Rowan D’Arcy

Rowan D’Arcy
Studio Director
MENA
Distinction Post Graduate Dip, Landscape Architecture, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
BA (HONS) Degree in Landscape Architecture, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK
CMLI – Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute, UK

Rowan is ASPECT’s Studio Director for the MENA-region since Feb. 2020. He has over twelve years’ experience, collaborating with design teams that have put enhancement of human well-being and ecological diversity at their core.

Endeavouring to improve people’s day-to-day lives with sensitively crafted schemes where user’s needs, environmental suitability, cultural context, sustainable design and client requirements are carefully interwoven.

Determined to continuously learn, Rowan has travelled widely forging a varied portfolio of landscape architectural and environmental improvement projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

These include public realm designs for world renowned projects such as the Norman Foster master planned Masdar City and most notably leading the landscape architectural design for the avenue to the celebrated Jean Nouvel designed, Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi.

A seller/doer, Rowan’s in-depth knowledge of the planning and landscape industry underpins his strategic approach to developing the business, enabling him to understand the poetic potential of a projects, anticipating client’s needs whilst managing and cultivating new client relationships.

FIELDS OF EXPERTISE

Public Realm/Streetscapes

  • Louvre Museum Avenue, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Downtown Abu Dhabi Pedestrianization, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Al Merief Public Realm, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Masdar Phase 2 Public Realm, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Vision for City Gateways Competition, Abu Dhabi UAE

Master Planning and Urban Design

  • Saadiyat Cultural District Public Realm, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dongshan Tourist Island Island Master Plan Competition, China
  • Cork Docklands Public Realm, Ireland

Transport/Infrastructure

  • Green RiyadhG20 Highways, Concept, Riyadh, KSA for RCRC
  • Hangzhou Train Station Plaza International Design Competition, China

Urban Parks

  • Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar
  • Juman Gardens & Bay La Sun Promenade, KAEC, KSA

Educational

  • Doon and Doughiska Schools Competition, Ireland

Institutions

  • Tipperary Town Council and the Department of Justice and Law Reform, Ireland
  • Department of Land Registry, Ireland
  • Bayan Palace Botanical Gardens, Kuwait

Hotels Resorts

  • Dubai Creek Harbour Address 5 Star Hotel, Dubai, UAE for Emaar
  • Deira 5 Star Hotel, Dubai, UAE for MAF

NOTE – all projects undertaken prior to joining ASPECT Studios

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