SSH appoints new architecture directors focused on design and delivery

Shane Lahiff has been with the firm since 2016 while Sami Abou Merhi is a new hire

SSH has announced Shane Lahiff and Sami Abou Merhi as architecture director for design and architecture director for delivery respectively. Working with their teams, Lahiff and Merhi will focus on design quality, design management, as well as improved efficiency, resulting in greater client satisfaction and business growth, SSH said.

According to a statement, Lahiff has 15 years of diverse project experience and has led design projects across the GCC, the United Kingdom and Ireland. He joined SSH in 2016 and has had a key role in expanding the company’s design portfolio across the region, specialising in large-scale, mixed-use, master planning and hospitality projects.

He is said to have collaborated with leading international brands, delivering hospitality projects in Oman, KSA and Bahrain. He is a graduate of Dublin School of Architecture and holds a professional diploma in architecture from University College Dublin.

New to SSH, Merhi is said to have led the design on many competitions and projects over 20+ years. Having worked on every aspect of projects design, from concept to implementation, his experience, passion and creativity have ensured the success of many prominent projects across different countries, the firm noted.

His portfolio spans several sectors including hospitality and resorts, mixed-use, high-rise, healthcare, cultural and residential. Having worked with international firms at managerial positions, he brings a deep knowledge of the GCC and European markets, coupled with a wealth of experience in the architecture field with a hands-on approach, the statement concluded.


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