Emaar Hospitality appoints corporate director for design

Morgan Tuckness will be tasked with setting up and maintaining development and design guidelines

Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business arm of Emaar Properties, has announced the appointment of Morgan Tuckness as its corporate director – Design and Technical Services.

In a statement, the group said that Tuckness would be responsible for setting up and maintaining development and design guidelines, as well as the physical criteria for the development of new-build hospitality projects. She will bring with her extensive experience in the field of design, architecture and technical services, it added.

Tuckness will also be mandated with ensuring that all the requisite design and technical service standards are executed in accordance with the guidelines to deliver on-brand projects. She will report to Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group.

“With a fast-growing footprint of hotel projects by Emaar Hospitality Group and three distinctive lifestyle hotel brands, it is important that we focus on our branding philosophy and design standards, which set us apart,” said Harnish.

“Today, we work closely with developers in hotel project development right from design stage to operations, and Morgan Tuckness, who brings extensive expertise in the area, will lead all design and technical services aspects of our projects. She will also focus on introducing sustainable practices that help minimise the carbon footprint of our projects.”

Morgan was previously the Director of Development & Construction for Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Latin America with Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation US & Singapore since 2006, responsible for a wide variety of hotel and resort projects in the US, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and various cities throughout Europe. Prior to this, she worked as an architect with leading architectural firms in the United States.

Morgan holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and is certified from the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional.

“It is my privilege to join Emaar Hospitality Group, one of the fastest-growing and globally recognised hotel operators,” she said. “The operational and upcoming projects of the Group are defined by high standards of design excellence and unique brand differentials. I look forward to being part of the organisation as it further expands its footprint to innovative projects in the UAE and new markets.”

Emaar Hospitality Group owns and manages a portfolio of hospitality assets and brands including Address Hotels + Resorts; Vida Hotels and Resorts and Rove Hotels.

The Group is expanding its portfolio to international markets with projects already announced in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and Turkey. The group plans to introduce its brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations in Europe, Middle East and India.

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