Joao Ornelas, Associate

With over 14 years’ experience Kola has led and worked on a wide variety of projects through all stages from feasibility to completion both in the UK and Internationally.

He prides himself in delivering value for clients. He is extremely knowledgeably of BIM strategies, protocols and has helped set up BIM Standards for HKR.

Kola’s enjoys working on complex and challenging projects, his most memorable project, so far at HKR, was the design of a large hotel in Mecca, with 10,600 bedrooms.

In his free time, Kola attempts to avoid British bad weather at all costs, travelling to different cities as frequently as possible. He is also our resident-daredevil, having been skydiving twice and always looking for his next fix of the extreme!


“I really enjoy the collaborative approach to design, consultation and delivery we have at HKR. It is great to work with a team of such passionate and ambitious people.”


Associate Director