Doug loves large-scale, complex mixed use design projects. With more than 30 years of experience, he has delivered building design and construction support services in 14 countries on three continents. This international experience was instrumental in shaping his knowledge in multiple market sectors including Commercial, Hospitality and Retail. Doug has led the majority of NORR’s large iconic projects. To name a few, he was Project Director for Atlantis – The Palm, an iconic resort located on a manmade island in Dubai, UAE; Project Executive for Sahara Star Hotel and Conference Centre in Mumbai India, and Project Executive for Mazagan Resort and Casino, an 820,000 square foot hospitality development featuring 506 guestrooms and North Africa’s largest casino, on a 200 acre site in El Jadida Province, Morocco.
As Vice President, Hospitality & Industrial, Doug has a focus on extracting value from sites that are subject to new development and maximizing the value of existing assets that are candidates for re-development and re-positioning. He employs a methodology of integrating aspects of planning with the local authorities having jurisdiction, stakeholder engagement with the development and local communities, and inspired architectural and engineering design, all of which will contribute to holistic and sustainable solutions.
Doug takes great pride and understands his broader social responsibility in applying his design and construction skills to support small communities on a volunteer basis through Habitat for Humanity. He has participated in several projects, ranging from his first in Nicaragua to construct a two-room masonry bungalow, to the most recent, a 10-house community in Ontario north in the Nayaashiinigmiing Reserve of the Ojibway First Nation. Doug remarked that the volunteer building experience is a humbling activity that is a contrast to his career of practicing commercial architecture in large urban centres.