Vice President Architecture + Design, Europe, Middle East, Africa | Hilton
Chris leads Hilton’s Architecture and Design team across multiple offices, overseeing and guiding design projects across Hilton’s Europe, Middle East & Africa region. He has been designing and shaping international luxury, lifestyle, and full service hotels for a wide range of owners, developers, hospitality companies, celebrities and brands for over 20 years. Directing the design of all Hilton branded hotels in the region, he lead the design of the first Waldorf Astoria, as well as most recently the category “defining” Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, Hilton’s first lifestyle hotel and is now defining the design for the landmark Waldorf Astoria at Admiralty Arch in London..
Prior to joining Hilton, Chris was the Director of Design at the internationally renowned practice, United Designers, based in London where he was also appointed Managing Director. In this role, he focused on both the design and commercial aspects of every project, expanding the firm’s reach into the US and growing the business from 15 to 50 staff. During this time, Chris developed award-winning projects including London Park Lane’s Hilton Windows at Galvin and Roberto’s at Hilton Amsterdam, as well as Mandarin Oriental hotels in Dubai and Moscow, W Hotels in the Bahamas and Athens and The Cosmopolitan Spa in Las Vegas.
Chris has travelled extensively and worked to understand the needs of clients across Central, North America, Europe and the Middle East. He has undertaken a number of luxury residential and hotel projects for A-List celebrities, including The Clarence in Dublin, Maze Grill in Mayfair, and on developments in the Caribbean, Turks and Caicos Islands and Qatar. He has worked with Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Bruce Willis, U2, Jason Atherton and Gordon Ramsay on a number of high profile hotels, restaurant and residential projects. He also has past experience working with other major hospitality operators including Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, Starwood, and Ritz Carlton.
Following his return to the company In 2018 from Four Seasons, Chris was appointed VP of Architecture + Design at Hilton Worldwide, EMEA.