Gabriel Barbier-Mueller

Founder and CEO of Harwood International Gabriel Barbier-Mueller is the founder and CEO of Harwood International in Dallas, Texas. Born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, he moved to Dallas in 1979.

Founded in 1988, Harwood International is a global real estate development firm with 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. These urban Walk-to-Life projects have adopted the planning principles of “City Comforts.”


In addition to the growing portfolio of properties and development projects from London to Beverly Hills, Gabriel’s signature development is the award-winning district of HARWOOD in Uptown Dallas.

Through his development of residential high-rises and commercial headquarters for various companies – including Centex, Frost Bank, Jones Day, Rolex buildings in Dallas, Lititz, PA, Beverly Hills, and Paris among others – he has worked with such acclaimed architects as James Cheng, Michael Graves, Richard Keating, Kengo Kuma, Joey Shimoda, and Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

Mr. Barbier-Mueller’s projects have been published in the Master Series of Architects book series and have won numerous awards such as the Los Angeles Beautification Award, a national landscaping award from the Urban Land Institute for the International Center Gardens, national awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Preservation Achievement Award, the Trammell Crow Urban Forestry Award, and the City of Dallas Urban Design award.

Fluent in French, German and English, and with a working knowledge of Spanish, Mr. Barbier-Mueller has established and maintained a strong European and American partner base of institutions and large individuals.

Mr. Barbier-Mueller is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and is the Legacy Chairman of the Business Council for the Arts. He also serves as Honorary Consul of Switzerland for North Texas and is serving on the board of SMU’s Cox School of Business, past Executive Council Member of the Real Estate Finance and Investment Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and past Board Member of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin (’04 – ‘07) and past Board of Trustees Member of the Dallas Museum of Art. Gabriel is a former member of the Dallas-Lone Star Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and an active member of both World President’s Organization (WPO) and Chief Executive Organization (CEO). He holds an Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.