Former Foster + Partners and Aecom boss Morgan Fleming will succeed Perkins+Will design director Diane Thorsen, after she sent shockwaves through the industry by resigning this week.
Fleming joined Perkins+Will in February 2019 and Commercial Interior Design can now reveal that his appointment comes after Thorsen – who helped set up the firm’s Dubai studio in 2010 – confirmed she will step down on 27 June to pursue new opportunities.
Fleming’s appointment was reported back in March 2019, but its full gravity has only come to light after this site exclusively revealed Thorsen’s decision to leave a studio that grew from three to 106 people under her leadership.
Fleming has been named principal design director of Perkins+Will and is expected to lead the US-based business into a new phase of growth.
Thosen said the studio was planning to take on “larger scale projects” where it could “integrate interiors and architecture as one completely unified team”.
Fleming has joined following a string of changes at Perkins+Will, which included Martin Smith coming on as director of corporate interiors in December 2018.