managing and designing a wide range of designs, master plans, starategic plans, urban design guidelines, development regulations and construction operations in the USA, Europe, and the Middle East.

As a Prrincipal, Ahmad leads multi-discipline teams to achieve their program, budget and creating world-class designs. He manages, directs and motivates his design teams during workshops and competitions achieving triumphs and awards.

Management Achievements: Strengthen the firm's credibility as a high profile player in the Middle East market through expertise in business development augmented by a strong technical background. Tremendously improved profits by spearheading a process restructuring engineered to yield the highest value design with an optimized profit on professional compensation. Established a strong management team of professionals to run the projects according to strictly prescribed project design and financial objectives. Provided the management control tools and maintained constant monitoring of performance.


Business Development & Marketing: More than $10 million per year in net new commissions by targeting, winning, negotiating and securing agreements within the private and public sectors for high profile projects. Created a large network of associated design firms to extend the reach into markets of different typologies. This partnership also increased the size of client base and facilitated the design process to ensure a smooth transition from project inception to project execution. Streamlined the marketing process to cut costs through standardization and process re-engineering.

Selected Experience

AECOM - Abu Dhabi Design Studio

  • Dubai Wholesale City​
  • Ras Al Hamra Master Plan - Oman
  • Saadiyat Island - NYU Precinct - Abu Dhabi
  • Kifaf Mixed Use Development - Dubai
  • Ahlia University - Bahrain
  • West Qurna Master Plan - Iraq

Atkins & Partners Overseas - Dubai / Bahrain

  • Bahrain National Plan 2030
  • UAE Holistic Plan
  • Al Uqair Tourism Masterplan, KSA
  • Al Hasa Adventure Park, KSA
  • Al Sawah Island, UAE
  • Palm Jabel Ali - Crescent E, UAE
  • Al Hilio Masterplan, UAE
  • Thuwaal Urban Structure Plan, KSA
  • Riyadh Satellite City, KSA
  • Prince Sultan Cultural City, KSA
  • Saudia City Masterplan, KSA
  • Emirates Golf Course & Creek Golf Course, UAE

Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum (HOK) - Houston

  • King Abdullah Univirsity of Science & Technology, KSA
  • KAUST Grand Mosque Design Consultant, KSA
  • Kirby Drive Streetscape, USA
  • Trammel Crow Business Park, USA
  • Houston Main Street Economic Corridor, USA
  • Houston Museum District Masterplan, USA

amad kafarani


  • architecture design
  • real Estate development and advisory
  • urban design, masterplanning, regional planning and management for upscale urban developments
  • project management and leadership for wide range of project types


  • PhD. Strategic Planning in Real Estate Development (Canterbury)
  • MA. Strategic Planning in Real Estate Development (Canterbury)
  • MC. Executive Leadership (Cornell University)
  • BA. Architecture            (University of Houston)
  • BS. Environmental Design (University of Houston)
  • Architecture (Lebanese American University)


  •  APA 165349
  • AIA 30448003
  • ASLA 1150963
  • CNU
  • UH Alumni Scolarship 2000
  • Various Publications
  • Beachtown new urbanism award 2003
  • FBISD 2005
  • CNU charter award 2007