Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, has appointed Lee Morris as head of architecture for the Middle East & Africa region. In his new role, Lee will focus on managing a team of architecturally led, multi-disciplinary designers and urbanists to spearhead projects in the region. With the increasing activity in the Saudi Arabia market, the strength and capabilities of the Atkins’ international design and architectural offering is more important than ever.

Atkins has master planned the KAAR (King Abdul Aziz Road) development in KSA over the last eight years and is now designing one of the key gateway buildings and two hotels for the project. Lee is integral to developing Atkins’ portfolio of work in the Kingdom, as well expanding on the strong foundation already established throughout the rest of the Middle East.

Prior to joining Atkins, Lee’s previous roles have included four years respectively as a senior development director at H&H Investment and Development LLC, design director at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company Projects and senior positions at Atkins.

Morris said: “I’m delighted to be back at Atkins, especially at a time where the firm is experiencing a demand for innovation in design across projects. The company has a rich heritage in the region, bringing all its international experience to turn clients’ visions into reality. I’m looking forward to working with clients, colleagues and partners to deliver high-quality architectural design coupled with a high level of technical excellence that our clients expect from Atkins.”