Lifetime passion for design

Elio Gebrayel-Managing Director at ehospitality Consultants-ACH Efraim Evidor/ITP Images ;16-03-16 Elio Gebrayel-ACH

Designing for hospitality is the speciality of Elio Gebrayel who had architecture in his blood from a very early age.

The managing director of Erga, based in Dubai, is following in a family tradition.

“I grasped the principles of architecture from an early age,” he says. “My family business was architecture and design so I grew up with it. I was always looking at drawings and models.”

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Gebrayel also became interested in the practical side of the design and build business.

He says: “I was always intrigued by mechanical things. I wanted to understand how all the moving parts worked. So I applied that to the built environment. I realised I was developing a passion for engineering as well as design.”

There is one over-riding concern when it comes to designing for the hospitality sector, according to Gebrayel.

“It is all about the customer experience,” he says. “We always stress that we must put ourselves in the customer’s shoes and design around what will be best for them. If they are not happy then the project is not a success.”

A recent project in Dubai by the company has seen a major retrofit of a building for one of the world’s leading hospitality brands.

“The structure was originally an office and we had to turn it into a hotel,” he says. “We stripped the floors and reconfigured the windows. They were inside the walls but we put them on the exterior making the rooms bigger.

There is one over-riding concern when it comes to designing for the hospitality sector, according to Gebrayel.

“It is all about the customer experience,” he says. “We always stress that we must put ourselves in the customer’s shoes and design around what will be best for them. If they are not happy then the project is not a success.”

 

 

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