Co-Executive Director & Design Director, KEO Design
John Lister is an industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in the delivery of viable, smart and aesthetically well-designed mixed-use developments in the Middle East, the UK, and around the globe. An expert in architectural design and design management, with a detailed understanding of the economic issues that influence commercial mixed-use and residential real estate sectors, John is adept at developing sound strategic approaches to improve the value and efficiency of every project he works on.
Prior to his appointment at KEO, John served as Director of Architecture at Perkins+Will, UAE. He was also the former Lifestyle Studio Director at Gensler, Abu Dhabi and ran his own Architectural design practice in the UK for over a decade before that. John is a RIBA Chartered Architect holding both BA (Honors) and Master’s Degrees in Architecture from the University of Manchester, UK.
In his role as Co-Executive Director and Design Director, John is responsible for expanding KEO’s existing markets and services. He has full responsibility for the delivery of KEO’s innovative architectural design throughout all our offices, while also supporting the Design division’s talented professionals and creating impactful mentoring opportunities in line with our firm’s core values.