Leading the creative design direction and managing the design process at Perkins + Will, Diane Thorsen remains the creative force behind the studio’s Dubai office, which she established in 2010 together with Steven Charlton, who has recently moved to overlook its London office.
Despite its rapid growth in previous years, Thorsen has managed to maintain the company’s ethos and is known for nurturing and supporting young designers, as well as for delivering design excellence in hospitality and corporate spaces.
Most recently, her talented team (pictured) designed fun and spirited regional headquarters in Dubai Design District for sports brand, Adidas, which won this year’s CID Award for the best office project, as well as designing offices for Pinsent Masons and Allen & Overy. The firm's hospitality team is currently working on designs that are sensitive to the natural environment for brands such as Chedi, Mövenpick, and Marriott, as well as designing public spaces for airports and public spaces.
Under Thorsen’s guidance, the team is also working on the world’s largest net zero energy building. Perkins + Will Dubai’s office is also collaborating with the London team on several projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.