34 Laila Al-Yousef

DE­SIGN DI­REC­TOR AND PART­NER, SAY STU­DIO

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Mov­ing on from her pre­vi­ous role as se­nior in­te­rior de­signer at Perkins+Will, where she was recog­nised for her out­stand­ing work within the cor­po­rate workspace sec­tor, Laila Al-Yousef started her bou­tique firm ear­lier this year, along with for­mer col­league, Matthew Sex­ton.

With a strong fo­cus on so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ethos, Al Yousef is widely known for her ac­tive in­volve­ment in the con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion and the growth of the Surge for Wa­ter ini­tia­tive, which orig­i­nally launched five years ago. Sus­tain­abil­ity is an­other piv­otal area for the young Emi­rati de­signer and her new firm, as she aims to in­spire young women, es­pe­cially Emi­rati fe­male tal­ent in the cre­ative sec­tors.

Among the firm’s re­cently com­pleted projects is the new of­fices of global en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tancy firm, Cun­dall, which fea­tures a num­ber of in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tions of dis­carded and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in its in­te­rior.

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