David Lessard has worked in the region for a decade, working across the hospitality and lifestyle sectors. As former director of hospitality for Perkins+Will Dubai, Lessard was responsible for growing the hotel and lifestyle residential portfolio across the region. Among his most successful projects is the popular Yas Hotel project in Abu Dhabi. Earlier this year, Lessard and business partner, Stas Louca, came together to launch a specialist hospitality and healthcare practice, H+A. The firm has quickly established itself in the region and overseas with large scale projects such as the Anantara Seychelles. Other territories for the new firm include Saudi Arabia and the Seychelles.
Lessard says that the practice’s strategy the year ahead will be to embrace empathy and deliver exceptional work that works the best for its clients and not just for the design team. In addition to being a recognised name for his work, Lessard has a big presence in the regional industry by way of his participation in various industry events as a sought after thought leader and speaker of various important topics. Previously, he has held a seat on the AIA Middle East Chapter’s board of directors.