Aurecon, Job appointments, Aviation, Tall buildings

Aurecon makes new appointments to address growth in aviation and tall buildings in the Middle East

Aurecon has appointed Rui Baptista as aviation director - Terminals, and Paul Drayton as Tall Buildings leader in the Middle East, as a response to the rapid growth of the aviation sector in the region, as well the Middle East's - particularly the Gulf's - commitment to constucting some of the tallest buildings in the world.

According to a release by Aurecon, Dubai has welcomed 88.2 million passengets through its airport in 2017, and is expected to serve over 103 million annually by 2020. The city is also home to the world's tallest tower as well as an array of other skyscrapers - including the anticipation of Dubai Creek Tower, designed by Santiago Calatrava, with support from Aurecon.

“The Middle East’s construction sector continues to lead the world in terms of design, scale, and pace of development,” said Ermis Marques, regional director for Aurecon in the Middle East. “With Rui and Paul on our team, Aurecon can better help clients bring their bold dreams to life.”

Baptista has worked on airports in Cyprus, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the UK, Africa and Bahrain, in addition to leading the site team for delivering the world’s largest airport terminal building in Istanbul.

According to Aurecon, in his role as Aviation Director – Terminals, he will help clients develop simple and efficient designs; improve key processes; apply digital solutions to minimise delays; and help clients maximise non-aviation revenue, while respecting the local environment.

With 20 years of architecture experience, including 12 years, with a special focus on aviation architecture, Baptista specialises in planning, concept, coordination and overall delivery of terminal buildings. 

“What is happening in the Middle East is very exciting — the significant growth in passenger volume provides us with opportunities to explore future-ready options in terminal design,” Baptista said.

“From ‘flying fields’ to 21st century aero-cities, the aim of providing infrastructure for modern airport terminals is to bring ‘sense of place’ to the terminal, providing passengers with a unique experience.”

Drayton, on the other hand, has three decades of experience, designing and constructing projects of all sizes and complexity, both internationally and in the Middle East. His project experience ranges from tall towers to residential, commercial, mixed-use, and hotels.

As the Tall Buildings leader, he will work closely with clients to create holistic design and engineering that incorporates new developments in material sciences and construction methods to produce optimal tall building solutions.

“There is growing appetite for super-tall structures in the Middle East and these developments are becoming synonymous with the new regional identity that is forming here,” Drayton said.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues at Aurecon and our clients to develop and design world-leading legacy structures in this region.”