Perkins+Will appoints new associate principal in Dubai

John Lister has over 25-years of commercial architectural experience

John Lister

Perkins+Will has grown its team in Dubai with the appointment of John Lister, associate principal, director of architecture mixed-use and commercial. Lister has over 25-years of commercial architectural experience including three years working in the UAE on retail, leisure and hospitality developments.

Lister’s recent portfolio of work includes the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Aldar’s Yas Mall Hotel, Emaar’s Signature Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour and Emaar South.

“I’m honoured to have joined Perkins+Will, which I see as a fantastic opportunity and the move I have been looking for since arriving in the UAE. The position is exactly where I want to be and I am fully aligned with the direction the organisation is going. I first came into contact with Perkins+Will while working on the Vida Hotel Bahrain project, where I was very impressed with the open, flexible and efficient approach to problem solving. The way the management team at Perkins+Will takes ownership and makes quick and smart decisions that move things forward in a way that’s entirely uncommon in the global workspace is fantastic,” commented Lister.

Lister predicts an exciting future ahead for the region’s architecture industry saying, “I wouldn’t be in this part of the world if I didn’t see continued exciting growth and the pipeline looks impressive. With huge global events planned in the next few years, the spotlight is very much on the Gulf countries, so I believe we are the perfect place for cutting-edge architecture. The UAE is a perfect example of a government that never rests on its laurels and the country will continue to steadily grow – particularly across housing, commercial, education and healthcare sectors”.

Perkins+Will Principal, Steven Charlton, welcomed the appointment, “We are proud to make this important addition to Middle East operations. John is not only extremely well-qualified and experienced, but his personality will be the perfect fit for the team and I have no doubt he will prove to be an inspirational driving force for all that work with him.”


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