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

Design Partner

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

Managing Partner

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.

Brad Cornish


B.Arch (Hons),  B.App.Sc.Env.Des.

Brad joined Killa Design as Project and Design Manager in the middle of 2016. He holds qualifications in architecture from several leading Australian universities and has over 10 years of multi-discipline experience in both Australia and the Middle East.

Starting his career with two large Australian firms, Brad worked on a variety of projects including airport terminals, sports stadiums, commercial buildings and mixed-use residential projects. Moving to the UAE in 2008, he was posted as site architect on a residential island and later worked throughout the region on different residential and hospitality projects on both consultant and client sides.

Brad continues to pursue innovative design with the team and strives toward design excellence and explore new and exciting investigations for the built environment.




Kurt Peter Hanzlik


Architect Ontario Association of Architects (Canada), PQP, LEED AP

Senior Architect

Kurt is a qualified architect with over 30 years of design experience in a wide range of projects that include museums, resorts, hotels and mixed–use developments with a passion for detailing excellence, R&I (research and innovation) to design great people spaces. After graduating from Canada, Kurt spent 10 years in Vienna and Berlin and subsequently in his native city of Toronto where he was in involved in the design and delivery of diverse projects. These included the Toronto Opera House, Niagara Falls Casino Resort, Austron – a particle accelerator and the Royal Ontario Museum European Galleries.

Prior to joining Killa Design in 2015, Kurt was based on site in Muscat leading the successful completion of the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre and was also teaching at the Canadian University in Dubai.

Pratheesh Krishnan


B.Arch, RIBA, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Senior Architect

Pratheesh is a chartered architect with over 13 years’ experience in the Middle East and India. He leads teams on various hospitality projects and has an excellent ability to work across varying disciplines and cultures. His experience also includes designing and planning large-scale hospitality, residential, commercial, mixed-use developments and airport terminals in Middle East, India, Russia and Europe.

His most recent roles include: senior project architect for Namaste, Mumbai (384-key W hotel) and Noida Mixed-Use Development and Kamala Mixed-Use Development in India; a hotel project on the Bluewaters island and The Address Downtown Dubai.

Pratheesh also registered with IIA as International Associate, the Council of Architects India and Indian Institute of Architects.


Sune Theil


B.Arch, RIBA

Associate Partner

Sune has more than 15 years of design, project and construction leadership experience with a wide range of skills to successfully lead and execute large projects, from initial design brief development and review to construction completion.

He possesses a comprehensive understanding of client requirements and has, on many projects been able to take the project beyond client’s expectations to both design and project feasibility. Sune has been based in Dubai since 2005 working within the hospitality sector as lead designer, developer and hotel operator.

A graduate from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, Sune also has substantial experience in large scale, high-rise residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.