Principal and Senior Design Director of JADE&QA , UK
Design Director with over 25 years of experience in design and construction of many major buildings and developments in the UK and internationally in Europe, Middle East and the Far East with multidisciplinary design company ATKINS. Currently based in Shanghai as a Founding Principal and Senior Design Director of Architectural, Interior design and Urban Masterplanning Design Studio JADE +QA
His varied experience as a Design director included master planning, architectural concept, schematic and detailed design including construction supervision of number of large national and international projects including several prestigious international competition wins.
Martin's experience over the years has covered many different building types ranging from Residential, Office, Hospitality, Retail, Industrial and Mixed developments to Healthcare and Educational buildings. Martin has lectured and presented his projects at International Construction Conferences in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and at forums and Conferences in Beijing, Chonqing, Wuhan, Guangzhou and Shanghai.
During his long career Martin has been a concept designer and design team leader for several landmark developments such as the Jumeira Beach resort in Dubai where Martin was the team leader responsible for the scheme design of the on shore tourist hotel and concept design and master planning of the award winning innovative Wild Wadi water park, concepts and detailed schemes for the massing and exhibits and interiors of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth UK, masterplan and architectural design of Student Residential Development in Komotini, Greece, design offices for the Airbus 380, the Headquarter office of Atkins and award winning offices – The Glass Wharf in Bristol UK .
Since 2002, in addition to his projects in UK, Martin has been involved in design and master planning of projects in China where his involvement as concept designer and design team leader on the Jinji Lake Hotel in Suzho, Thames Town Development near Shanghai, Tianjin TEDA towers (A competition winning landmark), the innovative Songjiang Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental Quarry hotel and the Jiayu Wuhan Pebble towers have enabled him to gain valuable experience of working with Chinese clients and teams. From January 2010 until March 2012 Martin was heading Studio 1 of the Shanghai office of Atkins as a Design Director for number of hotel, residential and mixed commercial projects, such as the Dongguan Hotel near Shenzhen, Nansha Marina development in Guangzhou, Chengdu Commercial Development, Guangzhou ‘Twin Towers’ offices and retail and the regeneration masterplanning and architectural design of large district in Wende Road, Guangzhou.
In November 2011 Martin was awarded a Gold prize for the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental hotel at the prestigious MIPIM Asia awards in Hong Kong. This project was also nominated for a prize at 2008 World architectural Festival and has received prizes for ‘Best designed International Hotel project at London and Shanghai conferences.
In 2013 Martin set up a design studio JADE+QA in Shanghai followed by establishment of office JADE(UK) in Bristol, United Kingdom to complete the design of the Shimao Intercontinental Hotel in Shanghai and other Architectural and master planning projects. Since then Martin’s studio has completed number of Master planning assignments together with design construction of 4 major Architectural projects – Nansha Mixed Residential in Guangzhou, Qingpu Information Data Centre mixed development near Shanghai, Changsha Residential Showroom, F2 Mixed development tower in Guangzhou, Ningbo Jiayu Hotel. Current on going projects include the detailed façade design and construction overview of the Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental in the Quarry and a resort hotel in Moganshan near Hangzhou for Joe Lalli Narada resort Hotels. Hotel and masterplanning projects in Wutaishan, Beijing, Shanghai and Shanwei in Guandung province are about to commence. Martin’s studio has also undertaken number of interior designs for retail and restaurants in Shanghai and Suzhou.
Martin considers the sustainability aspect of all his projects of major importance and promotes introduction of passive ‘green’ energy saving concepts into the design process as early as possible.