International architecture, planning, engineering, interior design and programme management firm Leo A Daly has opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
It is the second office opened by the firm in the Middle East in recent years and will focus on the infrastructure, housing, healthcare and education markets.
“Saudi Arabia is a fast-growing economy and is investing in its infrastructure, hospitals and universities,” said Charles Dalluge, executive VP, Leo A Daly.
“We have worked with Saudi clients on a diverse portfolio of large-scale projects since the 1970s, and we believe opening this regional office will help us play a significant role in fulfilling the country’s needs.”
Jay Kline, regional manager, Saudi Arabia, will lead the office in close collaboration with Ross Ensor, the firm’s corporate international director, to build prospective and existing client relationships, identify job opportunities, and coordinate the firm’s projects in the country.
Since joining Leo A Daly in 2008, Kline has primarily focused on the firm’s federal projects, serving clients such as the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration.
His responsibilities included managing clients, developing pursuit strategies, overseeing proposal writing processes and preparing project interviews.
“Representing the firm in Saudi Arabia is an honour and I am looking forward to this challenge,” said Kline. “I lived in the Middle East as a youth and am therefore familiar and comfortable with the Arab people and culture. I will be striving to build strong and sustainable relationships with our clients in the next few years.”
The opening of the Riyadh office marks the eighth international location for Leo A Daly, which also has offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing; Hong Kong; Benghazi, Libya; Istanbul, Turkey; Moscow; and Tripoli, Libya.