BKV Taps Design Pro to Drive Corporate, Hospitality Projects In North Texas and Sun Belt

In her new role as director of interior design and senior associate, Melanie N. Hanna will partner with clients to create immersive environments reflective of their brands.

BKV Group has added Melanie N. Hanna as director of interior design and senior associate working on its Dallas practice site.

Washington, D.C.-based BKV Group is a holistic, multidisciplinary design firm.

In a news release, Jack Boarman, CEO of BKV Group said Hanna’s expertise in “nearly every aspect of design” makes her the “ideal candidate” to help scale the firm’s interior design work in Texas and throughout BKV’s southern region.

He added that the firm is “fortunate that she selected our firm for the next chapter of her professional journey, as her creativity and client-focused approach align perfectly with our own corporate ethos.”

In her new role, Hanna will support the firm’s continued growth, with a concentration in the corporate and hospitality sectors in Dallas-Fort Worth and the Sun Belt, partnering with clients to create immersive environments reflective of their brands.

The firm said that Hanna brings 17 years of experience in interior design and brand strategy, most recently as a senior project designer and senior associate at BOKA Powell, where she specialized in corporate interiors and helped to launch the firm’s hospitality studio, 8080.

Expanding market share in Dallas and beyond

BKV said Hanna is a proponent of creating rich design narratives to elicit emotion and establish a distinct sense of place, and that her extensive portfolio includes corporate, historic preservation, civic, healthcare, education, religious, and hospitality projects, such as Venetian Macau Parcel 5 & 6 including Shangri-La, Traders, and Sheraton Hotels in Macau, China, and the Waterloo Park Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton in Austin.

More recently, the firm said Hanna was part of the design team behind the renovation of International Plaza III, a 13-story office tower in Dallas, and led the design of Roam Grandscape, a hospitality-driven coworking space at the Grandscape development in The Colony.

Hanna said BKV’s approach aligns with her own design philosophy. “In addition to resonating with my own design philosophy, BKV’s research-driven, storytelling approach to design results in visually striking projects reflecting not only local iconography but also our clients’ values and brand aesthetic,” she said in a statement.

Hanna added that “it’s exciting to be part of the firm as it expands its market share in the southern states and particularly in Dallas, which is rapidly becoming a corporate headquarters and hospitality hub.”

For more than 45 years, BKV Group said it has designed and delivered community-enhancing, award-winning projects across a multitude of sectors, including market-rate multifamily, student living, senior housing, affordable housing, government and federal, education and library, corporate and commercial, hospitality and mixed-use.

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