Former Perkins+Will design director Diane Thorsen arrived in the GCC in 2008 and has worked across hospitality, mixed-used developments and workplaces, creating spaces with attention to local art, quality and craftsmanship. The South Africa-born designer boasts more than 20 years’ experience and sent shockwaves across the design world this year by resigning from Perkins+Will to pursue human-centric design. She will return to the Middle East, though.
A graduate of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thorsen has worked on hundreds of projects spanning corporate workplace, healthcare, hospitality, residential, aviation, transportation and mixed use.
“I’m super excited to be on the judging panel this year and to be able to connect with the industry at a different level,” she shares. “Competitions like this not only shape the industry but elevate the best. I’m interested to see how we can influence and shape our industry to world-class levels with an emphasis on great ethics across the board. This is what our industry needs to become truly world class.”
Thorsen is looking for designers who “push boundaries to find connections at a human and social level” because “design affects every part of our lives and great designers understand and reflect that in their work.”
Commercial Interior Design would like to thank the judges for giving up time in their busy schedules to select the 2019 winners, as well as extend our warmest to everyone who has entered the awards. We wish everyone the best of luck.
Check out the full shortlist for the CID Awards 2019.
The CID Awards 2019 takes place at the Johara Ballroom in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on Wednesday, 11 September.