Diane Thorsen

BA (Hons)

Design Director



Driven by design excellence and creative responses to a clients’ brief, Diane is a principal, Design Director, and one of the founders of the Perkins+Will's Dubai studio. Her extensive experience spanning over 20 years couple with leadership ability has resulted in an award-winning design studio of thought leaders. A graduate of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa, Diane has focused on creating quality design from the inside out. Her 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.