Charles CollettDirector, Dubai
Charles graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in 1990. He has 24 years post-qualification experience with over 7 years of experience working in the Middle East. He joined Hopkins Architects in August 2012, bringing a particular focus on architectural and interior design in the hospitality sector.
Charles forms an essential part of the management team in Dubai. His first work with the practice involved the design of a multipurpose entertainment venue in Dubai's Downtown area. This was followed by a large residential masterplan in Istanbul which is now under construction. In 2014 he completed the concept design for a five-star hotel resort on a naturally-formed desert island off the Emirates coast as well as for a large hotel complex in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He has also been involved with the redesign of a major masterplan for Dubai World Trade Centre.
Prior to joining Hopkins, he served as Client Representative for a major international practice on supertall and sustainable projects in Dubai's Jumierah Garden City. Following this he worked at another major practice on several projects at Masdar City near Abu Dhabi before being appointed Director & Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, where his focus was on business development.
Charles ran his own practice in London for eight years which focussed on rebranding and refurbishing high-spec offices in the City of London and M4 corridor for blue chip clients and leading developers. Prior this, Charles worked closely with the late Sir Richard MacCormac for five years on prestigious projects including the Wellcome Wing at the London Science Museum, where he was the designer of the 'Blue Wall'. Other notable projects included competition-winning designs for the BBC's new Portland Place headquarters and Coventry's 'Pheonix Initiative', an urban masterplan which is now built.
Charles also spent three years working for Norman Foster in London & Germany, where he was involved with the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt and was responsible for the basement design and coordination. He lived close to the project in Frankfurt for 12 months.