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Diane Thorsen, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP

Hospitality Leader, Design Director, Principal

Diane is a global leader of Gensler’s Hospitality practice and Design Director based in the firm’s Dubai office. Passionate about creative solutions in interior architecture, Diane believes that great design begins with understanding a client’s vision and culture in order to design from the inside out. Her strong leadership skills coupled with her extensive experience spanning over 30 years has resulted in an award-winning design studio comprised of thought leaders. Most notably, her designs for international workplace, hospitality, healthcare, and mixed-use developments exhibit attention to detail, a love of local art, and quality of craftsmanship. Her award-winning work is guided by a design approach focused on human-centric design, creativity, collaboration, and forward-thinking perspective with a structured, detailed process.

A graduate of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture from the University of Johannesburg South Africa, Diane furthered her studies to include sustainability and is a LEED Accredited Professional and a WELL Building Accredited Professional. Diane is a Registered Interior Designer within the IIDA and serves on the advisory board of the American University in Dubai.