Perkins+Will names new MD for Dubai studio

Appointment better positions firm for growth in the Middle East

Roger Wilson has taken the reins as managing director of Perkins+Will’s (P+W) Dubai studio, according to a statement from the firm. Wilson takes over from Steven Charlton, who has now been appointed as managing director of P+W’s London studio.

The global architecture and design firm currently has over 100 professionals in its local studio, and Wilson will work on client engagement and design strategy with studio design directors Diane Thorsen and Firas Hnoosh.

“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. 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,” said Wilson.

Wilson joins P+W from another international architecture and design firm, where he worked on large-scale retail, aviation and mixed-use commercial projects within the EMEA territory. He also has experience launching successful architectural endeavors in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

“It is with great enthusiasm that I ‘pass the torch’ to Roger to lead this dynamic practice and take it to the next level. 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,” comments Charlton.

In recent years, P+W’s Dubai studio has won a number of awards for its corporate interior designs. More recently, the firm says it has also earned a reputation in the EMEA region for excellence across multiple disciplines and practice areas, including architecture, landscape, urban planning, transportation, hospitality and healthcare.

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