Sam is an experienced and award winning architect and development manager. His projects range from town masterplans and shopping malls to retail and office fit-outs. He specialises in retail, office, leisure and hospitality design with an established portfolio in western, central and eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. His clients are investment funds, developers, blue-chip companies, retail and leisure operators, local authorities and regional development agencies. Sam advises Capital & Counties and Sun Hung Kai Properties on Europe's largest mixed-use residential-led redevelopment project in Earls Court delivering 7,500 new homes, new London villages and a 21st Century high-street for Earls Court. The value of the project is estimated at £8 billion. Sam is launching new schemes in Uganda, Nigeria, Egypt and Zambia. He is a committee member of the International Council of Shopping Centres, frequently speaks at major industry events and is a guest judge at the National Association of Shop Fitters annual awards.
Mara qualified as an architect in 2004. She graduated with Distinction from University
of Westminster, London, UK in 2002 and from the Institute of Architecture 'Ion Mincu',
Romania in 1999. Mara worked in Romania for "4X4"Architecture Bureau on commercial
and residential projects throughout the country. She then worked in USA for New
-York based Freyer Collaborative Architects on American retail, office and residential
projects. Following graduation in 2002, Mara continued her professional experience
in the UK with Bernard Stilwell Architects.
Mara joined BCI design in 2005 bringing international experience in the design process, from feasibility to completion. Through completed projects in UK, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, she extended her professional expertise in mixed-use masterplanning, retail and entertainment projects. Recent projects include: Alea Casino, Leeds, UK; Akademia Shopping Centre, Cluj, Romania (EG Retail Award, Mapic 2007); Shopping Centre Budapest, Hungary, Retail Park Miskolc, Hungary, 120ha Masterplan Tractorul Brasov, Romania; Mixed Use Masterplan Cluj, Romania etc. Mara is responsible for project and design management, client management and marketing of BCIdesign. Mara now concentrates on BCIdesign’s East Europe portfolio.
HAITHAM EL MOHEEN
Haitham qualified as an architect from Cairo University, in the Middle East. He
has more than 10 years of providing design expertise and talent on a wide variety
of projects. Haitham is responsible for developing the firm’s business markets both
domestically and internationally.
At BCIdesign, Haitham focuses on designing vibrant destination retail and urban entertainment centres, resort casinos and resort hotels, mixed-use developments containing commercial, residential and cultural facilities, and regional master planning. Haitham’s client list includes top developers and industry leaders in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. Prior to joining BCIdesign, he worked at CPMG Architects and Franklin Ellis Architects in England and Community Design Collaborative CDC-Abdelhalim in Egypt.. Whilst in the Middle East he worked on major international projects covering institutional, residential, leisure, education, commercial and mixed-use projects. During his time in Cairo he won a national architectural design competition organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. Haitham also has M.Sc. degree in architecture from Nottingham University focusing on sustainability and renewable energy. Haitham looks after BCIdesign’s Middle East and North African portfolio and our sustainability and diversity programme. Haitham speaks English and Arabic.