Global architecture and design practice Perkins+Will has announced the appointment of its new managing director, Roger Wilson, who will be working beside the studio’s design directors, Diane Thorsen and Firas Hnoosh.
Wilson is taking over from former MD Steven Charlton, who is now assuming the role of managing director of the firm’s London office.
“I’m thrilled to establish my base in Dubai and put my knowledge of the UAE marketplace and wider Gulf region to work for both Perkins+Will and the clients we serve,” Wilson said. “There is so much opportunity in this part of the world, and I look forward to collaborating with Diane, Firas and colleagues around the firm to build on what they have created.”
Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio is particularly well known for its corporate interior designs, but in recent years, has expanded its portfolio across multiple disciplines such as architecture, landscape, urban planning, transportation, hospitality and healthcare.
The firm’s recent and ongoing projects include King’s College Hospital in Dubai, multiple residential and hospitality projects for Emaar, Aldar and Eagle Hills in the GCC, and a Marriott Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The firm, which had previously won Interior Design Firm of the Year at the CID Awards, this year picked up an award for its work on the Adidas HQ in Dubai Design District.
“It is with great enthusiasm that I ‘pass the torch’ to Roger to lead this dynamic practice and take it to the next level,” said Charlton. “The Dubai market is known for rapid change and dynamism, necessitating agility both from a business and a design perspective. Roger brings all of that to our office, as well as great energy and expertise. The team – and most important, our clients – are in safe hands.”
Wilson joins Perkins+Will from another international architecture and design firm, where he built up extensive experience working on large-scale retail, aviation and mixed-use commercial projects within the EMEA region. He also has experience launching successful architectural enterprises in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.
Some of his most notable projects over the years have included city centre regeneration masterplans for Lancaster, Bath, and Portsmouth in the UK; retail master planning and interior design for Critic Square in Shanghai and Landmark Prince’s in Hong Kong; retail design and master planning for the likes of Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai; Heathrow Airport T5 and Gatwick North Terminal. Wilson’s clients have included Hammerson, British Land, and Multi Development.
Meanwhile, in London, Charlton succeeds Jack Pringle, PPRIBA, Hon. AIA, who served as the managing director of Perkins+Will’s London office for the last five years. Pringle is now focused on strategic growth and the development of new regional client relationships as Perkins+Will’s regional rirector for the EMEA region.
Pringle said the leadership transition will result in stronger architecture and urban design practices in both the London and Dubai studios, while ensuring a high quality, personalised service for clients locally, regionally and internationally.
“The greatest thing I’ve learned about Perkins+Will is: not only are we a large, extremely capable firm full of world-class design expertise, but we also deliver a personal service with a thorough understanding of each office’s local market. While our reach is great and our numbers vast, we are nimble, adaptable and absolutely committed to serving the local communities in which we work,” Pringle said. “With the fresh, dynamic energy that Steven and Roger bring to their respective offices, there’s a lot for us to look forward to.”