Diane Thorsen is one of the founding members of the Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. With extensive experience of spanning over 20 years, Thorsen is focussed on creating quality and sustainable designs. A graduate of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture from University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Thorsen’s international work brought her to the Middle East in 2008 where she embraced the region’s nuances and responded with sensitivity to appropriate design solutions. Most notably her designs for international workplace, hospitality, and mixed-use developments display attention to detail, a love of local art, and quality of craftsmanship. Her award-winning work and design approach is informed by sustainability, holistic, innovative project delivery, and user-centric design and research. Some of her notable designs include Adidas office at Dubai Design District and LinkedIn office in Dubai.

Thorsen is handling various prominent projects in the region like BLVD Heights, a premium twin-tower complex presiding over the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard; Chedi Ras al Hadd, Oman which is a remote beach resort that draws inspiration from Omani Heritage and culture; and Movenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, which is a prime beachfront location, offering guests unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf and the picturesque Ras Al Khaimah coastline. The project will feature world-class entertainment attractions, restaurants, cafes, and fitness facilities.

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