The Michael Zander Team


Michael Zander

Michael Zander

Architecte DPLG, ARB, RIBA. Vice President of the Syndicat des Architectes de la Côte d'Azur

Michael is the founder of the practice and oversees all projects. A native Frenchman, after qualifying as an Architect Michael worked in Paris for several years before joining John Seifert Architects, a large practice in London specialising in luxury hotels, where he worked for 6 years. He started his own business in Valbonne, France in 2006.

His portfolio of work includes Thalès Alenia Space, the Carlton hotel in Cannes, the Grand Hotel in St Jean Cap Ferrat and the Hilton in Reading. He is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is registered to practice architecture both in France and England.  In 2015 Michael was elected Vice President of the Syndicat des Architectes de la Côte d’Azur.

Michael is bilingual in French and English and is married to an English wife. He is a keen sailor, loves modern art and is a great fan of British humour.

Maude Habary

Maude Habary

Architecte DE

Maude is project architect for many of our hotel and restaurant projects as well as luxury residential villas. Her experience includes the Miramar Beach Hotel, Yo’Mo restaurant Cannes and the Casino de Monte Carlo. Before joining Michael Zander Architecture she worked on urban planning projects in Nice, Toulon, Mandelieu and Marseilles.

Maude has recently bought her own house and is now putting architecture into personal practice with a particular emphasis on demolition…

Nita Sharma

Nita Sharma

Architecte BSc Hons, ARB, RIBA

Nita takes the role of Project Architect for many of our English-speaking clients. She qualified as an Architect in 1998 in London and worked on many architectural projects in England including private housing in Harpenden, the Bristol Harbourside masterplan (residential, office and leisure facilities) and an elderly care home in St Albans before moving to France in 2006. Whilst with MZArchitecture she has worked on Le Mas Candille hotel bedrooms, Amadeus and Thalès Alenia Space.

In addition to her architectural flair Nita has hidden musical talents (piano Grade 5 and DJ skills), speaks two Indian languages as well as English, and has a Brown Belt in karate!

Fanny Combier

Fanny Combier

Architecte DPLG

Fanny is Project Architect for several of our commercial and hotel projects, including the 5 star Apogee Hotel, Nike store and various projects for the offices of Amadeus IT group. Before joining MZA she worked on several public buildings as well as individual residential projects.

Fanny plays the piano, the guitar and the cello and loves drawing.  She also enjoys making pottery…both with and without her children to help…!

 

Xavier Prédine-Hug

Xavier Prédine-Hug

Architecte DPLG

Xavier is our partner architect in Paris, and works principally on our high luxury residential projects.  After having worked in San Francisco and New York Xavier joined Philippe Starck in 2003, with a particular focus on the design of luxury yachts.  He also worked on the creation of the Mama Shelter Hotel in Paris.  In 2006 Xavier founded his own architectural practice in Paris, continuing to work on projects for Philippe Starck.  His clients now include Minelli, Peugeot and Petite Mendigote, for whom he designs retail outlets, as well as several hotels and Le Silo, a modern art museum.

Xavier is bilingual in French and English.

 

Janet Zander

Janet Zander

BA (Hons)

Janet is responsible for marketing and general administration. She spent 10 years working in marketing for ICI Paints in the UK, Malaysia and Europe, latterly as European Marketing Manager. She also worked as Project Director for Added Value Marketing Consultancy and as Marketing Controller for Signet, the largest jewellery retailer in the UK, before moving to France in 2006.

Janet enjoys cooking and playing the piano. She and Michael also have two children, who keep both parents firmly under control when not at work.

Isabelle Cauco

Isabelle Cauco

Isabelle is our secretary and the secret to our success.  She is bilingual, highly efficient, always smiling and above all very nice!

 

 

Thorne Wheatley Associes

Thorne Wheatley Associes

On large scale projects with complex cost or project management requirements (particularly hotels) MZArchitecture often works closely with Thorne Wheatley Associés. TWA offer bilingual services including quantity surveying, cost management and project management. They have over 25 years of experience in these fields and their client list includes The Sporting d’Hiver in Monaco, Hotel Hermitage in Monaco, The Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, the Hotel Intercontinental Carlton in Cannes, the Residence of the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Paris and the Crédit Foncier in Monaco.