KEO appoints new head for urban planning operation InSite

Chris Fannin reinforces strategy to achieve goal of placing InSite as major player in urban planning and design.

KEO International Consultants has appointed Chris Fannin as managing director of InSite, its allied practice for master planning, urban design and landscape architecture. Chris is an urban designer, master planning and landscape architecture veteran and an acclaimed practitioner with a career that spans over 25 years.

Fannin will also take on a “key influential role” by also joining KEO’s Executive Leadership Board, “actively participating in setting direction and developing strategic plans” for the business. He was previously global director of Planning at HOK, and a member of HOK’s Board of Directors and the Management Board. Throughout his career, he has led a wide-ranging number of urban design, master planning and landscape architecture projects across the globe, said KEO.

Fannin has previously been a practicing professional and an educator with teaching positions at leading universities in the field of planning and  landscape architecture as well as being an active contributor to worldwide industry events.  In his role as MD of InSite, he will be responsible for running the entire practice and looking at the business strategy for InSite to ensure both business growth and excellence in planning and design of sustainable environments.  He will be implementing international best practice and applying his “client-centric” approach, while overseeing project delivery to the highest standards.

“Our exceptional InSite practice has been diligently providing specialized services in urban design, planning and landscape architecture for Clients across all of our markets.  Since its launch, it has been committed to plan and create distinguished, sustainable, high-functioning and deeply desirable built and natural environments. We welcome Chris to InSite’s international team of experts,” said Donna Sultan, president and CEO of KEO International Consultants. “I am confident that through his leadership and his reputation for design excellence, Chris will strengthen our position in the market and provide opportunities to enrich InSite’s portfolio of projects.  This step aligns with our ambitious vision of growth and represents an integral part of our forward-looking strategy to be responsive to our Clients’ needs and provide excellent multi-disciplinary services.”

Fannin added that hew was pleased to have the opportunity to join, “a firm that I have admired and have had the professional opportunity to collaborate with on a number of important projects throughout the Middle East.  The firm’s commitment to its markets, being over 50 years in operation, has deeply informed its development into a recognized practice of depth, knowledge and interdisciplinary skill. From this legacy has emerged InSite, which has already achieved success in the region. I look forward to leveraging the talent within InSite and the KEO family of disciplines to moulding an even more successful, grounded and dynamic design practice that brings the optimal sustainable solutions to our clients, communities and the environment.”

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