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Steven Miller, FAIA

Managing Director,
Planning and Design Consultants, Ltd

Contact Details

Planning and Design Consultants, Ltd
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bio

Steven W. Miller, FAIA, RIBA
USA, +1 516 398 2955
smiller@plandesignconsult.com / sm@gulfdevintl.com/swm0116@aol.com

Having worked with some of the world’s most esteemed architectural firms such as Kohn Pedersen Fox, Perkins Eastman, and FX Fowle, as well as multi-billion dollar construction companies such as Shapoorji Pallonji International, Miller’s extensive experience enabled him to identify the key areas of growth across the design and construction market as well as receiving the esteemed accolade of Fellow in the AIA.

ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING: programming, project administration, conceptual design, design review, consultant coordinating and administration, construction administration for every form of residential projects from single family to high rise, mixed use, affordable to luxury, hotels and resorts, and urban design.

MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST: planner, designer, and implementor of steel modular volumentric systems and other unique polystyrene forming systems for most building uses. Specializing in hotel, student accommodations, assisted living, and most forms of multilevel housing.

HOTEL PLANNER AND DESIGNER: Recognized by Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, and other hotel management companies as a planning specialist for 3-4-5 star hotels worldwide. Completed hotels for these brands as well as RF hotels, Kempinski, Ritz Carlton, and Mandarin Oriental.

REAL ESTATE: Administrator, business development and marketing, design management, project management, sales and leasing. SWM has a deep understanding of the elements that make a successful projects.

AIA: 2016-2018 Strategic Council member, Chairman and member of the Honorary Fellows jury for two years, past International Fellows representative to the College of Fellows, past President of the European Chapter of the AIA, Founder of the Middle East Chapter of the AIA, Past President of the International Advisory Committee to the AIA, and a Founder of the International Regional organization of the AIA.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami Graduate School of Architecture, lecturer and architectural critic at University of Rome (historical and sustainable adaptive re-use of structures), Charles University, Prague (contemporary design in a historical context), Cornell University (hotel and resort development, planning and design), Colorado University (leisure design using existing unique land opportunities), and Wisconsin University (design/development relationships).

SPEAKER and PUBLISHED ARTICLES: Contributor to the MEED organization based in Dubai and London. 7+ years guest speaker across the Middle East and North Africa on subjects related to real estate development, planning and architecture, urban planning, hotel design, contracting concerns, systems design and build, sustainability, and social issues related to affordable housing. Published multiple times in all of the Middle East development, design and construction magazines on similar subjects and issues. Other international publications on hotel architecture and design for new and sustainable regeneration of buildings.



Experience:

Planning And Design Consultants, Ltd. (PDC)
January 1994 – Present (21 years 6 months) Prague, C.Z. and Dubai, U.A.E.
+Planning and Design Consultants is a global real estate development and architectural firm. This consultancy has been in both the background and forefront of Steven Miller's career for the last 21 years. Its contributions and accolades include:
Prague Investments providing all development activities management for rehabilitation and new structures in CZ, Italy, London, Ukraine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria.
+Architectural and planning activities in USA, CZ, Italy, Hungary, UK, Russia, Ukraine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Nigeria, Libya, India, Morocco, Tanzania, and other counties.
+Provided hotel planning and architecture for most of the world wide brands such as Hyatt, Hilton, Kempinski, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood and Marriott multiple brands, all through Europe, Middle East and Africa. Completed hotels for these brands as well as RF hotels, Kempinski, Ritz Carlton, and Mandarin Oriental
+As acting MD for this newco, brought the SIMEM NEXTWALL polystyrene concrete forming system to the Middle East, Egypt, and Nigeria.
+Award winner: (1) development and design, Best International Project by Urban Land Institute; (2) 2 design awards at MIPIM in Cannes, France, AIA European Awards, for restoration and sustainability of historically listed building to contemporary shopping center, apartment buildings, and hotels; (3) Middle East CITYSCAPE design awards for master planning and Commercial projects; (4) multiple Jean-Louis Solai awards for real estate marketing in Europe.
+Sited as one of the 100 most important real estate and design and construction individuals in the Middle East and specifically Qatar for the last three years. Published multiple times in regional and European magazines on real estate development, design, hotel planning, social issues, modular systems, and construction.
+MEMBERSHIPS and LICENSES: AIA, Middle East Chapter, Royal Institute of British Architects, New York State License, retired NCARB certificate, and retired licenses in California, Alaska, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.


Senior Vice President of Global Business Development
Shapoorji Pallonji International
November 2012 – December 2014 (2 years 2 months) Dubai, U.A.E.
+A multi billion dollar International Contractor based in Mumbai and Dubai. Owned by one of the most important families in India who are represented by the CEO of TATA Industries. SWM the MD of PDC was Sr, VP of Business Development. November 2012-December 2014
+Supported the creation of the Design Built group in Dubai.
+Supported the increased revenue from $400M-$5,000B. Projects in U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and other African countries.
+Created the modular systems design build approach to construction. This included Steel container, flat pack, light weight steel frames, pods, SIMEM NEXTWALL polystyrene concrete forms, and other unique systems.


Regional Manager
PerkinsEastman Architects
October 2011 – September 2012 (1 year) Dubai, U.A.E
+As MD of PDC , Steven (SWM) was the Regional Director of this international design firm based in Dubai.
+Supported their expansion in U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and Egypt.
+Completed a 20,000 seat football stadium in Doha, 375 bed hospital in U.A.E., developed healthcare projects in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and completed a Park Hyatt hotel in Abu Dhabi


Regional Director
Kohn Pedersen Fox
October 2010 – August 2011 (11 months) Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha, Qatar
+As MD of PDC, SWM was the Regional Director and supported activities in their London, UK office during the world wide down turn in real estate development.
+Contributed in the redefinition of the business for the Middle East and India
+Contributed in the new business plan for the London office as it related to worker in Europe, Middle East and South Asia
+Participated in teams to win numerous projects in Qatar and UAE


Managing Director
FXFOWLE
October 2005 – September 2010 (5 years) Dubai and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
+As MD of PDC, Miller established and was the Managing Director for this firm for five years based in Dubai.
+Created a design and project management office with 20 professionals and supported by up to 75 professionals in New York. Helped the firm manage through the financial crisis of 2008-2010.
+Completed urban planning schemes, commercial, residential, hotel, and mixed use buildings in India, UAE, and Saudi Arabia. In Riyadh at King Abdulla Financial District we designed over 13 buildings including mixed use towers, mosque, and a museum and selected with the client and his contractor 11 other international architects to complete the master plan.
+We won three major bridge competitions for design projects in Doha and Dubai.


Managing Director,
Planning And Design Consultants, Ltd. (PDC)
October 1992 – December 2005 (13 years 3 months) Prague
+Architecture and Real Estate Development in Prague, Czech Republic, Italy, and UK.
+Remained the MD of the company as a consultant in Dubai, U.A.E.
+Created first boutique shopping center in Central Europe, multiple adaptive reuse of historical buildings for residences, hotels, and mixed-uses, created the first business park.
+Developed and designed hotels in Rome, Florence, Milan, Prague, and London.


Architectural and Business Development
June 1966-September 1992 (26+ years)
+New York, Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Dallas, Virginia, Arizona, Alaska, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Vegas, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Egypt, and the U.A.E.
+Worked with Marcel Breuer, Edward D. Stone, Max Urban, and Raymond Lowie/ William Snaith.
+Design partner in New York with two partners in our own firm.
+Developed expertise in planning and design for hotels, luxury residential high rise, retail centers, high schools, adaptive re-use, and Architectural Business Development.


EDUCTION:
Bach. of Architecture, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Masters of Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA

Married to Pamela McMahon-Miller an author with residences in New York and Dubai and multiple entry visas through out the Middle East and many African Countries.

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Education

Columbia University
New York City, New York
Master of Urban Planning in Architecture, 1966
1965 To 1966
Dissertation: 30 years development of Washington heights in New York City
Advisor: Persival Goodman

University of Colorado
BoulderUn, Colorado
Bof Arch, 1964
Architecture
1958 To 1964
Dissertation: New York City, Theatres

Job History

Gulf Development International, Ltd.
MD Hotel Development and Modular Construction
Miami, USA and London, UK
September 2017 - present

See CV above

Specialties

  • Analysis of Alternates / Substitutions
  • Architectural Design
  • Construction Management
  • Contract Administration
  • Coordination of Designated Services
  • Design-Build
  • Economic Feasibility Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • Leasing Brochures
  • Marketing Studies
  • Observation Services
  • Program Management
  • Programming
  • Project Administration
  • Project Financing
  • Project Promotion / Public Relations
  • Project Representation
  • Schedule Development / Monitoring
  • Site Analysis and Selection
  • Site Development Planning
  • Space Planning
  • Space Schematics / Flow Diagrams
  • Special Building Type Consultation
  • Special Disciplines Consultation
  • Start-Up Assistance
  • Urban Design Services

Affiliations

  • Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • RIBA

Interests

  • Modular Steel Construction specialist for the design and construction of hotels, student accommodations, assisted living facilities, hosptial rooms, affordable, worker and market rate housing. Business Development for Architectural and Project Managment firms.