A former cum laude architecture student and recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and a Master's graduate from McGill University in Montreal Canada, Morné Fourie is an Urban Designer with twenty-two years of experience in East Asia, Middle East and North America.
He has led numerous commissions in the fields of master planning and architecture, specializing in new communities, urban renewal and urban regeneration.
Morné Fourie is currently the Vice President of Design Management at Dubai Parks & Resorts in the United Arab Emirates, a 10.5 billion dirham publicly listed entity created out of Meraas Development.
At DPR Morne lead the design and design-management during the construction of 3 theme parks, a Marriott hotel and RD&E, as well as the concept design of four future parks and 6 hotels as part of the larger masterplan developed by his office. Under his tenure in Meraas, approximately 3000 Hectare of land was master planned, islands were reclaimed and construction projects initiated.
Morne partook in the development of the Dubai 2020 master plan, working with the key players from the Dubai Government. Morne both nationally and internationally addressed and chaired conferences and partook in & moderated panel discussions on design, planning and architectural issues.
Morne was a founding member of the DSCP (the Dubai Society for Construction Professionals). Morne joined the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in January 2008. He taught the urban planning Masters degree course at Harriot Watt University. prior to joining Meraas, Mr. Fourie was the Director of Urban Design for AECOM in Abu Dhabi. In October 2006 after five years in China, he started the EDAW AECOM Middle East office. Morne attended EDAW- University at Lake Tahoe in California in 2007. He resides in Dubai from where he leads the DXBE concept design team in global design and planning commissions.