The 34-year-old design director of Say Studio, Laila Al-Yousuf, was a former protégé of design heavyweight Diane Thorsen during their time together at Perkins+Will. But Al-Yousuf is now flying solo after establishing her own practice with Matthew Sexton in June 2018.
The company has completed 13 projects in total, including the sustainable head office of Cundall and a corporate space for tech giant HP in Dubai Media City’s Innovation Hub.
She has doubled the size of her boutique team from four to eight people and diversified Say Studio’s portfolio by securing projects in retail, food and beverage and five-star hospitality this year. Due to the growth of the company, Al-Yousuf moved Say Studio into a new office in The Onyx that was designed to meet WELL and LEED building standards.