For nearly a decade, Ross has focused on luxury hotel and resort architecture around the
world, living and working in the Caribbean, the Gulf and, now, in the UK, and still with
undiminished enthusiasm for applying his skills in new geographic markets. Ross’s hotel
design career began in Beirut, working with the celebrated French designer Pierre-Yves
Rochon as project manager on commissions in the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Syria as
well as in Lebanon. In 2004, Ross moved to the Caribbean to assume responsibility as
interior design specialist for The Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman; he was subsequently
appointed resort architectural and interior design manager by the developers of the St
Regis Temenos Hotel Spa & Resort on Anguilla.
Such experience meant that, on joining ReardonSmith, Ross quickly made a substantial
contribution to a number of our most prestigious projects, both at home and overseas. In
particular, he has developed a strong working relationship with Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts, working with the operator on new-builds and refurbishment in Baku, Montenegro
and London. The new Four Seasons in Baku, now under construction, will be nothing
short of the most luxurious hotel in the city.
It was ReardonSmith’s first project in Baku and such was the client approval of the proposed scheme, we have since been awarded two further projects in the city. Ross is managing one of these, a development of high-end apartments above what will be Baku’s most chic retail destination. In London, Ross also led the architectural team during the early stages of the refurbishment of the Park Lane Four Seasons. In addition, Ross is the director responsible for our Porto Montenegro project which will see the creation of a new marina destination aside the Adriatic on a 24ha site along the spectacular coastline of Montenegro. The first phase is focusing on the waterfront development and will include a 350-berth marina, high-end apartments, retail and restaurants. As part of this phase nears completion, Porto Montenegro is already being hailed “the new Monaco”.
- Four Seasons Baku, Azerbaijan. Project Director; client liaison, team
management and design of a new 200-room hotel in a classical style
- Luxury residences Baku, Azerbaijan. Project Director; architectural design,
team management and client liaison
- Porto Montenegro, Tivat, Montenegro. Project Director; leading the
masterplanning and design of a new superyacht marina destination with
particular focus on the hotel component
- Four Seasons Park Lane, London. Project Director; major refurbishment of
the Four Seasons’ flagship hotel in London, including the addition of a new
level with a rooftop spa
- Le Méridien Montparnasse, Paris. Project Director; feasibility and concept
design for refurbishment and redesign of existing hotel
Ross Blunt is a participant in REBEC conference, which will be held between June 21 and 23 in Continental hotel in Belgrade.