KEO International Consultants has announced the appointment of Chris Fannin as managing director (MD) of InSite, its allied practice for master planning, urban design and landscape architecture.

In his role as MD, Fannin will be responsible for running the entire practice and looking at the business strategy for InSite to ensure both business growth and excellence in planning and design of sustainable environments.

He will be implementing international best practice and applying his client-centric approach, while overseeing project delivery to the highest standards.

Donna Sultan, president and CEO of KEO International Consultants said: “Our exceptional InSite practice has been diligently providing specialised services in urban design, planning and landscape architecture for clients across all of our markets.

"Since its launch, it has been committed to plan and create distinguished, sustainable, high-functioning and deeply desirable built and natural environments. We welcome Chris to InSite’s international team of experts. I am confident that through his leadership and his reputation for design excellence, Chris will strengthen our position in the market and provide opportunities to enrich InSite’s portfolio of projects."

Fannin, MD of InSite, stated: “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to join KEO, a firm that I have admired and have had the professional opportunity to collaborate with on a number of important projects throughout the Middle East. The firm's commitment to its markets, being over 50 years in operation, has deeply informed its development into a recognized practice of depth, knowledge and interdisciplinary skill."

Fannin is an urban designer, master planning and landscape architecture veteran and an acclaimed practitioner with a career that spans over 25 years.

He takes on a key influential role by also joining KEO’s executive leadership board, actively participating in setting direction and developing strategic plans for the business.

Chris was previously senior vice president and global director of planning at HOK, and member of HOK’s board of directors and the management board. He has been a practicing professional and an educator with teaching positions at leading universities in the field of planning and landscape architecture as well as being an active contributor to worldwide industry events.