DEP has been formed as a consulting firm delivering high-end master planning, architectural and engineering services, starting from concept design phase through schematic design, design development, tender preparation and evaluation in addition to site supervision and construction management services.
Founded by Partners, previous Design Managers in reputed international companies with extensive experience in conceiving and delivering large scale projects, DEP has attained an impressive roster of Clients since the commencement of the corporate operation. It has put forward expertise and technical efficiency to optimize its client business performance and has expanded its operation to cover different countries worldwide.
Throughout the years, DEP has made a noticeable growth and a good reputation. In addition to feasibility studies, building design studies and site supervision, the firm has specialized in providing electro-mechanical engineering services for communities, industries and airports, as well as life safety studies, design of intelligent systems and integration of information systems. The firm has procured the latest calculation programs and drafting applications. State-of-the-art design was an integral part of the business plan as well as delivering high quality products and services, which provided a focus for production work, especially in shop drawings for EPC Projects.
DEP is a member of the Lebanon Green Building Council (LGBC) and has an active member in its directing board. It has been involved in a number of LEED projects, and is promoting Green Designs practices in both passive and architectural aspects, active energy efficient and heat recovery MEP systems.
DEP’s professional, on-staff designers bring extensive experience in systems to every project. The Company’s focus is in meeting the Client’s strategic objectives with provision of high caliber professional support, technical expertise and innovation.
Therefore, the company places critical importance on experience, skills, knowledge, capability, reliability and quality.
Based in Lebanon & Egypt, ICON was founded to aim the utility and refinement, reaching the high end finishes of the Architectural elegance and the glamorous Interior world.
Created by a group of Planners, Architects, Interior Designers and Landscapers, ICON is acknowledged by its new visionary and innovative management, creating the ultimate combination between functional zoning and attractive spaces, offering a reliable client service in multidisciplinary solutions and value engineering expertise, providing also a quality objective in planning, design and implementation for development projects.
Chairman and CEO – Fares Nassif
Mr Nassif is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DEP; He has a solid record in managing large scale projects involving multiple corporate stakeholders and engineering disciplines. He has worked at the highest echelons of government and corporate leadership toward delivering prestigious large scale projects all over the MENA Region. Graduated from École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB), with an Electro-Mechanical Diploma and a Master of Economy of Energy from Pierre Mendes de France University, Grenoble, France, Mr Nassif experience extends to overall projects planning, design and supervision management.
Mr Nassif has gained extensive experience in designing and managing large and complex scale projects and worked as head of Design Unit at Dar Al-Handasah Shair & Co. – Dubai Region. Since its early operations, Mr Nassif has made DEP reach an impressive roster of clients. Mr Nassif’s Professionalism and Enthusiasm were the main ingredients that led him to found one of the best promising engineering consultancy firms in Lebanon and the MENA region.
Managing Partner & Electrical HOD – Nasr Farhat
Mr Farhat is a Managing Partner at DEP and currently assumes the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Manager of DEP Electrical and IT departments. He has a wide experience in the field of engineering design, design management and project development throughout his career in the MENA region.
Graduated from École Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB), with an Electro-Mechanical Diploma and a Master in Electrical Engineering, Mr Farhat professionalism and persistence have led him, since the early beginning of his career in Dar Al-Handasah Shair & Co. (Beirut), to gain an extensive experience in engineering design and to manage and direct multi-disciplinary projects, making him the youngest projects director in DEP.
Mr Farhat has been an engineering practitioner; researcher and instructor. He has managed all aspects of major international projects running the gamut from concept design, design development, shopdrawings and construction follow-up to post-delivery and support. Mr Farhat is a process and controls oriented professional and brings a unique set of skills and high level of competency to successfully manage large and diverse teams to simultaneously deliver end-to-end design packages of multiple high-value projects.
Project involvements included Hospitality & Leisure, Residential, Commercial, Airports, Infrastructure and Industrial.
Managing Partner & Mechanical HOD – Youssef Ghantous
Graduated from American University of Beirut (AUB) with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, Mr Ghantous is a Managing Partner at DEP and assumes the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Head of Mechanical department. He is, as well, a founding member of various technical organisations like LGBC (Lebanon Green Building Council) and LSES (Lebanese Solar Energy Society).
Throughout his long experience in project management and design of mechanical systems of a variety of projects including hospitals, hotels, airports, infrastructure and industrial complexes, Mr Ghantous intensified his technical knowledge in specialized systems like airport apron services, laboratories air control, medical gases, renewable energy state-of-the-art systems and many others.
Mr Ghantous’ versatile technical experience and professional reputation has given him the edge to both build the company’s technical foundation and to win clients trust and satisfaction.
Managing Partner – Mazen Bacha
Mr. Bacha is an architect and developer, specialized in building planning, urban planning, and project management. After training in leading international firms, he opened his own engineering office in Dubai, taking on several mega projects ranging from high rise buildings to planning and designing an entire island.
In 2010, he became a partner at DEP. His experience with big developers in Dubai broadened Mazen’s expertise to financing and developing his own projects in Lebanon.
Associated Architectural HOD – Pierre Younes
Mr Younes is a Managing Partner at ICON and Associated Architectural HOD at DEP; He has a diversified experience in architecture and project management on a multitude of projects in the MENA region.
Graduated from Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) with a Diploma of high studies in Architecture and a Master Degree in Urban Planning from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts, Mr Younes has gained widespread experience in designing large scale projects as a Project Architect at Dar Al-Handasah Shair & Co. and as Head of Architectural department and Lead design architect in DEP. He holds the firm’s key architectural leadership role. His primary duties include organizing and managing project teams. He maintains personal involvement in each project throughout all the phases, with particular emphasis on generating and developing the design concepts and overseeing the overall project team to ensure that the design concepts are carried out to the highest level of client satisfaction and success.
He also leads the firm participation in international concept design competitions and leads the preparation of technical & financial project proposals.
Mr Younes has participated in many projects’ design and supervision in the Middle East, the Gulf and Africa (From medium to large scale projects). This wide geographical spread coupled with a variety of clients indicates the flexibility and the familiarity with international standards and codes.