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“Hospitality design is beyond lifestyle … it’s all about creating memories.”
Philosophy: My approach to every project is to create an extraordinary place that offers a fresh interpretation of the client’s program and the unique character of the site. Such a place should be original, inspiring, and engaging to the mind and senses. The primary source of inspiration and innovation is the site and its particular environmental, cultural and historical context. The design of the resort must be about the people and the environment and not simply an intellectual exercise in design and aesthetics.
Kevin has over 30 years of experience in planning, designing and managing a wide-ranging portfolio globally but specialising in hotel/resorts, urban regeneration, golf and leisure, commercial, and retail.
Kevin drives HKS’ dynamic and creative approach, and his past project experience includes the seminal Heart of Doha/Msheireb project, Saadiyat Island; the Four Seasons Hotel in Istanbul, Goa and Montenegro; Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi; Ritz Carlton Dubai; Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel, Amalfi, Italy; Hyatt Mallorca, Thessaloniki; and Disneyland Paris.
Landscape Institute, Chartered Member
Master Landscape Design, Manchester University
Bachelor of Arts in Geography (Honors), Reading University
Did You Know?
Kevin Underwood is also an accomplished sculptor and artist working in pencil, watercolours and collages and often sketches live in front of clients on the restaurant tablecloth.