By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

Jihane Boury joined global real estate developer and investor Harwood International in 2003 and is currently responsible for pre-leasing new developments, build-to-suits, national accounts leasing and overall marketing of spaces for lease for Harwood International in Dallas. She is also involved in the master-planning of the district of HARWOOD, encompassing 18 city blocks in the heart of Uptown Dallas.

As a registered interior designer in the state of Texas, Boury brings 15 years of experience in programming, master planning and all phases of space planning and interior architectural design. Prior to joining Harwood International, Boury was a principal at one of Dallas’ most renowned architectural and interior design firms, where she directed the design and development of major corporate headquarters nationwide, including several pre-eminent Dallas law firms and international advertising companies.

Pairing a background in interior design and expertise in commercial real estate is quite rare, and Boury is able to deliver design options while leasing space. This sets her far apart from her peers, making it easier on the client to find and plan their space more effectively.

“We design our buildings from the inside out,” Jihane told Commercial Property Executive, further stating that the client comes first and in essence they are the ones who build the culture and character within each building. Her passion to deliver perfection and continue making Dallas a better place are her driving forces.

In addition, Boury keeps her Lebanese roots alive, as she is fluent in Arabic, French and English. She has served on the board of the International Red Cross in Beirut and was also involved in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Hearts and Hammers, and Habitat for Humanity. Boury holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Texas at Arlington.

CPE: What are your current goals at Harwood International?

Boury: We have reached our goal of leasing out the entire district of HARWOOD. The demand for leasing in HARWOOD is higher than ever, and with the opening of Frost Tower next spring we are negotiating to bring the building to 80 percent leased.

Frost Tower will be a 22-story build-to-suit located in the district of HARWOOD. The Class AA office tower will feature approximately 167,000 rental square feet, including two office penthouses with private balconies and over 10,000 rental square feet of mixed retail and landscaped European-inspired gardens along the lower level.

This is a true success story about the ongoing partnership between Frost, a long-term tenant in HARWOOD (since 1996), and the developer, Harwood International, which continues to build as the tenant’s needs grow.

Phase Five is another office development and ready to accommodate up to 320,000 rental square feet.

The district currently has a Walkscore of 92, one of the highest walk scores in the area, and will continuously improve as new developments arise. HARWOOD is a mix of commercial, retail and residential, resort-style mid-rise and high-rise buildings—a place to work and a place to live within an urban oasis of parks and art-filled spaces.

CPE: When did you start working on the Harwood District, and what’s its current status?

Boury: I started working on Azure in HARWOOD in 2003. This year marks 30 Years of HARWOOD, which is a huge milestone for us. Our corporate headquarters are located in the district, and is Uptown Dallas’ fastest-growing district.

Home to such companies as Amegy Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, Emirates Airlines, Frost Bank, HollyFrontier Corp., Jones Day, MoneyGram International, Prologis and Rolex, the six-building development by Harwood International currently showcases more than 2 million square feet of premier Class AA office building, residential multi-family living, retail space and art-filled lobbies. In addition, the campus features Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, Mercat Bistro, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, and The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection.

Now an 18-city-block district, HARWOOD will grow to include over 7 million square feet of high-rise and mid-rise office, retail and multi-family residential developments. Coming soon are new phases: cafes and retail.

CPE: Are there any major obstacles to overcome when starting off such an expansive project?

Boury: Uptown is not typically seen as a potential campus location, so it’s important to market that it is in fact the most prime location in the area. We have additional buildable rights of over 5 million square feet and are marketing to Fortune 500 companies that would like to house their offices in Dallas. Dallas is landing corporate relocations and new branch offices more than ever as companies are seeing the advantage to being centrally located in an economically viable city.

CPE: The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is currently experiencing a construction boom. How do you strive to differentiate your product from the competition?

Boury: We have developed a community where our tenants, residents and visitors can enjoy a stimulating environment filled with restaurants, cafes, gardens and artsy spaces. People are seeing the benefit to being part of a community rather than just one building.

In addition, having our own architecture firm is a unique advantage, as it makes for a more cohesive way of designing and creating a vision all under one roof. HDF L.L.C. is our full-service architectural firm dedicated to delivering the best in world-class design, sustainability, planning and construction solutions. Building on the successes of Harwood International in creating exemplary developments by aligning with world-renowned architects such as James KM Cheng, Michael Graves and Richard Keating, HDF’s talented team of architects and designers from around the world has more than a century of cumulative experience in design and construction of commercial and multi-family residential mid-rises and high-rises.

CPE: Tell us more about your upcoming projects. What are your goals for 2014?

Boury: Our plan is to focus on build-to-suit opportunities as well as lease out the remaining space at Frost Tower.

CPE: Where else have you invested, apart from the Metroplex?

Boury: Harwood International has prime offices and projects in select niche markets in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Geneva, London’s West End, Paris, Sunnyvale and Zurich. The full-service real estate company covers every aspect of real estate acquisition, development, construction, design and management of both commercial and multi-family residential mid-rise and high-rise properties.

CPE: What’s one challenge that you’ve overcome on your path to success?

One challenge we faced was showing potential tenants the economics behind building efficient floor-plate plans. For instance, we had a high-profile client in downtown and they had a hard time justifying moving into a newer space with a higher price per square foot. Once I was able to show them how they can be much more efficient and in Dallas’ prime location with HARWOOD’s amenities and services, they realized that they could have the best of everything and were sold.


By Lance Murray

Dallas Business Journal

Best Real Estate Deals 2014 cover

Some awards programs have gained prestige through many years of honoring the best in their industries.

There’s the Oscars, the Grammys, the Pulitzers, and for real estate deals in Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s the Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2013.

For the 22nd year, we will honor the biggest deals in real estate in multiple categories. We received scores of nominations that were judged on their size and importance to the DFW market. The winners will be honored at a banquet April 29 at the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave.

Urban Office Deal

Frost Tower by Harwood International

KPMG Lease at Hall Arts

Parkland Hall

The Richards Group’s new 250,000-square-foot HQ office tower

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By Jamie Stengle


FEB. 24, 2014, 4:40 P.M. E.S.T

Gabriel Barbier-Mueller bought his first samurai armor about 20 years ago from an antiques dealer in Paris, sparking a fascination that helped him create one of the most significant private collections in the world related to the Japanese warriors.

Although the vast majority of the Texas-based businessman’s pieces come from auction houses, art dealers and collectors, he still relishes visiting small European antiques stores seeking hidden treasures and strolling flea markets, as he adds helmets, weapons and other samurai artifacts that span the centuries.

“Every year starts with: ‘I’ve got everything I need. There’s nothing on the market.’ And somehow you luck out on something, and you discover new things,” said Barbier-Mueller, a Swiss-born real estate developer who opened a samurai museum last year near downtown Dallas.

Part of the collection — now numbering in the hundreds — is on an international tour that began two years ago in Paris and opened this month at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. It will head to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art after the current exhibit ends Aug. 31.

The Kimbell display features more than 140 works including 20 suits of armor, three armors for horses and helmets and weapons from various eras of the samurai. Samurai armors are made of a variety of materials, often intertwined — from iron to wood to fur to leather.

The entire collection is among the world’s most notable private collections and is only rivaled by a few museums in the U.S., said Thom Richardson, deputy master at the Royal Armouries, the United Kingdom’s National Museum of Arms and Armour in Leeds.

“Many of the pieces in the Barbier-Mueller collection are quite familiar to Japanese armor scholars in the West,” Richardson said.

The history of the samurai dates back to 792, when Japan stopped conscripting troops and landowners began assembling their own warriors, called samurai. By 1185, warlords ruled in the name of the emperor and clans used their samurai to vie for power. The samurai class was abolished after the emperor again ruled supreme in 1868.

Barbier-Mueller said after the samurai were disbanded, many artifacts were sold or melted down for steel. Since so many pieces were sold off, he can track most of his pieces to sales at European auction houses in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Barbier-Mueller said one piece he acquired was bought from a descendent of a minister who left Japan in 1920, returning to England with an entire collection of samurai armor.

The collection spans enough of the samurai history that one can see the difference in helmets as warfare progresses from bows and arrows to guns, said Jennifer Casler Price, the Kimbell’s curator of Asian and non-Western art. She said helmet designs became more elaborate through the years in order to identify fellow warriors amid the smoke from gunfire.

“They have assembled this really exceptional collection,” she said. “I think people will be rather dazzled.”

Barbier-Mueller came to Dallas in 1979 and founded his company, Harwood International, in 1988. His projects around the world include an area featuring offices, residences and restaurants near downtown Dallas, including the building that houses his museum.

But the 57-year-old said he still finds time to expand the historical collection he’s built along with his wife, Ann, whenever and wherever he can. A discovery just last year came when he spotted a polished copper ball in a store down a tiny Parisian street and learned it was a mirror samurai used for protection.

“It’s what you would have hung on the ceiling,” he said. “They would travel and they were hosted by people along their journey. If they lay down and looked at that ball, it’s like a 360-degree mirror, so they could have seen anybody coming to attack them.”


If You Go…

SAMURAI: ARMOR FROM THE ANN AND GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER COLLECTION: Exhibit at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas, or 817-332-8451. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday noon-8 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.; closed Monday. Adults, $14; seniors and students, $12; Children 6-11, $10; under 6 free. Admission is half-price on Tuesday and after 5 p.m. on Friday.

THE ANN & GABRIEL BARBIER-MUELLER MUSEUM: THE SAMURAI COLLECTION: 2501 North Harwood St., Dallas, Texas, on second floor of historic St. Ann’s School building, above Saint Ann Restaurant and Bar, or 214-965-1032. Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Monday. Admission is free.

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Dallas-based Harwood International – developer of HARWOOD, Dallas’ fastest growing district – recently broke ground on Frost Tower. The 22-story Class AA office tower is a build-to-suit featuring approximately 167,000 RSF including two office penthouses with private balconies and over 9,000 RSF of mixed retail and landscaped Japanese-inspired garden along the lower level. Frost Tower will be the seventh phase within the district of HARWOOD. Frost, a long-term tenant of HARWOOD, will expand and occupy approximately 57,000 RSF of the development, leaving six office floors and two penthouse floors consisting of 9,446 RSF and 11,301 RSF available. Each floor is 13,119 RSF and allows every tenant elevator visibility and high-rise views. The naming tenant, Frost Bank (NYSE: CFR), founded in 1868, is Texas’ premier banking, investments and insurance company with more than $21 billion in assets.

By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor

Global real estate developer and investor Harwood International plans to break ground on Frost Tower, a 22-story build-to-suit office project in Uptown Dallas. The naming tenant, Frost Bank, is Texas’ premier banking, investments and insurance company, with more than $21 billion in assets.

The Class AA high-rise will feature approximately 167,251 square feet of office space, including two penthouses with private balconies and more than 9,000 square feet of mixed retail and landscaped Japanese-inspired garden along the lower level.

Frost Tower will be the seventh phase within the district of Harwood, a $3 billion master-planned community that encompasses more than 17 city blocks in the heart of Uptown Dallas. The mixed-use development currently showcases more than 1 million square feet of Class AA office, residential, retail and restaurant space, with approximately 5,000 parking garage spaces as well as 6.5 acres of landscaped gardens, elaborate green roofs and public green spaces.

Frost Bank, a long-term tenant of the district, will expand its footprint and take over approximately 57,000 square feet of space in the new building. According to the developer, six typical floors of office are currently available for lease, as well as two penthouse floors consisting of 9,466 square feet on level 22 and 11,301 square feet on level 21, each with a private terrace. Each floor is 13,119 square feet and allows every tenant elevator visibility and high-rise views of the Dallas skyline.

Up to now, Harwood International has completed six phases of the 17-phase Harwood District – including the Rolex, a local landmark and Uptown’s first office building; 2728, a 10-story, 178,384-square-foot office building that houses the Marie Gabrielle Garden, an award-winning, 1.5 acre European-style rooftop pocket park with benches, a reflection pond and several small private gardens; 2828, a 20-story, Class AA office building that contains 220,661 square feet of space; Saint Ann Court, a 26-story building offering 314,361 rentable square feet; Azure, a 31-story condominium residence tower featuring 156 apartment homes; and several parks and gardens. At full build-out, Harwood District is expected to include more than 7 million square feet of condominium, office and retail space.

Harwood International is a global real estate developer and value-add investor with offices and projects in select niche markets in Beverly Hills, Dallas, Sunnyvale’s Gold Coast, Geneva, London’s West End, Paris and Zurich’s Golden Triangle.

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