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Aimee Collins

Principal, Design

For over 15 years, Seattle-based Aimee has practiced as an interior designer and planner for corporate, hospitality, residential and retail spaces. With health and wellness playing an ever-increasingly important role in the workplace, Aimee aspires to create spaces that draw upon nature and feel like a breath of fresh air.

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Alan Thompson

Principal, Delivery

A strong individual who takes ownership in every task, Alan, our Principal, Delivery based in London, brings the best out of people to secure the success of his projects. His career has stretched across 24 years, giving him a wide range of knowledge and experience dealing with complicated design and build projects, both within the M&E sector and construction industry. Alan has always prided himself on his ability to manage people, whilst also overseeing the financial and programming aspects of projects achieving positive results.

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Albert De Plazaola

Global Principal, Strategy

Based in San Francisco, Albert is a strategy consultant with extensive experience in people-centred design and change strategies for private and public institutions. By leveraging design thinking and a user-centric approach, he moves beyond the typical motivations to explore how meaningful change can occur to foster greater organisational responsiveness, adaptability and innovation.

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Amro Salem

Global Director, Delivery

Focused, dedicated and pragmatic, Amro has been spearheading commercial interiors projects for over 15 years. Drawing upon deep industry knowledge, he adds immense commercial value to every aspect of a project, ensuring that strategy seamlessly translates through to design and delivery.

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Andrew Simmons

Director

Results driven and resourceful, Andrew strategically guides our New Zealand presence from his home base of Auckland. He has the ability to develop and strengthen management teams and draws on strong leadership skills and a broad knowledge of the industry to achieve results for Unispace clients. Andrew is passionate about aligning client business objectives with design and technology to achieve successful, project outcomes.

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Andrew Talbot

Principal, Business Development

With 30 years experience in the industry, Andrew is using his role of Principal, Business Development to globally connect our team with clients, as well as providing oversight of projects. As a registered architect, and having 10 years experience specifically in corporate real estate, Andrew is a client advocate with strengths lying in communication, design advocacy and construction.

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Andy De La Torre

Assistant Project Manager

Andy came to our Downtown Los Angeles studio after working in China and Japan. He prizes our team’s diverse professional backgrounds and our commitment to ongoing staff education which offer him a myriad of learning opportunities. As a construction industry professional, Andy thrives on those complex projects only our methodology can effectively deliver.

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Anthony Hazell

Managing Director

Results-driven and personable, Anthony leads Unispace’s Europe region which includes offices across the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland and the Netherlands. As one of our founding Directors, he utilises his 15 years’ design and construction industry experience to motivate Unispace’s project teams and goes above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction.

Our strategists, designers and construction professionals inspire
each other to craft ground breaking solutions to the unique challenges of today’s built environment.

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Antonio Borghi

Associate, Client Relations

With 20 years’ professional experience, Antonio is an Associate at Unispace, based in Milan. Antonio works closely with the Client Partnerships and Design teams in Italy to achieve polished project solutions.

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Ashita Gupta

Corporate Controller

Ashita is the Corporate Controller for the Americas. Based in our Downtown Los Angeles studio, she is responsible for financial activities and reporting across one of our fastest growing regions and is a key contributor to the implementation of our global accounting system.

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Barry Anderson

Regional Principal, Delivery

Barry has worked in the workplace architecture and construction industry for 30 years, and as Regional Principal he is responsible for the delivery of all projects within Europe. Close coordination is required between all parties to ensure successful delivery, and Barry takes an active role in all projects, encouraging open and collaborative communication. He is passionate about delivery, has a keen eye for detail and is insistent that every project is delivered to the highest possible standard.

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Becky Hogan

Regional Director, People & Culture

Becky is our Regional Director for People & Culture in Europe, and is passionate about the value of the people agenda. With a strong commercial and execution focus, Becky has a healthy pursuit of excellence coupled with a creative and pragmatic approach. Throughout her People career, Becky has gained a diverse range of experience, working as a business partner and within recruitment and compensation teams. She has worked with clients regionally and globally, spending time based in Asia and the UK. Her work ethic is in tune with the saying: “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your business.”

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Benji Tiso

Principal, Client Relations

Heading up our studio in Zurich, Benji enthusiastically leads and motivates a highly qualified team and is responsible for generating, developing and supervising projects. With over 15 years of successful experience in project management and client relations, Benji as Principal for Client Relations, has the ability to quickly identify client needs, both in day to day and complex situations, and provide solutions.

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Bill Friel

Senior Associate, Client Relations

A national leader in construction management, Bill’s 30 years’ experience see him guiding projects from initial financing to project closeout, while constantly value engineering along the way. A strong advocate for Unispace Methodology’s since its inception, Bill leverages his vast network of connections to create projects which meet client deadlines and budgets across the Americas.

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Bob Chase

Managing Director

Bob leads the West Region of the Americas which includes studios in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. After 25 years as an accomplished consultant services vice-president and eBay General Manager, Bob brings a fresh perspective to our industry and operations to help Unispace continue on its fast-paced growth trajectory.

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Charles Hales

Managing Director

A strong, dynamic leader and one of Unispace’s founding Directors, Charles leads the Australia region presence as well as our global operations. Over the years he has gathered wide-ranging knowledge of design and construction, allowing him to skilfully guide our project teams, clients and collaborators.

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Dale Woodcock

Regional Principal, Business Development

Backed by 12 years of industry experience, Dale’s focus is on supporting our client relationships across Europe. He has been the lead client sponsor on prestigious Unispace projects including Arab Banking Corporation, Trend Micro, IMS Health, Deloitte and BNP Paribas. In previous roles he generated new business in London’s square mile and delivered flagship, projects for leading corporates throughout Europe.

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Daniel Grinter

Principal, Design

Christchurch-based Daniel has over 10 years’ international experience from commercial, residential and tertiary projects, through to workplace design. He believes great architecture is the result of a collaborative design process that considers what has gone before and imagines what the future may bring.

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David Richards

Associate, Design – Visualisation Specialist

David is an Associate, Design – Visualisation Specialist and is currently based in our London studio. With a background as a multidisciplinary 3D artist and photographer, he has gained essential experience and work flows from different design sectors. As well as producing high quality photo real 3D stills for document, digital submission and large scale print, he also manages the delivery of animation, infographics, virtual tours, and interactive techniques that assist in design development, presentations and submissions.

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Dean Rikanovic

Principal, Design

With highly developed conceptual design skills and 15 years’ professional experience, Dean is an innovative designer with a passion for high-end design. He has practiced across Australia and internationally, working on a number of award-winning projects. Currently based in Perth, Dean has also worked on some of Australia’s largest workplaces, including ANZ Centre Docklands.

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Douglas Taylor-Saunders

Principal, Design

Douglas is Principal, Design based in our London studio, with a focus is on management of the design team. A level headed, motivational leader, he is skilled in understanding and communicating the needs of each project he works on. Douglas is committed and able to provide superior design solutions, supporting and getting the very best from his team. His aptitude for identifying and resolving problems and for balancing cost and programme pressures ensures successful and timely delivery.

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Enza Parrella

Principal, Design

With over two decades of experience designing workplaces, Enza leads Unispace’s design team across the Midwest. Her award-winning work for national and global clients in finance, professional services, legal and lifestyle bring together strategic planning and a collaborative approach to ensure successful outcomes. Enza believes that today’s offices should be about the people in them, and that their talent dictates the environment.

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Gareth Hales

Chief Executive Officer

Taking the global helm of Unispace since our inception, Gareth leads through strength of character and a visionary plan for growth, culture, client service and the community. His 20 plus years in the design and construction industry have imparted a knowledge base empowering him to advise regional leadership and the global board.

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Glenn Chellberg

Principal, Client Relations

Glenn is a talented facilitator, working with a range of clients in the market to bring definition and clarity to projects. As a leader of our Minneapolis office, he has an excellent grasp of client requirements and aims to meet or exceed all budgetary and schedule expectations. Glenn is passionate about creating transformational environments that align to human needs, as well as business objectives.

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Graeme Scannell

Principal, Design

Graeme has had a dynamic career spanning more than 20 years where he has continually delivered bespoke, forward thinking design solutions. Currently based in Perth, he has worked in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, gaining extensive experience in forward-thinking solutions for clients while ensuring an efficient collaboration between people, technology and space.

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Hannah Hackathorn

Principal, Design

Hannah lends 15 years of large-scale corporate workplace expertise to the design of progressive environments for a myriad of client types. Human-centered in her approach, Hannah believes that workplaces should function for the people who inhabit them. She encourages her team to challenge the industry’s pre-conceived notions, leading to greater learning opportunities for our people, clients and collaborators.

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Harry Rowntree

Regional Principal, Design

Harry’s early design experience was shaped by a number of residential projects across New Zealand, followed by several years working in Japan on a range of exciting projects including headquarters for Microsoft and Accenture. Currently based in our Auckland studio, Harry has worked alongside renowned Japanese designers such as Masaki Kasuya and Taiji Yamamoto.

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Jack Simmons

Project Director

Based in our Auckland studio, Jack’s strengths include programming, reviewing quality standards and deftly supervising contractors and consultants. With nearly 20 years’ property industry experience, Jack has led the project delivery of both residential and commercial projects, including site and construction management.

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Janina Mantl

Associate, Design – FF&E

Janina is Associate, Design – FF&E in our London studio. Her role involves consulting with designers and clients regarding furniture specification, managing development of high-end office furniture including procurement, delivery and installation. Janina manages existing clients day to day, gaining detailed knowledge of the industry and various manufacturers, and how their product offering is applicable to our projects.

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Jeff Southard

Managing Director

As Managing Director of Unispace US Midwest, which includes Chicago, Minneapolis and Columbus, Jeff continuously strives to deliver cutting edge workplace solutions. His hands on approach, decades of industry experience and focus on client satisfaction translate to long term relationships built on transparency and accountability. Jeff is one of Unispace’s founding Directors.

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John Bechara

Principal, Client Relations

Based in Sydney, John brings over 15 years of experience to our team. He has a strong sense of our global reach, having worked with clients across each of our regions. With a background in accounting and project management, John combines his analytical thinking and attention to detail to his role as Client Executive, sourcing creative solutions that achieve measurable results for our clients.

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Jon Blackburn

Global Chief Financial Officer

Jon’s 30 plus years of global experience stand him in excellent stead to lead Unispace’s finance and advise on our future strategic direction. With a talent for dealing with ambiguity and complex change, he marries broad and specialist knowledge from his career within financial and professional services to add value to our leadership team.

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Jonathan Green

Principal: Strategic Accounts & Global Partnerships

Based in our Melbourne studio, Jonathan leads our Global Client Services team. With a decade of experience supporting clients throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and The Americas, he understands the unique challenges involved with managing and delivering successful projects internationally. He works closely with the teams across our 35 studios to strategically support how we can share learnings and innovation with our global clients.

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Justin Conceicao

Senior Associate, Strategy

Justin has 10 years’ client-side workplace strategy and space planning experience in the telecommunication and education sectors within Australia and Singapore. Based in our Sydney studio, he uses his client-centric perspective to deliver customised workplace solutions that are closely aligned with business needs.

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Karen Morris

Senior Associate, Design

A creative designer, Karen - a Senior Associate for Design based in our London studio - has ten years experience in all aspects of the design process from conception through to delivery of projects. Karen is inspired by thoughtful design, travel and discovering new and unusual things. She has worked across a range of project typologies in addition to corporate fit-outs, including hotels, restaurants, small and large scale residential projects around the world. Karen has dynamic experience which she brings to the Unispace team, contributing rich project knowledge and design leadership.

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Kate Putaski

Senior Associate, Design

Kate is a Chicago-based designer whose curiosity about the future of the workplace drives her to question convention and push boundaries. Her designs fuse hospitality and corporate interiors to achieve function and enhance productivity while her knowledge of 3D modeling software enables her to anticipate constructability issues. Kate is an active member of her local design community.

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Keith Heywood

Principal, Client Relations

Keith has 15 years of experience in the commercial fit-out sector including 10 years in Paris, and is the leader of our Paris studio. He has been involved in projects across Europe at the design and construction stages, specialising in technical delivery. His responsibilities are to ensure that communication is maintained at a local and board level, to build and lead the project team in view of delivering a functional working environment, ensuring that our Think Create Make methodology is followed.

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Kevin Mc Cabe

Principal, Delivery

Kevin has over 15 years’ experience within the construction industry. After graduating in Ireland and gaining invaluable experience, he relocated to Australia where he has delivered projects for a wide range of clients including commercial, landlord, financial and government projects. Currently based in our Sydney studio, Kevin is a project delivery leader across Unispace’s Asia Pacific region.

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Luke Rogers

Principal, Delivery

Luke is a client-focused construction professional with a strong commercial and financial awareness. Based in our Auckland studio, his experience in construction management, site management and project management, ensures a thorough approach when guiding the project team through the design and delivery process.

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Madalena De Barros

Principal, Design

For over 17 years Madalena has worked across commercial, residential and retail, playing a key role in the design and delivery of milestone projects for Australian and international clients. Currently leading design for our Sydney studio, her expertise includes client management and briefing, right through to concept design and project delivery.

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Mark Woodcock

Principal, Client Relations

Mark has been working in the workplace design market for over 20 years. As Principal for Client Relations, Mark is successful at overseeing all operational matters to do with the project lifecycle. Mark develops new business and framework agreements in the UK and Europe, with a strong focus on mission critical projects. He has a passion for providing solutions for clients that sees him work closely with the design team to facilitate logistics such as the coordination of services, programming, cost and quality control. Mark also leads our Scottish teams based in Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

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Matt Lock

Managing Director

Matt leads the North America East region, including New York, Boston and Washington DC. A founding Director, he sits on the Global Board where he’s viewed as a key contributor to our success. Matt’s extensive experience and passion for design and construction is making Unispace one of the fastest growing practices in the US.

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Melati de Haas

Business Development Manager

Melati has accrued over 10 years of invaluable marketing and sales strategy experience, working alongside clients ranging from small start-ups to multinational corporations. With the ability to confidently build key relationships, she has worked with and grown clientele across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India and the USA.

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Micael Debard

Principal, Business Development

Micael is our Principal for Business Development, based in our Milan studio. Micael supports our clients throughout Italy and wider Europe, and has gained over 10 years of experience in the workplace design and delivery market. Micael is passionate about finding solutions for projects and works alongside our strategy, design and delivery teams with the objective of creating lasting relationships and the highest quality project outcomes.

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Mirelle Walker

Global Principal, Communications

Leading communications for Unispace globally, Mirelle creates and facilitates opportunities for connections and conversations. She’s passionate about organisational culture and using technologies to enable collaboration and knowledge sharing. As a Prosci Change Management Practitioner, Mirelle also works with Unispace clients to support workplace change projects.

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Natasha Bonugli

Regional Principal, Design

An architect by training, Natasha has focused her career on an interior projects of all scales. She has spent time practicing in New York and Boston and for the past 12 years has worked in the UK interiors market. She has acted as both Project and Design Director for schemes in the USA, Europe and Middle East, including several award-winning office fit-out projects.

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Nectarios Lazaris

Global Chief Information Officer

Backed by over 10 years’ strategic IT and design technology experience within the AEC industry, our Global CIO Nectarios is passionate about using technology beyond efficiency increases. Based in Sydney, Nectarios works with our Board to redefine how technology supports business strategy and operations. He encourages innovation and business performance improvements to support our people and clients to succeed globally.

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Neville Simmons

Managing Director

A knowledgeable industry leader and founding Director, Neville’s career began in the engineering sector, later encompassing all aspects of design and construction. His insights and commitment to establishing client relationships for life inform Unispace’s future direction and ongoing recruitment strategies.

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Olivia McDonald

Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications

Olivia is the Regional Principal, Marketing & Communications for Unispace’s Europe region. Based in London, and leveraging her global experience within Australia, the UAE and now UK, Olivia works closely with Strategy, Design and Client Partnerships teams, the wider European studios and the global Marketing & Communications team to convey the stories of Unispace, internally and externally.

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Purvi Parikh

Senior Designer

A highly driven and passionate Senior Designer, Purvi joined our London team with over five years of experience in the commercial design industry. Having delivered a number of successful projects in London and the United Kingdom, Purvi is currently working on projects across Europe.

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Ron Markham

Co-Founder – Business Development

Los Angeles-based Ron Markham has played a vital part in the development of the Americas Region since our founding. Ron serves on the Global Executive Team and Board of Directors where he focuses his talent and passion for our methodology on global business development.

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Ross Markham

Principal, Client Relations

Orchestrating complex teams with a focus on client satisfaction, Ross believes in the power of creating repeat clients through excellent service. Using this goal, he has brought our unique design capabilities and methodology to bear on a wide variety of project types across the Americas. Based in New York, Ross focuses on delivering projects with unparalleled speed, quality and efficiency.

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Roz Allen

Senior Associate, Client Relations

As Senior Associate, Client Relations based in London, Roz is responsible for the client facing coordination of our strategy, design and delivery teams and acts as sole point of contact for clients during projects. Roz’s ‘can do’ attitude and applied problem solving skills, she can work on multiple projects and at any one time throughout all stages of the feasibility, design and delivery phases. Roz leads by example with an honest open approach to business.

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Russell Devenish

Regional Principal, Technical Delivery

Russell has over 10 years experience in the design, construction and interior fit-out industry. Russell has a background of engineering which gives him an extensive and comprehensive technical foundation. Russell has a true passion for the more technical aspects of design and project delivery, providing a valuable resource regarding all mechanical and electrical services. As Regional Principal, Technical Delivery he leads a senior team of technical experts including M&E Consultants and Quantity Surveyors, developing project budgets etc.

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Ryan Caffyn-Parsons

Global Director, Delivery

Ryan leads our design, technical and project management capabilities of Unispace’s North American business.  With more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of complex, fast paced, construction projects, Ryan orchestrates national and local teams to guide a collaborative process that translates to a seamless client experience.

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Sam Hendry

Senior Designer

Sam is a Senior Designer with over 14 years of experience gained across the finance, legal and leisure sectors. Based in our Aberdeen studio, Sam works closely with our clients, takes robust briefs and comes up with new design ideas to make sure delivered opportunities are cutting edge.

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Sandy Franco

Senior Designer

With a thorough understanding of the design process, Sandy is an innovative designer who ensures her creative output is a direct reflection of clients aspirations and requirements. Based in Perth, Sandy has over 10 years’ experience working in the legal, education and retail sectors throughout Australia.

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Sarah Langford

Principal, Design

Based in our Auckland studio, Sarah has over 18 years’ workplace industry experience. Her design work is both transformative and challenging, bringing a voice of innovation to the table. Sarah is skillful in both the creative and technical aspects of design, as well as client and consultant liaison.

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Sarah McDonnell

Principal, Client Relations

As our Principal, Client Relations, and studio leader in Dublin, Sarah brings her extensive industry experience of 22 years to the bear for Unispace, and is highly experienced overseeing all project management processes from purchase, through to design development and construction contract completion. Sarah is a confident individual with strong leadership capabilities, working effectively within the team to provide creative and innovative solutions for projects and clients alike.

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Seb Parsons

Principal, Client Relations

Seb is Principal, Client Relations and has 10 years of experience in the workplace design and construction market. He is a results driven individual with strong team building attributes making him a highly valued member of any project team, coordinating and liaising between the design, technical and client personnel to ensure key deliverables are met and exceeded. A high level of client engagement and deep understanding of how projects are physically managed has made Seb successful in delivering results on mission critical and complex projects.

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Shauna Fitzpatrick

Associate, Design

Shauna has extensive experience in the commercial, education and residential sectors, ranging from large-scale office developments to smaller high specification residential refurbishments. After gaining valuable experience in major design practices in both Ireland and Australia, Shauna joined the Unispace team and is currently based in Dublin.

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Simon Pole

Global Director, Design

With 20 years’ experience leading exceptional and complex projects throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia, Simon’s ideas enhance workplace performance and change the way businesses do business. He is a global leader in agile workstyles across multiple industry sectors, delivering ground-breaking concepts and award winning environments for his clients.

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Susan Ehrlich

Regional Director, People & Culture

Susan leads the People & Culture function for the Americas Region to enable human-centric growth. Susan is committed to the development of a comprehensive, best-in-class benefits package, a broad-ranging corporate social responsibility program, as well as a myriad of employee wellness initiatives that will continue to position Unispace as the A/E/C industry’s employer of choice.

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Vincent Poon

Global Principal, Design – Digital Integration

With more than 15 years’ experience in architectural design – 10 of which have focused on building information modelling (BIM) – Vincent heads up Unispace’s Design Technology. He provides direction and strategic leadership to BIM across the firm and is skilled in developing execution plans as well as establishing methodologies and best practices for design-technology integration.

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