Perkins+Will appoints design director for Dubai

Perkins+Will has appointed a new design director for its Dubai office.

Firas Hnoosh has joined the firm to oversee all architecture work originating from the Dubai practice.

In his role as design director for Perkins+Will’s Dubai office, Hnoosh will guide a growing team of 30 architects through all stages of design for mixed-use developments, high-rise office buildings, hotels, universities, and cultural centres.

Hnoosh will also work closely with London-based EMEA regional design director Jo Palma, who joined Perkins+Will in September 2015, and with whom he has already collaborated on a number of design projects in the past.

He said: “My interest lies in exploring the boundaries of marrying architecture and engineering, with their often conflicting demands, to create a timeless design.

“I am proud to be part of a firm with such an outstanding reputation for design excellence, innovation, and sustainability, and am eager to contribute to its successes from our Dubai studio.”

Dubai office managing director Steven Charlton added: “Firas’ international leadership experience will help take our burgeoning architecture practice to a whole new level, nurturing a culture of design excellence among our growing staff and complementing our already robust corporate interiors practice/

“His multicultural background, ability to speak several languages, and comprehensive understanding of the markets in EMEA, particularly the GCC countries, will also ensure stronger relationships with our clients.”

Hnoosh has over 17 years of professional design experience, and has held design director roles for the Abu Dhabi practices of two large international architectural firms. He has also served as the head of a studio for the London practice of a renowned global design firm.

His commercial and institutional building portfolio includes projects such as The National Bank of Abu Dhabi Global Headquarters on Al Maryah Island; the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Mina Zayed for the Abu Dhabi Port Company; a large mixed-use development in Dubai for Majid Al-Futtaim Group; Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey mixed-use residential and hotel tower in east London at the Olympic Village; and a large retail center in Bahrain Bay in Manama.