Speaker Profile

Kevin Underwood

Principal, Masterplanning & Design
HKS Architects


Kevin is Principal and Head of Masterplanning & Design in the Hospitality sector for HKS, one of the world’s eminent hospitality design firms. A masterplanner and designer, Kevin has over 30 years of experience in planning, design and management of projects from a wide ranging portfolio globally but specialising in hotel/resorts, urban regeneration, golf and leisure, commercial and retail.
Formerly Global Leader of Leisure and Culture at Aecom and a Partner at Derek Lovejoy Partnership in London, Kevin was responsible for some of the practice’s most notable designs including 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, Hotel Monasterie Santa Rosa Amalfi Italy Hyatt Mallorca and Thessaloniki and Disneyland Paris.
He drives HKS’s dynamic and creative approach, championing innovations and cutting-edge solutions to create enduring designs that offer measurable real estate returns.
Kevin Underwood is also an accomplished sculptor and artist working in pencil, watercolours and collage.

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