One Central and Dubai Hills Estate veteran to expand interior design operation
Perkins+Will (P+W) has announced Martin Smith as its director of corporate interiors for the Dubai office. In his role, he will focus on expanding the company’s regional interior design business and will report directly to P+W managing director, Roger Wilson.
Smith has over 18 years of experience working within the real estate and construction industries, including 13 years of GCC experience. He has worked on several international projects across sectors, from the management of large-scale development programmes to leading corporate fit-out projects.
“I am thrilled to join Perkins+Will, a company known and respected for delivering world-class design services globally across many end-markets and projects. I’m excited to be a part of Perkins+Will’s vision for growth, including expansion into Saudi Arabia. I’ve admired Perkins+Will from the outside for many years and I’m delighted, therefore, to have been chosen to join the company in the next exciting phase of its journey. I greatly look forward to working with the team and collaborating with clients to achieve further success in the years to come,” said Smith.
Smith holds a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Loughborough University. After transitioning to a project management firm in 2008, he worked on the commercial office component of the mixed-use Dubai Trade Centre District, now known as One Central. He has also led various corporate real estate projects for international energy companies and investment banks. Most recently he led the flagship retail mall project at Dubai Hills Estate.
“We plan to expand our corporate interiors offering in the region by offering design, fit out and refurbishment services that are second to none,” Smith added.
Wilson commented, “We are delighted to make this addition to the Dubai studio. Martin comes to us with a wealth of experience across multiple end-market developments and has an exceptional track record of executing prestigious projects in the region. I very much look forward to seeing what we can achieve together, and I’m sure his addition to the team will enable us to reach our growth targets in the region’s interior design space.”