Andrew, who is based in Hong Kong, is responsible for creating business opportunities within the Asia Pacific region as well as the day-to-day running of the office. He has over 17 years of property experience in the Asia markets: he was a founding Director for Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong and, prior to joining YOO, the Executive Director for International Investments at Knight Frank Hong Kong overlooking all the cross-border transactions between their international offices, including residential developments and marketing, hotel investments and resorts developments.
Out of the office, Andrew is a “green” origami artist using environmental friendly or recycled papers. He has created a series of large sized origami lanterns for a well known Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong and published a book in 2000 for Paramount Movies – Star Trek Paper Universe (Simon & Schuster).
Andrew has been involved in real estate for over 20 years at all stages of the development process as a Quantity Surveyor, Contractor, Project Manager and Developer. He has worked with John Hitchcox for over 14 years both at Manhattan Loft and at YOO since inception.
Andrew heads up the development and investment side of the business and has been instrumental in delivering many of YOO 's more profitable developments - carrying out much of the due diligence and risk assessment work required prior to any YOO investment. With his extensive knowledge of the development process he is ideally placed to evaluate new project partners and ventures.
Angela brings to YOO Studio, a unique vision and depth of experience developed across an international portfolio of hospitality, large-scale luxury residential and mixed-use projects.
Adept at brand story creation, Angela is also a specialist in design thinking and brand synthesis to position projects. Her expertise has also developed an innate ability to design memorable experiences, always with a sense of place and occasion, while maximising the commercial potential of a property.
A strategic designer, Angela has delivered programming and planning of technical services for complex developments throughout the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Eurasia. Prior to joining YOO Studio, Angela conceptualised and delivered projects for Shangri-La, Rotana Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Nakheel and Emaar.
Anja joined the YOO design team in November 2012 to work on concept design, FF&E selection and styling. So far she has worked on YOO Inspired by Starck, Kelly Hoppen for YOO and Jade Jagger for YOO projects.
Prior to joining us, Anja worked at United Designers and Lee Broom as well as freelancing for a number of years. This allowed her to carry out projects from concept through to installation, whilst honing her specialist FF&E skills along the way. Past projects include The Heron, ME Hotel Vienna & St. George’s Tower Penthouses.
Of German origin, Anja moved to London to follow a creative career after an international upbringing in South East Asia and Turkey. Working for YOO allows her to combine her passion for exciting, cutting edge-design and travel.
Eric graduated in 1983 with an Honours degree in Design from De Montfort University (Leicester).
In his early career, he participated in a range of noteworthy projects including five star hotels, casinos and retail developments, palaces and numerous private residences for the Omani and Saudi royal families, both in England and in the Middle East.
Eric’s involvement in cruise ship design has seen him become a leading contributor to the shaping of interior architecture for many of the most advanced and evolutionary cruise ships built in the last two decades.
For his services to cruise industry he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 2003.
Over the years, Eric’s reputation for inspirational designs delivered with consummate professionalism has been instrumental in the successful outcome of projects both on land and at sea throughout Britain and Europe, the Middle East, America and China.
As Executive Assistant to John Hitchcox Heather fulfills a high pressure and varied role whether co-coordinating meetings, events or fast-moving travel arrangements. Totally reliable, and efficient, Heather has had over 7 years' experience in a multitude of high pressure roles within top tier organisations, working with the most senior level individuals through a range of international brands and companies.
As well as knowing her way around an international flight booking, Heather is somewhat of a global nomad herself, having spent extended periods in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United States, South Africa and Australia.
Ignacio joined YOO in 2012 as designer for YOO Design Studio. An accomplished Interior Architect, Ignacio was immersed in design from a young age by his father, the artist and interior designer Ramon Corredoira. After studying in A Coruña in Spain, Ignacio finished his GCSEs in Boston in 1996, before moving back to Spain to complete a degree in Interior Architecture at the Superior Architectural School of Madrid. In 2007 Ignacio joined architecture firm HKS, where he developed interior design strategies for education, commercial and healthcare sectors. More recently Ignacio was based in Denmark where he took part in the development of the Better Place Visitor Centre project based on a ‘green design’ for sustainable architecture.
Passionate about free hand drawing and minimal and pure architecture and Design, Ignacio’s other passion is the ocean and he enjoys surfing at every opportunity.
Jag has extensive experience of working with individuals at all different levels of the real estate sector, from property consultants and investment managers to developers and financiers. Prior to working with YOO he was UK controller of the Dutch financial institution ING Real Estate.
With an auditing and commercial background Jag has excelled in combining finance, legal, management and commercial expertise in various industries, from small start-ups to large multi-nationals.
Jag has comprehensive experience in dealing with international tax, legal, cultural and management issues and plays a key role in negotiating, advising and managing YOO's
James has worked with YOO Chairman John Hitchcox since 1994 when he joined the Manhattan Loft Corporation as Sales and Marketing Manager. He was involved in the marketing of every Manhattan Loft project, and has long and extensive experience of working closely with design and construction teams. Earlier real estate experience included ten years in the residential sales sector, where he was director at a west London based real estate agency.
With YOO from conception, James played a key role in developing the brand and its presence as an international development partner. He now heads the company’s international roll-out programme and is responsible for all aspects of business development at YOO.
Janice is an expert furnishings consultant with over ten years’ experience across the Furnishings and Design industries. As Manager of YOO Furnishings, Janice oversees the smooth sourcing, delivery and installation of all YOO Furnishings contracts across six continents.
Prior to joining YOO in 2011, Janice worked in the Buying team for The Conran Shop before taking Project Management roles with two international furnishings consultancies where she managed teams responsible for ensuring successful procurement and logistics on major projects across the commercial, educational, hospitality and residential sectors.
Truly a people person, it’s the international focus of YOO and the interaction with diverse clients and suppliers from all over the world that Janice thrives on.
Jean Pierre Bandeira has more than 22 years of experience in marketing and business development. He has headed up business development for telecommunication, hospitality and real estate firms worldwide and has led expansions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. This world view and his intimate understanding of the needs and expectations of differing business cultures have resulted in a true competitive advantage in Brazil. His interpersonal skills, vision and strategic planning has been the foundation for creating strategic alliances with the largest and most successful land owners and real estate developers in Brazil. Among other achievements, he has capitalised on this unique understanding of business practices in South America to successfully launch Practicis, a brand and services company for top tier residential developments, for Gafisa, Brazil’s largest homebuilder. He has successfully executed multiple land assembleges in the high density Sao Paulo environment.
John Hitchcox’s rare combination of entrepreneurship and design savvy has had an unparalleled effect on property development worldwide. In 1991 he co-founded the Manhattan Loft Company, bringing to market incredible domestic living spaces, carved out of generous post-industrial buildings, the like of which had not been offered in London before.
In 1998, with his great friend, design giant Philippe Starck, Hitchcox set up YOO, a ground breaking property design and development company. YOO is now the largest residential design and development brand in the world. YOO homes have been designed and developed in large scale projects with partners across 27 countries. Designers Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Anouska Hempel and Steve Leung have all joined the YOO family, creating a portfolio that offers luxury design in many different forms, from the cutting-edge to the most enduringly classic. YOO has won many industry awards for design, development, community building, hotels and residences.
John was born into a family of creatives; his father was the highly respected architect, Brian Hitchcox OBE. John entered the world of property development aged only 19, starting on his own with a house in South London. John lives in London with his family.
With over 18 years’ experience and a passion for design, Josh has put together a network of supply, design and production in the UK and Europe which now contributes to YOO’s already impressive network of artisans.
With a consultative approach, he will find the right design solution for your hotel, restaurant, home or office. Josh also plays piano, drinks martini, and skis, but not at the same time.
Laura oversees marketing activities for both YOO Home and many of YOO's international design projects, drawing on her extensive experience as a marketing manager in the tourism and interiors sectors.
Growing up in Ireland, Laura studied marketing and international business development. Since then she has worked for Aer Lingus and the Financial Times and previously lived in New York and Amsterdam working for Tourism Ireland.
More recently Laura moved back to London to pursue a career in interiors e-commerce. She brings to YOO her extensive knowledge and experience of launching and marketing homeware online.
Mr. Lee has over 20 years’ experience in real estate principal investing and advisory. He has been involved in real estate acquisitions and asset management across the US, UK, Europe as well as India and Latin America. Mr. Lee has been active in the European markets since 2001.
Most recently, Mr. Lee oversaw European real estate private equity at Marathon Asset Management, a multi-billion global investment fund. In addition to managing a number of Marathon’s real estate investments across Europe, India and Latin America, Mr. Lee was responsible for Marathon’s European real estate strategy and relationships.
Prior to Marathon, Mr. Lee worked at Starwood Capital for 9 years, where he served as Managing Director of Starwood Capital Europe in London and where he opened the firm’s office. Previously, Mr. Lee worked in the Real Estate Advisory Group at Ernst & Young in New York and worked on numerous transactions advising opportunity funds, mezzanine lenders and distressed debt buyers.
Mark completed both parts of his studies (parts 1 and 2) at the highly respected architecture school at the University of Canterbury. He started working with John Hitchcox as soon as he had graduated, helping to set up the Manhattan Loft Corporation. Within five years, he was Creative Director, responsible for every design issue from building development to corporate design.
After a few independent years running his own highly successful and profitable practice, Mark once again joined John Hitchcox to assist him in setting up YOO with Philippe Starck. Mark’s architectural background and hands-on experience in the area of cutting-edge development has given him an unusual and valuable insight into the commercial machinery of the property industry, as well as the expectations of the clients. Mark, who lives between London and Sussex, oversees the quality of the output from the YOO Design Studio all over the world.
As Design Director at YOO Michael Delaney oversees and mentors the YOO Studio team, guiding and steering on all conceptual and creative fronts. Michael grew up in London and studied architecture at the universities of Portsmouth and Glasgow. He has worked for some of the profession’s most inspiring names, including Rick Mather, Nigel Coates and David Connor, and the leading London design agency Imagination. Guinness, Ford, Vivienne Westwood and the University of East Anglia have numbered among his clients. Projects have ranged from complex housing proposals to bespoke furniture, and he has proved his skills time and again in both domestic interiors and commercial (retail and restaurant) projects. Michael joined YOO in 2006 and has worked on some of the company’s most prestigious projects. He is currently leading concept proposals on projects in St Petersburg, Miami and Lima.
In her role as Studio Manager Monika works across many varying projects simultaneously, co-coordinating the design team and ensuring the highest quality output at all times.
Throughout her 20-year career in the design industry Monika has worked in various creative fields as a multidisciplinary designer including graphics for print, TV and web design, product, furniture and lighting design. She has delivered innovative design work, collaborated on projects involving design retailers and manufacturers, interior designers and architects in the UK and internationally.
As a prolific designer in her own right Monika's own work has been recognised through several national and international awards. Hailing from Norway, with a rich and varied cultural background, she is also fluent in English, Norwegian and Polish.
Poppy oversees YOO’s front of house ensuring a friendly welcome for all of YOO’s clients and guests.
An Art and Design graduate, Poppy also comes from an artistic family, her grandmother is an artist and her grandfather is a sculptor. In her spare time, Poppy indulges in her love of sewing and textiles creating bespoke cushions.
Born in London, Poppy has also lived in New Zealand. Prior to joining YOO, Poppy worked as a receptionist and administrator for a salon in Mayfair.
Rachel studied at the Glasgow School of art and graduated 2010 with a First Class BA Hons Interior Design.
This young designer has already been recognised for her talents, winning Bar of the future design award and has had her work featured in idFX magazine.
Growing up she was always surrounded by design – her dad has his own interior design company.
Upon graduating, Rachel worked at United designers for 1 year and a half on projects in the UK and overseas (London and Vienna) specialising in luxury hotel and multi-million pound high end residential design. She then continued specialising in hotel design at RPW before joining YOO.
Ruta joins the YOO Studio design team as a Junior Designer. She says she takes inspiration in her design work from her Baltic roots but also from her travels, from great artwork, exhibitions and events, and even everyday objects. Ruta's family was involved in the design industry for years, so it was a natural part of her life from very early days. She studied arts and has always been surrounded by architects, artists and actors. In her spare time she loves being active and even does a bit of ballet.
As Project Design Assistant for YOO Furnishings, Sandra supports on a variety of tasks from FF&E scheduling and drawing to utilising her expertise in YOO’s revolutionary Floor Planner technology, YOO Styler, to create renderings.
Originally from Lithuania, Sandra gained her BA Hons Part 1 in Architecture and is currently studying Interior Design at KLC in London. From a young age Sandra was interested in the arts and its various mediums, from graphic design to sculpture to fashion, and indulging in her passion for music as a professional pianist before taking a keen interest in architecture.
Prior to joining YOO, Sandra worked as a retail consultant for a number of home décor brands before undertaking internships as a design assistant working on luxury hotel and residential projects.
As Facilities Manager & PA to the CFO, Suzanne is responsible for the management of services and processes that support YOO’s core business, including building & office management, utilities infrastructure, space management and ensuring health & safety standards are maintained. Previously Suzanne was EA to the team of YOO’s development and investment arm, YOO Capital, where she also supported the PR and marketing function, working closely with the directors on projects.
Suzanne brings to YOO over 10 years’ experience in the property sector. Prior to joining YOO, Suzanne worked at the Manhattan Loft Corporation as assistant to the directors where she had the fortune to work on iconic projects including Ealing Studios and St Pancras Apartments.
Wassim came to YOO in 2008, after working as an assistant to IT Director in a small business. He is responsible for all YOO group Network & System Infrastructure, IT Budget, IT Projects Strategies, Planning and Implementation. Waz has an interesting string of countries to his name. He grew up in Beirut. He got his first degree in computer science from the Technical University of Riga, and attended the University of East London for his MSc in computer systems engineering.
Zoe is a talented interior designer and FF&E stylist with expertise on landmark projects throughout Europe and Asia.
A graduate of the University of the Arts and Chelsea College of Art, prior to joining YOO Zoe brought her stylistic vision to FFE Styling and Designing roles at Blacksheep and David Collins Studio where she worked on projects including The Wolseley Private Dining Room, The V&A Reading Rooms, Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong, The Puro Hotel in Krakow and and an exclusive new lifestyle hotel in the Middle East soon to be unveiled.
As interior designer at YOO, Zoe is inspired by the diverse cultures of YOO’s client base and particularly enjoys designing in some of the more exotic and sun-filled locations such as Boracay.