Diane Thorsen has joined Gensler Middle East as design director of hospitality.
She was previously at design director at Perkins+Will.
Passionate about creative solutions in interior architecture, Thorsen believes that great design begins with understanding a client’s vision and their culture and designing from the inside out.
A graduate of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thorsen has worked in the region for more than a decade, completing projects across a multitude of sectors: corporate workplace, healthcare, hospitality, residential, aviation, transportation and mixed use.
She said: “Design now addresses responses that are ethical, creative, connected, tasteful and sustainable. People now seek out rare and shareable experiences that focus on wellness, service and authentic experiences in beautifully but simply designed spaces.”
Tim Martin, managing director for Gensler Middle East, added, “Diane brings a passion for design and a dedication to design excellence. She is constantly researching and always exploring. Her understanding of every aspect of the business brings international and regional expertise to our firm, clients and projects. In the studio, her enthusiasm is infectious and is already influencing our next generation of designers.”
In her role at Gensler, Thorsen will engage with clients to understand and develop, lead and drive a client’s strategic goals through the power of design.