Isabel Pintado, Managing Director of Wilson Associates Dubai, and her team will share their approach to processes and best practices when designing for hotel operators, developers, private clients and government institutions.

Participants will spend a day at Wilson Associates’ open-plan office in d3 learning how the creative team behind some of the world’s best designed experiences come up with something unique for their clients every single time via a Design Tattoo. They will be taught about a Design Charette - how the team listens to clients, distils the design brief and gets inside the client’s mind. They will then see how a designer brainstorm transforms initial ideas into a physical design which incorporates the initial concept.

Attendees will also get an insight into how Wilson Associates documents and structures its drawing/tender packages, and how it supervises and hands over projects. They will have the opportunity to listen, learn, share and soak up some trade secrets, and finish up with a Q&A at the end of the session.

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About Wilson Associates
For nearly fifty years, Wilson Associates’ dynamic talent and collaborative spirit has inspired and created some of the world’s most iconic, avant-garde spaces, among them the Conrad Koh Samui; The Venetian Las Vegas; Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve; and the Armani Hotel Dubai. Wilson Associates has more than 300 team members and design hubs in 10 cities: Bangkok, Dallas, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, and Tokyo.

Wilson Associates established an office in Dubai in 2014, and Isabel Pintado joined the firm in 2016 as Senior Vice President, Middle East & Africa, and Managing Director of the Dubai studio. She was named Design Leader of the Year at the INDEX Design Awards in 2017, and has spearheaded the studio’s trajectory of explosive growth, more than doubling the number of designers.

The studio’s portfolio of upcoming and current work includes a number of projects in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, as well as a variety of projects for Emaar including an exclusive Golf Clubhouse and Villas at Dubai Hills Estate. The team will be working on the refurbishment of the Palace Hotel Downtown and is also currently in design phase for the new 986-key MGM as part of the new development known as The Island just north of the Burj Al Arab on the Arabian Gulf.

About Isabel Pintado
As Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Isabel Pintado leads the Dubai design studio, oversees the design direction for each project, and generates opportunities for Wilson’s global design studios. As Director of Operations – Global, she is streamlining global business operations and helping all 7 Wilson offices to be successful. For as long as she can remember, her passion has been for design. Isabel kindles her creativity by trekking in the mountains, camping in the desert, and hosting dinner parties for friends. Much of her inspiration is found through her love for travelling, watching people on the street, and visiting exhibitions by an eclectic roster of artists and designers.