Kevin Underwood

Principal | Head of Master Planning & Design EMEA

A dynamic, creative leader with global sensibilities and works with eminent clients including His Highness The Emir of Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, Qatar Foundation, The Aga Khan, Sheik Sultan, Emaar, Meraas, Eagle Hills, Four Seasons, Auberge, Corinthia, Hyatt International, Fairmont Raffles, Accor and David and Victoria Beckham.

Kevin is Planning and Design Leader for the hospitality and leisure market sectors of HKS, one of the world’s eminent hotel design firms.  A master planner and designer, Kevin has over 30 years of experience in planning, design and management of projects from a wide ranging portfolio globally but specialising in hotel/resorts, urban regeneration, golf and leisure, commercial and retail. He is responsible for the seminal Heart of Doha project (which has won several design awards), which includes four Five Star hotels, masterplans in Maldives and Mauritius and the Park Hyatt Mallorca, Spain.

Formerly a partner at Derek Lovejoy Partnership in London, Kevin was responsible for some of the practice’s most notable designs including the Four Seasons Hotel on the Bosphoros in Istanbul, Monasterie Santa Rosa in Amalfi Italy and Disneyland Paris.
He drives HKS’s dynamic and creative approach, championing innovations and cutting-edge solutions to create enduring designs that offer measurable real estate returns. Kevin Underwood is also an accomplished artist working in pencil, watercolours and collage.