About US

Killa Design is an architectural design firm that is dedicated to creating innovative buildings that are timeless, environmentally sustainable and contextually inspired. The firm specialises in mixed use, high rise, hospitality, office, and residential projects. We also have significant experience in retail, theatre, museum, urban design and master planning projects.


Meet our team :

Shaun Killa

B.A.S., B. Arch  

Shaun is a multi-award winning architect having worked on some of the world’s most iconic structures. Having graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town, Shaun moved to Dubai and joined Atkins in 1998. He worked on the Burj Al Arab project and became Design Director for Atkins in Dubai where he won high-rise commissions such as the Almas Tower, 21st Century Tower, Chelsea Tower, Millennium Tower, and many projects in the Middle East. His specialisation in large mixed-use high-rise buildings and his passion for sustainable design led him to design the world’s first large-scale integration of wind turbines into a building, the Bahrain World Trade Center.

In 2014, he set up Killa Design along with Allel Hadri. The company is focused on innovative, contextual, low carbon buildings which challenge architectural norms while engaging with and realising the client’s vision. Last year, the company handed over its first completed building – the Office of the Future.

He has masterplans in Egypt, Dubai, Cape Town and KSA, and regularly participates on the advisory committees of several universities for their Bachelor and Master’s programs. 

    Allel Hadri

    BSc, CEng, MICE, FIStructE

    Allel is a qualified civil and structural engineer with a wealth of experience gained over 35 years in the UK, North Africa and Middle East and in particular the UAE. His experience covers business, client, project and design management and construction supervision. Allel has completed over 350 projects covering residential, commercial, hospitality, education, healthcare, industrial and leisure in the MENA region.

    Prior to joining Killa Design, Allel was the Resident Director of UAE and Iraq for SSH International for more than a year. He spent most of his career with Atkins where he was the Property Director. He also managed the Dubai business of Atkins for most of the last decade.

    Significant projects include Dubai Internet City, the Kempinski Hotel and Residence on the Palm Jumeirah, over 20 commercial and residential towers in Dubai’s Jumeirah Lakes and Marina areas, as well as the Almas Tower, the Flower Centre at Dubai International Airport and Yas Waterworld at Yas Island (Abu Dhabi).

    Allel obtained his BSc (Hons) in Civil and Structural Engineering from Cardiff University (UK). He is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers.