Woods Bagot appoints two Dubai principals

Woods Bagot appoints two Dubai principals
Published: 9 September 2019 - 7:53 a.m.

Paolo Testolini and Priya Mrinal have been named principals of Woods Bagot's Dubai studio as the architectural design firm expands globally.

The Australia-headquartered practice, which worked on Dubai’s Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, appointed Testolini, Mrinal and seven other international principals.

Priya Mrinal has worked at Woods Bagot’s Dubai studio for more than nine years, delivering high-project projects such as the 80-storey Index Tower in Dubai International Financial Centre. This environmentally-focused skyscraper was designed so that its concrete cores shelter the residential floors from the sun, reducing energy costs by minimising the load on air conditioning.

She also worked on Jumeirah Al Naseem and the retail district on man-made Bluewaters Island. She is now a principal at the practice.

Paolo Testolini, meanwhile, has been named principal and global sector leader for cities and places.

A RIBA-certified architect, Testolini will oversee Woods Bagot's global masterplanning and urban design team.

His has led large-scale master planning and mixed-use projects in China, Greece, Mexico and the UK.

He also worked on the Palm Jumeirah masterplan and the souks scheme for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Mrinal and Testolini were named principals along with seven others. The nine new principals will work together to lead the development and international expansion of Woods Bagot.

Rhonda Mitchell has been named a principal at the Melbourne office; Jason Fraser and Tracey Wiles have been picked for Sydney; Steve Trstenjak is the new Hong Kong principal; James Taylor will lead the London studio alongside fellow principals Debby Ray and Simon Saint.

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