Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
  • Dean McGrail

About Dean McGrail

Dean has been a member of the CTBUH since 2002 and was invited to represent CTBUH in the UAE in 2012. As a part of his role, he organizes events to ensure CTBUH connects industry experts in the Middle East to disseminate multi-disciplinary information and the latest knowledge on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments to the UAE Property & Buildings community.

Dean is currently a Director at global consultancy WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, having spent ten years with the business in the Middle East and 3 years in Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai). In his current role as Director – Property & Buildings he leads the property and buildings business unit for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East, overseeing +550 people in a wide range of disciplines including building services, building structures, architect of record, façade engineering, IT/comms, audio visual, security consulting,…


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About Dean McGrail

Dean has been a member of the CTBUH since 2002 and was invited to represent CTBUH in the UAE in 2012. As a part of his role, he organizes events to ensure CTBUH connects industry experts in the Middle East to disseminate multi-disciplinary information and the latest knowledge on tall buildings and sustainable urban environments to the UAE Property & Buildings community.

Dean is currently a Director at global consultancy WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff, having spent ten years with the business in the Middle East and 3 years in Asia (Hong Kong & Shanghai). In his current role as Director – Property & Buildings he leads the property and buildings business unit for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East, overseeing +550 people in a wide range of disciplines including building services, building structures, architect of record, façade engineering, IT/comms, audio visual, security consulting, vertical transportation, fire & life safety and integrated project delivery.

He also sits on the Leadership Team for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Middle East and is involved in the development and execution of the regional strategy.

Prior to his current role Dean was an internationally recognized fire & life safety consultant having worked on some of the most prestigious projects in the Middle East, Asia and internationally including Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi; Abu Dhabi Financial Centre, Abu Dhabi; Kingdom Tower Concept Design, Saudi Arabia; Tameer Towers, Abu Dhabi; and Manchester Commonwealth Stadium, Manchester, UK. He also has a wealth of experience in the design of retail malls, landmark high-rise buildings, stadium, exhibitions, transport, cruise ships, courts complexes and mixed use developments. In addition to projects Dean has also published a number of papers, presented at international conferences and lectured at Universities in Dubai and Hong Kong.

CTBUH Involvement

  • Past Roles:
  • City Representative, Dubai (2012 – 2018)
  • Annual Conference, Steering Committee (Middle East 2018)

Events/Initiatives Involving Dean McGrail

CTBUH Team Travels to Dubai

31 Jan 2018, CTBUH News – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel-Miller…

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference

CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference

29 Oct 2017, Event Report – The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017…

CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower

CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower

9 Jun 2015, Event Report – CTBUH Dubai hosted a tour of Dubai's Cayan Tower, situated in the heart of the…

Events/Initiatives Involving Dean McGrail

CTBUH Team Travels to Dubai
31 Jan 2018, Dubai – CTBUH News
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Events Manager Jessica Rinkel-Miller traveled to Dubai in preparation for the 2018 Middle East Conference.
CTBUH Leaders Connect at 2017 Conference
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
The Annual Leaders Meeting was held the day before the start of the CTBUH 2017 Australia Conference, bringing together the Council’s leaders.
CTBUH Dubai Leads Tour of Cayan Tower
9 Jun 2015, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Dubai hosted a tour of Dubai's Cayan Tower, situated in the heart of the Dubai Marina. The tour was led by Dean McGrail, a CTBUH representative in UAE, and Director at WSP.
Dubai Committee Holds Inaugural Event
10 Dec 2014, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH held its Inaugural Dubai Committee Event at the Vida Downtown Hotel. The event was held to reintroduce and reinvigorate interest in the CTBUH in Dubai.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
CTBUH Leaders Discuss Ways to Broaden Council Membership
15 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The leadership of the Council convened in the Leaders Meeting to participate in discussions about how to widen the Council’s reach and effectiveness.

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Dean McGrail Related Resources

The Skybridge as an Evacuation Option for Tall Buildings in High-Rise Cities in the Far East

Oct 2005 – Journal of Applied Fire Science Vol 13 Issue II
Antony Wood, University of Nottingham; Wan-ki Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Dean McGrail, WSP Hong Kong Ltd.

Fire Engineering the Tallest Building in the Historic City of Manchester, UK

Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference
Dean Kevin McGrail & Simon Francis Lay, WSP Fire Engineering; W.K. Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Immediate action in providing fire safety in cities with dense highrise buildings; The Possibility of Incorporating Skybridges

Jul 2004 – Shenyang-Hong Kong Joint Symposium on ‘Healthy Building in Urban Environments' 2004
Antony Wood, University of Nottingham; Dean McGrail, WSP Fire Engineering; Wan-Ki Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Unviersity

Dean McGrail Related Papers/Research

The Skybridge as an Evacuation Option for Tall Buildings in High-Rise Cities in the Far East
Oct 2005 – Journal of Applied Fire Science Vol 13 Issue II; Antony Wood, University of Nottingham; Wan-ki Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Dean McGrail, WSP Hong Kong Ltd.
Consequent to the World Trade Center (WTC) tragedy, research into the safety of tall buildings has been concentrated almost exclusively on the improvement of structural systems, fire proofing, and vertical evacuation systems. While this work is vital…
Fire Engineering the Tallest Building in the Historic City of Manchester, UK
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Dean Kevin McGrail & Simon Francis Lay, WSP Fire Engineering; W.K. Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This paper addresses the fire engineered design of the means of escape provisions from the residential areas of the New Landmark Beetham Tower in the Historic City of Manchester. When completed the residential tower will be the tallest residential…
Immediate action in providing fire safety in cities with dense highrise buildings; The Possibility of Incorporating Skybridges
Jul 2004 – Shenyang-Hong Kong Joint Symposium on ‘Healthy Building in Urban Environments' 2004; Antony Wood, University of Nottingham; Dean McGrail, WSP Fire Engineering; Wan-Ki Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic Unviersity
This paper, in reviewing fire safety provisions and fire safety engineering approaches in the context of Hong Kong, proposes the 'skybridge' concept as a way of providing immediate action in the consideration of adequate egress paths.