Thu, 15 Aug 2019

WATG Appoints John Achari as Vice President and Director of Planning and Urban Design

The design firm WATG has appointed John Achari as Vice President and Director of Planning and Urban Design.

Based in Singapore, John will work globally with the firmís Master Planning teams in California, London, Singapore and Shanghai, with a focus on urban design, particularly across Asia Pacific.

John Achari. Click to enlarge.

Most recently, John was Executive Director of Urban Planning and Infrastructure for the Municipality Department of the Government of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE.

Prior to that, John led the Master Planning and Urban Design practice as Vice President for Parsons International Limited in Dubai.

Some of Johnís recent notable projects include The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia; Various Housing Projects for the Ministry of Housing in Saudi Arabia; Dahyat Al Fursan Mixed-Use Development in Northern Riyadh; South Al Batina Logistics Hub and Industrial City in Oman; Al Mouj Community Parks and Streetscape Landscape Project in Oman, Dubai Water Canal Mixed-Use Project; Jumeira Urban Transformation Project in Dubai; Jebel Ali Mixed-Use Project in Dubai; Sharjah Financial District Mixed-Use Project; Al Karaana Economic Zone Mixed-Use Project in Doha and Qetaifan Islands Mixed-Use Development in Lusail, Doha.

With over twenty-eight years of experience, John has delivered urban design, master planning and development projects across Australia, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Pakistan, Germany, Finland, the Pacific Islands and South-East Asia.

David Moore, Regional Director Asia Pacific and China, said, ďJohn brings formidable urban design experience to our team and has the knowledge, expertise and talent for taking master plans from inception and vision through to implementation, which is critical for our clients in Asia Pacific and China. John will play an integral role in our continued growth across the region and working with our expanded design team in Shanghai.Ē

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