Atkins has appointed Lee Morris as head of architecture in Middle East and Africa region.

Morris will focus on managing a team of architecturally led, multi-disciplinary designers and urbanists to spearhead projects in the region.

He will also develop Atkins’ portfolio of work in the growing Saudi market, as well as expanding on the strong foundation already established throughout the rest of the Middle East. 

Prior to joining Atkins, Morris’ previous roles have included four years as a senior development director at H&H Investment and Development LLC, design director at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company Projects, and senior positions at Atkins.

Simon Moon, Atkins’ CEO for the Middle East and Africa, commenting on Lee’s appointment, said: “During this time of change in the region, fresh and innovative approaches to design are essential. I’m very happy to welcome Lee back to Atkins where I believe he will bring great vision and leadership to our architecture team in the region.”

Morris first joined Atkins in the UK and Europe region in June 2002, as head of design to oversee all aspects of design output, leading the multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers on a broad range of projects from concept designs through to onsite construction.

He then transferred to Atkins in the Middle East and Africa in 2004 as a senior design architect where he was one of the key contributors to the company’s growth, while also accelerating his career and becoming a design director in December 2007.

Morris has more than 23 years of extensive experience as an architect, with accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB).