Hayssam Moubayed


Hayssam was born in Lebanon and arrived in Paris at the age of 18 to pursue his studies in design. He graduated with distinction from Ecole Camondo in Paris in interior architecture and product design. He then moved to London where he studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Over a period of 8 years working in London, Hayssam gained valuable experience with HOK International, Sidell Gibson Architects and Reardon Smith Architects, working on commercial, hospitality, residential, and heritage projects for the Crown Estates. In 2009, together with Gretel Mitchell, they founded the architecture practice Grenadines Studio and later gbbd to bring their projects to reality.

During the past decade on Bequia, Hayssam has designed buildings, interiors and furniture that blend seamlessly into the context and are a pleasure to inhabit and to use. He loves exploring and testing design solutions through volume, light and material expression, to arrive at a unique and engaging design. He is both creative and technical, and his meticulous attention to detail, which is exhibited throughout every stage of the design and construction, means each project is finely crafted.

Professional qualifications
Architectural Association School of Architecture,
London, England. MArch, AADipl
Ecole Camondo, Paris, France. BA (Hons)


Gretel Mitchell


Gretel was born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and grew up in Bequia and Toronto, Canada. She studied fashion design at Ryerson University prior to moving to Paris and pursuing her studies in interior architecture and product design at Ecole Camondo.

While at Ecole Camondo, Gretel and Hayssam met and began their architectural journey. This journey took them to London where Gretel gained knowledge working in some of the UK’s leading multidisciplinary architecture practices for over 12 years. She worked at BDP where her focus was in the retail sector in France, the workplace sector in the UK for clients such as PWC and the BBC and on heritage projects including the University of London administrative buildings and Senate House Library (Art Deco grade II listed). She later expanded her knowledge while working under the directorship of Ken Yeang, known for his ecological architecture, where she was responsible for the interior design strategy for the Phase 2 of the Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Gretel’s ability to structure, communicate and manage each unique project has led to many successful projects abroad and on Bequia. She is sensitive in her design approach—an instinctive response to proportion, purpose and place, enriched by her cross-cultural and work experience. She also places equal importance on architecture and interior design, ensuring each project at gbbd is seamlessly developed at each stage of the process.

Professional qualifications
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Bachelor of Design (BDes)
Ecole Camondo, Paris, France, BA (Hons)
Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (FCSD)