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Dexter Moren


Dexter is a recognised leader in hospitality design and receieved the AHEAD Outstanding Contribution Award in 2022. With over 30 years’ experience, he has worked with the majority of leading brands in the UK, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.   

Dexter started his architectural training at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He continued his studies in New York, obtaining his master’s degree in architecture and urban design from Columbia University, before returning to Wits to complete an MBA. He then completed his RIBA qualification at the Architectural Association, London. 

He was commissioned to design his first hotel, the iconic Marine Parade Holiday Inn on Durban’s North Beach, at just 28. Dexter founded Studio Moren in 1992 and is proud of the team that has evolved from three to 70 over the past 30 years.

“I am driven by the pursuit of design excellence and sustainability, and creating a creative working experience in which individual talents are embraced and nurtured.”

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