Emaar Hospitality Group has appointed Morgan Tuckness as its corporate director of design & technical services.
Tuckness will be responsible for setting up and maintaining development and design guidelines, and the physical criteria for the development of new-build hospitality projects. She will also be mandated with ensuring that all requisite design and technical service standards are executed in accordance with the guidelines to deliver on-brand projects. She will report to Olivier Harnisch, chief executive officer of Emaar Hospitality Group.
She joins Emaar from Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation US & Singapore where she was previously the director of development & construction for Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East & Latin America since 2006. In her previous role she was responsible for a wide variety of hotel and resort projects in the US, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and various cities throughout Europe. Prior to this, she worked as an architect with leading architectural firms in the United States.
On the appointment, Olivier Harnisch said: “With a fast-growing footprint of hotel projects by Emaar Hospitality Group and three distinctive lifestyle hotel brands, it is important that we focus on our branding philosophy and design standards, which set us apart. Today, we work closely with developers in hotel project development right from design stage to operations, and Morgan Tuckness, who brings extensive expertise in the area, will lead all design and technical services aspects of our projects. She will also focus on introducing sustainable practices that help minimise the carbon footprint of our projects.”
Tuckness holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and is certified from the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Accredited Professional.
Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure subsidiary of Emaar Properties, recently announced a new hotel project in the United Arab Emirates. Vida Dubai Mall will link directly to The Dubai Mall and will have direct views of the Burj Khalifa. The group plans to introduce its brands in key gateway cities and tourist destinations in Europe, Middle East and India.