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Director May Chan

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Ms May Chan is a Director at DP Architects. She has been spearheading DP Architects’ growth in the Middle East since 2003, starting with her key involvement on The Dubai Mall Project in Dubai, U.A.E., a benchmark Mall Project in the Middle East and beyond. The scale, complexity, challenging programs and financial value of projects such as The Dubai Mall require, above all else, dedication and an ability to work in a demanding, international environment.

Her more than a decade of experience and tenure in Dubai also saw her largely responsible for running the Dubai and Middle East operations for DPA, working on many Retail, Residential, Hospitality, Office and Master Planning projects within Dubai and the wider Middle East region.

A major part of her work is to interface with the client to understand their requirements, coordinate the design, all the internal and external consultants, authorities and site-related consultants to ensure that the various design elements, project brief requirements, program and budget all come together well to form a successful project.

While working on The Dubai Mall which is part of the Burj Dubai Development in Dubai, U.A.E., her work scope spanned the Concept Design stage, Schematic Design stage to design development, tender documentation and project coordination through the Construction Stage up to the Mall completion and opening in 2008.

Concurrently in Dubai, she was instrumental in ensuring the smooth progress of the following Projects under the same Client, i.e. The Address – Dubai Mall Hotel, Dubai Marina Mall and Hotel/Apartments and the Dubai Marina Office Tower. This ensured that the other projects benefitted from her experience gained from The Dubai Mall project and that the same level of service was provided by DPA across all levels on the design and site implementation works for these projects.

Similarly, she worked on the Doha Festival City project in Qatar, a mixed-use development with a mall, hotel and entertainment component from inception to the Construction Stage. She also worked on the various Mall expansion projects for the hugely successful Dubai Mall.

May’s current projects include overseeing the Lusail Commercial Business District Development in Doha with the full scope, multiple sub-consultancies across various disciplines and she is also the key contact with the client and PMCM team for design and project management aspect of this large-scale project.

May’s current portfolio in the Middle East encompasses managing and representing DPA in the Middle East and overseeing the Dubai Branch Office which she played a key role in setting up in 2005.

In her previous firm in Singapore, she worked closely with the clients of the IMM shopping Mall for the work to be carried under a tight phasing plan with a break included for the festive period. She also developed a good working relationship with Ngee Ann Polytechnic over a period of 2 years on various works in the campus. The works required strict overlapping phases of work due to the academic curriculum of the school, requiring close coordination with the client.

May’s overall work experience includes commercial, institutional and residential and the current focus sees her ensuring DPA’s continued success and growth in the Middle East. She has proved herself to be a valuable member of DP.